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Very Fresh Firmware List for Panasonic! (RP91 and XP unit discoveries!!)

post #1 of 1154
Thread Starter 
The firmware can be obtained here

Note: There is two firmware discs which is available from the site. The older one is the only one which has contains the Denon 1600 firmware 068 and supports fewer models. The latest one supports units listed on the page and does not contain the Denon firmware.
post #2 of 1154
Newest RP-91 firmware version: 262 I knew it! Sango has found the holy grail of Panasonic DVD players: The most updated firmware disc for all Panasonic DVD players as of March 2004.

BTW, Sango, this list is becoming very confusing. Why don't you compose it the way you see fit - i.e. according to the model numbers and including the improvement listed. There are couple of links I can provide you that have other Panasonic DVD players listed. I just have to dig through my bookmarks...
post #3 of 1154
RP-91: http://www.goodmanstl.org/home_theat...ware%20Updates

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Firmware # Comments
155 Original Release May 2001
227 Pink Tint & Picture Shift
236 Reduced Combing
250 Grey Stripe



A105, A110, A120, A310: http://www.hometheaterforum.com/bbs/archive/23342.html
There is a big long list in this link with many users confirmed improvement. Here is some excerpt:

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Unless you have sent your DVD-A105, DVD-A110, DVD-A310 in to Panasonic for the firmware upgrade, you have the original firmware version. These players will be subject to the Sudare Noise artifact and the occasional chapter skipping at layer transitions. However, this does not mean that your player needs to be sent in. Many people have reported that their player hasn't had any objectionable problems. Sudare Noise will occur on all of these players, but the actual number of discs, that have the MPEG encoding error that triggers these artifacts, is relatively small. If you are happy with your player's performance, don't sweat it, enjoy the player.

There is a problem with some of the early model DVD-A120s (manufactured before March 1999) that where shipped with the old revision of firmware. Panasonic claims that only 4% of DVD-A120 players that were shipped, are affected. If one has a player that exhibits severe pixellation on some dual layer discs or skips chapters, this is likely one of the affected players. The "fix" is a simply upgrade of the firmware in the onboard ROM.

Current firmware numbers:
The following firmware numbers are known to be the most current revision. All DVD-A120s should have this number (or similar) if manufactured March 1999 or later. All other players will have these numbers (or similar) AFTER the upgrade.

DVD A120 - 0100404C4, 0100453C8
(However, several owners with an original firmware number of 0100367C2 have reported little or no problems)

DVD A310 - **** U733, after upgrade, the U733 is the important part.

DVD A110 - **** U733, after upgrade, the U733 is the important part.
post #4 of 1154
Thread Starter 
Done! Start thread changed.

Not sure where to put documentation of the changes but at least it's easier to read.
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Hmm is anyone willing to test the firmware disc on the the CP67/72 and RP56/62 as well?
post #5 of 1154
A dead link is a dead link. What a joke.
post #6 of 1154
HoustonGuy:

What is wrong? Don't you want firmware upgrade for your precious XP30s?
post #7 of 1154
Thread Starter 
I did an update to the firmware list.
RP56 now has version 62 as I used the disc.
post #8 of 1154
Quote:


Originally posted by Sango
I did an update to the firmware list.
RP56 now has version 62 as I used the disc.

That's pretty crazy that this disc can update multiple players. Especially odd that there is newer firmware for old (RP56/91) players.
post #9 of 1154
i have an xp30
how do i find out the firmware on it and how do i upgrade it and what will it change?
post #10 of 1154
Thread Starter 
RelDudeGOP:

I've changed the start thread which includes the way to check for the firmware.

Upgrading is pretty simple. Just put the disc in and you will be presented with a question asking if you want to update or not.

For changes, I've explained it on my other thread which applies for the RP82. Pleease read here.

Changes for XP30/50 should be the same but Sam/Omikron haven't commented on their units as of yet.
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Omikron and Sam please comment your updated units after do your observations.

Sam, before you update your XP30 to 302, try watching something first then upgrade then watch it again. Also comment about the XP50 and RP91 upgraded.
post #11 of 1154
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Originally posted by Sango
Changes for XP30/50 should be the same but Sam/Omikron haven't commented on their units as of yet.
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Omikron and Sam please comment your updated units after do your observations.

Sam, before you update your XP30 to 302, try watching something first then upgrade then watch it again. Also comment about the XP50 and RP91 upgraded.

Here's my observations (or lack thereof):

RP91K V259-> V262: Can't say there's much going on here. Possibly better bad edit detection in Auto3, but on film concerts, edited on video, you can still see some combing at the scene change. I did verify that V262 doesn't really change the MP3 audio peformance. As before, the RP91K can play 128Mb, 320Mb, and CBR encoded MP3s. No WMA or anything else. I think the change from V259-V262 is like going from V250-V259, i.e. small if any.

XP30/50 V272-V302: Let's just make it a given that XP30 & XP50 are identical video wise. I own each of the players and have spent serious time trying to distinguish the two, but am unable. So, that being said...I really didn't see any picture improvement on this update either. Now I already am really impressed with what the original firmware does on good DVDs, still looks stunning w/V302. I pulled out Video Essentials, looked at some patterns, the whole nine yards. I don't want to say there are no improvements, but I may not be able to spot them. If anything, the menu navigation time may be improved slightly, but I have no quantitative way to measure this observation. Also checked the audio features post-update. Still able to play the same 3 MP3 formats as the RP91K + WMA discs. No changes.

FWIW, my display is a 55" Mitsubishi Diamond CRT RPTV WS-55908 ISF'd by Steve Martin (aka Cheezmo).

If anyone has any specific scenes or tests they'd like me to look at, let me know.

EDIT: After a little more time comparing XP30/50 pre and post update, I will come to the conclusion that there is possibly a picture improvement w/V302. I used identical DVDs of Runaway Jury playing at slightly different starting points to switch on the fly. If anything, V302 has improved color rendition, and possibly improvements related to MPEG decoding. You know, the MPEG noise inherent in big blocks of transitioning color on almost every DVD? It is slightly less visible with V302. The picture is not softer, rather the decoding is less noisy.
post #12 of 1154
Thread Starter 
Sam,

That description of the improvements fits what I was seeing on my anime DVD except I didn't know how to put it into words. I noticed the same thing when I tested the RP56 and the PQ went up just like the 82 did.

Sango
post #13 of 1154
I have the xp50. Where can I obtain the firmware update disk? Thanks in advance
post #14 of 1154
Thread Starter 
start thread
post #15 of 1154
Where can you get the firmware update?.I have the RP-82
post #16 of 1154
Thread Starter 
You can't get it anywhere because Panasonic will say there is none.

This has been discussed on my other thread.
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I'll discuss my version of what I saw on my RP82 once again.

I watched just one anime(Last Exile) so far and I notice the difference quite easily. The video plays more fluidly than before and PQ is better as well as I can see more details in the picture.
post #17 of 1154
Omikron- as you very well know, sticking firmware in an XP-30 is like throwing a cow chip in a punch bowl at a State Dinner.
post #18 of 1154
How about the Xp50? Will updating the firmware yield beneficial results? If yes, can someone please show me how to obtain it? Thanks
post #19 of 1154
Quote:


Originally posted by Sango
You can't get it anywhere because Panasonic will say there is none.

This has been discussed on my other thread.
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I'll discuss my version of what I saw on my RP82 once again.

I watched just one anime(Last Exile) so far and I notice the difference quite easily. The video plays more fluidly than before and PQ is better as well as I can see more details in the picture.

Well that sucks.By the way my spindle motor went on my RP82.After reading how to check the firmware and checking what firmware I had the RP82 kicked the bucket right after that.I get the H02 error.I have an extended 2 year warranty on it until March 7,2006 so I will be dropping it off tomorrow for repair.I laso have a Panasonic DMR-E50 so atleast I have something to use in the mean time.When I checked the firmware I couldn't make it out.It had 3 sets of numbers and a letter or 2.
post #20 of 1154
Ripper64:

Maybe this update disc will also work on Panasonic DMR-E50 DVD recorder.
post #21 of 1154
The underlined links to the 262 firmware for the RP91, in Sango's original post, doesn't work for me. Anyone have a link to that site?
post #22 of 1154
Thread Starter 
Ok now I begin to understand Houston's and merc's post now.

Those are not hyperlinks. I just put underlines to indicate lastest versions of the firmware. I applogize for the confusion.

I have now change them to bold italics in the start thread.
post #23 of 1154
Quote:


Those are not hyperlinks. I just put underlines to indicate lastest versions of the firmware. I applogize for the confusion.

Sango,

Okay... then where can I find the 262 firmware? Where did you find the 262 firmware for the RP91?

Thanks!
post #24 of 1154
Thread Starter 
Hi Merc:

As discussed several times, nobody can get any firmware by asking Panasonic as vic tried to as they said there is for this unit etc. etc.. This has been mentioned on my other thread.

The firmware I gotten is supposed to be for the RP82. Omikron and Sam wanted to try it out so I sent them an image and they tried it out on other units (XP30/50) it actually worked. Sam is the one who tried it on his RP91 as well (his heart was pounding when he dared it!!) he was relieved after it worked as he checked the firmware and it said version 262. It seems like the firmware disc I have applies to several units if not all.

I've also tried it on my RP56 as a test and then it changed to version 62.
post #25 of 1154
Thanks for the info Sango!

What are the benefits of the 262 firmware on the RP91 versus the 259 firmware?

Thanks!
post #26 of 1154
Thread Starter 
Hi Merc,

I don't have an RP91 so I can't really comment about about it but Sam Scamardo did post his findings on the 1st page of the thread since he owns the unit. I did comment about my 82 thou.

Sango
post #27 of 1154
Sango,any chance I can get the latest RP82 firmware from you on Messenger?.I live in Ontario,Canada.Is it worth the upgrade?.By the way,I have 272 on mine.
post #28 of 1154
Thread Starter 
The download links are available on the start thread.

I say it's worth it since I notice changes which which I mentioned which makes the PQ better.

It can also fix issues for better reading optimzation for certain discs as well.
post #29 of 1154
Sango, I just tried sending you a PM but couldn't because your inbox is full. Please send me the RP-82 firmware (ISO image) at... mvictorin@yahoo.com

P.S. Does it work for the U.S. or just Canadian units?
post #30 of 1154
Same here.Your Inbox is full
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