Originally Posted by m82a1pa
Perhaps he can shed some light on if the firmware can be upgraded, and will it be upgraded. I expect they'll have to do something about the remotes, but it would be nice to hear something positive. Did the 80GB model ever get firmware upgrades?
*) My guess is that the firmware can be upgraded - it's just a convenience for manufacturing . . . when they sell the unit to someone they can load firmware with a screen saver with their logo, they can offer options like the language filter, yesdvd, etc.. Basically they just make a generic unit and then tailor it to what the customer wants as far as appearances and options via a firmware load.
*) Don't hold your breath on them fixing the remotes - the 2001G ones weren't fixed. I even just ordered a new one from Polaroid and it sucked too.
*) The 80gb models that were sold to other companies (Packard Bell, etc.) DO
have firmware updates available and they fixed some annoying things like the little icon in the lower right corner when a timer is set. You can load those firmware updates into the Polaroid unit, but those other brands were all sold outside the United States so they all use different standards for the tuners so if you load one of those firmwares you will dork your tuner. If you leave a note on Polaroid Tech Support asking about upgrades they send a note back saying they need more info and asking you to call them. When you call them you get a clueless person who has no idea about firmwares, etc. but they promise to look into the matter. It's annoying that the upgrades are out there but Polaroid doesn't seem interested in offering them . . . but I don't know why I'd expect them to care, they don't even care that the remotes suck!