Originally Posted by Vampidemic
In regard to the .398.E update, this update was never available as a Web site download. Several users here reported that their players became unresponsive and required service (aka 'bricked') after attempting to install the update via direct download and it became unavailable shortly thereafter. In short, I don't have a way to share it and if I did, it might not be advisable to install anyway. However, it works fairly well for me and I'm reluctant to change my configuration now that I have no means to roll back to this specific update later if I were to install another version.
As for your comment that we're all beta testers, I think there is some truth to that. Manufacturers are selling these devices (Blu-ray players) pretty cheap now, and they are exponentially more complicated than previous generations of devices they replace (DVD players, CD players, Laser Disc and VCRs).
I suspect that the development and testing process is being short changed to meet deadlines and price targets while cramming in lots of features to make the devices competitive. These software updates also likely require the coordination of multiple development and test teams (chipset maker, streaming app developers, disc player maker, networking components, etc.) so there are many potential break points once everything gets integrated into a single package that is supposed to just make everything work for end users once installed.
It's looking like the best bet as a consumer may be to get a dedicated streaming device and a separate player for disc playback. Having one device to do all seems to be too much to ask.
You are certainly right that - at least as far as the LG670 goes - it is best to have a ROKU or other dedicated streaming device! But what KILLS me is that the BD670 CAN'T EVEN PLAY DVD's CORRECTLY!
In case you don't remember my previous posts, let me remind you: I HATE LG! AND I HATE THE LG670 BLURAY PLAYER!
The only reason I have not returned it (I bought an extended warranty) is because it DOES play files on my USB Thumbdrive very well. This, however, is the ONLY thing it does well!
So why am I ranting? Because LG gave me NO option, it AUTOMATICALLY went into update mode a few weeks ago and updated my firmware so NOW once again I have the audio dropout at DVD chapter breaks. UGH! This infuriates me!
First of all no machine should AUTOMATICALLY update itself! It should ALWAYS give you the Option OR allow you to set a preference for auto vs. manual updates. But no. The &(%$@#*! BD670 just takes over and starts updating itself at power on. So I finally had it playing DVD's correctly for many months, (after having to return 2) and now it's playing them badly again.
I am probably going to keep the POS just for file playing but go out and buy a simple Bluray/DVD player that WORKS.
I skimmed through the past few pages of notes and it appears there has been no new update that once AGAIN fixes this dvd audio dropout problem? How on earth do the LG "techs" (I use the term very loosely) create the SAME problem again and again with their updates????
Finally my questions:
* CAN I downgrade to an earlier version of the software?
* Is LG_BD.8.97.382.E.rar the one I want to downgrade to?
Any help would be appreciated. As you can see the LG BD670 is driving me nucking futz!