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post #5941 of 6156
Thanks Ekztal, from my friend who just breathed a second life into his TV set because of your post. He is way too lazy and inconsiderate to say thank you, but I wanted to make sure you got your just dues. You've saved people thousands of dollars by saving so many TVs! Way to go! You are the kind of person that makes the Internet great!

[quote=ekztal;17685537]This firmware file was edited using the method described by thunderstorm360 to flash a 'bricked' TV. My TV is a TX-47F430S, and my part # is TW-51211-C047A. My old Firmware version was 1.3.0, now it's 1.4.0 It won't check if you have the correct TV or Firmware before trying to update. It also combines parts of the update_WDE32.tgz and update_LCD1080CX.tgz firmware files. It has been verified by multiple people that it does indeed work perfectly. It also added named input labels:

Cable
PS3
Wii
Xbox

As of [Jan 3rd, 2010] it has a new start-up logo.

UPDATE [June 7th, 2010]: It has been confirmed that this firmware will work on the following Westinghouse TVs:

TX-42F430S
TX-47F430S
TX-52F480S
post #5942 of 6156
The firmware flash totally helped me out on my formerly useless 42" Westinghouse, many many many thanks and respect to ekztal for the fix... you make the internet a better place...

I am fuzzydunlop's friend and he will not stop reigning shame down upon me, but I can't argue with his rationale... this saved me, and many others, and deserves proper thanks... huzzah!
post #5943 of 6156
The modified firmware saved my TX42! Same amber LED symptom, thought I was hosed.

Best Buy replaced $500+ worth of parts last year to fix the issue:

Repair Description:
Replaced main and power supply boards

Warranty:
SKU #/Part #
Description
Line Status
Services
Products
Parts
Discount
Total Price
8702399 GEEK SQUAD 30 HT GEEK SQUAD I Complete $150.00 $0.00 $150.00
1688-2010-01-30-903-4536
8702585 GEEK SQUAD 15 HT GEEK SQUAD I Complete $35.00 $0.00 $35.00
1688-2010-01-30-903-4536
8702745 GEEK SQUAD 60 HT GEEK SQUAD I Complete $140.00 $0.00 $140.00
1688-2010-01-30-903-4536
TV PRINTED CIRCUIT B POWER SUPPLY USED $112.49 $0.00 $112.49
1688-2010-01-30-903-4536
91.3YV10.001G MAIN PCB USED $404.49 $0.00 $404.49
1688-2010-01-30-903-4536
Repair Total:

Services
Products
Parts
Discount
Total Price
Repair Total
$325.00 $0.00 $516.98 $0.00 $841.98

The same thing happened again and the extended warranty was expired. I thought I was hosed until I did some reading on this thread. Worked like a champ! Thanks all!
post #5944 of 6156
what will be the best firmware to get burn in out my tv
i have westinghouse 47 software version 5112_1.4.2
please respond thank u
post #5945 of 6156
Okay guys I'm at the end of my rope...last night I lost my HDMI on my TX-42F430S and did the hard reset by holding the power button in. When I tried to get the TV to come back up, there was nothing...just an amber light on the TV. There was a very high pitch noise from the TV itself while it was plugged in, but nothing but the amber light.

I downloaded the firmware from page 192, put it on a formatted FAT thumb drive, put it in the USB port on the TV, plugged in the TV, waited...nothing. The USB thumb drive light came on, but nothing else...sat for ten minutes waiting.

I got this TV four years ago and all I can say is that I wish I had purchased something else.

Any suggestions on how to make this beast work again?
post #5946 of 6156
Okay different situation...I get the firmware uploaded (goes from amber to flashing purple to solid blue)...I unplug the TV, take out the USB drive, then restart the TV...is an amber light again, nothing I do makes it power on.

I've done the above cycle numerous times on the factory restore firmware that Westinghouse told me to download.

When I try Ekztal's firmware the USB drive flashes once or twice and then does nothing....

Little help?
post #5947 of 6156
Come on people I'm about to ditch this tv no one has any suggestions??
post #5948 of 6156
Sorry Cyberslammer, I don't have any advice for you. Hopefully, you find a solution.

I really only posted to say how lucky I feel that mine has been running for 4 years without issue as of this week. It's merely a muted display fed from the AVR, so the tuner and speakers are practically unused. It's really a shame that we have become conditioned to the fact that we feel lucky to get 4 years out of a $1300+ purchase. Seems like the console CRT that I grew up with was on the order of 25 years old when it finally got replaced...
post #5949 of 6156
Quote:
Originally Posted by scottknight View Post

Sorry Cyberslammer, I don't have any advice for you. Hopefully, you find a solution.

Thanks. I'm a little disappointed by the responses to my question (or lack of) considering it's been a few days since I posted and others were helped immediately. I am going to take the TV to a local shop, they'll charge $75 for the diagnostic to find out what's wrong with it....
post #5950 of 6156
Tossed it out..the main board was fried and the repair cost was $100 less than a new one.

Westinghouse makes garbage...will never own one again.
post #5951 of 6156
Quote:
Originally Posted by ekztal View Post

I have an extra mainboard that I bought to fix my TV. In the time it took to get to my house I had figured out some custom firmware that fixed my problem. If you still have your problem and the custom firmware I posted doesn't work, I can send you the board for free if you're interested.

Hi there,

I just popped back in here to check on this thread and saw your response from May. IDo you still have the mainboard you referenced above? If so, would you be so kind as to send it to me?

Feel free to PM me.

Thanks!
SK
post #5952 of 6156
Well I'm surprised this thread still lives, after opening up my 47" TX after I had strange green shades throughout the screen and putting it back together 2 years ago its been running fine since, Its now past 4 years of heavy use as well on my end. Been wanting to upgrade though lately with all these bigger 55" to 60" LED TVs out there for a decent price.
post #5953 of 6156
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cyberslammer View Post

Okay guys I'm at the end of my rope...last night I lost my HDMI on my TX-42F430S and did the hard reset by holding the power button in. When I tried to get the TV to come back up, there was nothing...just an amber light on the TV. There was a very high pitch noise from the TV itself while it was plugged in, but nothing but the amber light.

I downloaded the firmware from page 192, put it on a formatted FAT thumb drive, put it in the USB port on the TV, plugged in the TV, waited...nothing. The USB thumb drive light came on, but nothing else...sat for ten minutes waiting.

I got this TV four years ago and all I can say is that I wish I had purchased something else.

Any suggestions on how to make this beast work again?

Changing the firmware on your TV will not repair it if it just up and died on its own, the firmware fix here only fixes TV's that people that were bricked from a failed firmware upgrade. If yours just up and died I would consider it junk at this point with the prices of that size LED TV out there now. Throw it to the curb, 4 years on a lot of these LCD's seems to be about average. I'm not defending the Westinghouse brand either as I cant say I was totally happy with the 47" I have still with the issues I had after 2 years and a pop in the sound from time to time but its still going.
post #5954 of 6156
Greetings all,

I have a TX-47F430S (Part # TW-51211-C047A) that has a Software Version 5121_1.3.0 Build on 2007 June 26.
This unit was unplugged for a week to get rid of some of the 4:3 burn in to the screen on the right-side of 4:3 (standard def.) frame. I've done this previously and plugged it in without any ill effects, but this time it blinked blue, then went to amber. it's stuck on amber light (E Saver) lock up.

I've downloaded ekztal's TX-42F430S - v1.4.0 - editted.zip and followed thunderstorm360, Carsfanatic and ekztal's instructions:
Format a USB stick to FAT32
Copy unpacked safe-kernel.img1 and update_WDE42.tgz to the root of the USB drive
Plugged the stick into the unit's USB port
Plugged the unit in. it blinks blue then goes to amber.
The W appears, goes away and nothing happens for 10+ minutes. Amber light.
Then I press and hold the Power On button on the side of the unit for 10 seconds and when released, get the W, the USB stick blinks, and nothing happens again.

Then I reformat the drive, unpack the files again (this time adding the board_root directory to the stick as well) and go through the steps above. Still an amber light.

It appears as if the USB is only accessed on startup. Its LED doesn't blink after that. On a computer, the USB's LED blinks when it's being accessed. but not on the TX-47. Shouldn't it be blinking if it's loading?

What am I missing???

BTW, I've saved the nearly 200 pages of this forum in PDF form. I can upload them for easier, and off-line, reading and searching if anyone would find it useful. Just let me know and I'll post URLs if I'm able (within forum rules...).
Regards and thanks for all your help and efforts.
plonked
post #5955 of 6156
This TX-47F430S unit was fixed with the software listed in the previous post. The hang up in the earlier attempts to fix it was the formatting of the USB drive. Not until I formatted the drive on a third machine did the formatting complete successfully. Two computers failed me before I got to the third...

Thanks again to all the people on this forum, especially those who kept and updated the firmware that Westinghouse will no longer distribute (let alone support).
plonked
post #5956 of 6156
I have this tv and before I flashed the custom firmware to it. The tv would come on and get to the WestingHouse logo and stay there with no button control via remote nor manualy. The tv doesnt shut off it stays on.So I flashed the custom firmware and still same thing. Then I tried updateing the firmware to 1.42.Now it gets stuck with a big W as the logo and still stays on. Im willing to try just about anything as I have time on my hands. This happen when I went out of toen and decided to unplug the tv while we was gone.When we got back this is what happen.I have also tried to hold the powe button for 10 secs same thing. Any help would be nice thank you
post #5957 of 6156
A while back my PS3 randomly stopped working with my Westinghouse TX-42F430S. I've tried all the different HDMI inputs, with no luck. I sent the PS3 in for repair, and it works fine now. It still doesn't work with the TV. I tried it with my PC monitor, and it worked fine there. I was thinking about updating the firmware on my TV, to see if it would resolve the issue. However, it seems like a lot of people here are running into issues updating their firmwares. I've done it once in the past WAY back when, and it was fine.

My current firmware info is:
build-on: 2007 Oct 25
Software Version: 5112_1.3.0

1 - What's the latest firmware (or recommended firmware for this set)?
2 - Is there a way to backup my current firmware if I encounter issues?
3 - Anything to be aware of other than follow the proper procedure etc?

Thanks so much for the info!
post #5958 of 6156
EDIT: Got the firmware upgraded.

My image retention problem persists... Has anyone upgraded the firmware and had this problem resolved? Or is there perhaps another method I can use to try and fix it?
post #5959 of 6156
Quote:
Originally Posted by Swoop12 View Post

I have this tv and before I flashed the custom firmware to it. The tv would come on and get to the WestingHouse logo and stay there with no button control via remote nor manualy. The tv doesnt shut off it stays on.So I flashed the custom firmware and still same thing. Then I tried updateing the firmware to 1.42.Now it gets stuck with a big W as the logo and still stays on. Im willing to try just about anything as I have time on my hands. This happen when I went out of toen and decided to unplug the tv while we was gone.When we got back this is what happen.I have also tried to hold the powe button for 10 secs same thing. Any help would be nice thank you

Hey there - I had a similar problem with my TV, except on mine the W logo would gradually fade to black over a period of about 5 minutes. It turned out that it was a bad T-CONN board. That is the little board that controls the digital output to the LCD panel. What it was doing was freezing whatever image came through the T-CONN first on power-up, which in the case of this TV is the W logo every time.

I was able to troubleshoot it by powering up the TV with the T-CONN connected, then selecting the MENU button on the remote (which obviously won't change the screen). Then I would unplug the T-CONN board from the mainboard, then plug it back in. When it reconnected, it displayed a black screen with the menu on it, along with a NO SIGNAL notification at top/center, and would of course freeze that onto the screen.

I messed around with this thing for almost 9 months, posting in all kinds of forums and talking to all kinds of techs, before I finally figured it out myself in the manner described above.

If you are not knowledgable about how to safely go about working on live television circuits, I highly recommend having a tech do it. If it turns out to be the T-CONN, there are often several going for like $14.99 on ebay. I won mine in an auction for $8.99/free shipping and now I'm using mine as my computer monitor. :-)

Good luck!

BEWARE: HIGH VOLTAGES ARE PRESENT INSIDE THE CASE AND CAN KILL YOU. BE CAREFUL!!

SK
post #5960 of 6156
I remember when this thread started but can't say I've read all 6000 posts. :-)

I've never flashed my TX47 and still have firmware 5110_1.1.0 with a build date of April 13, 2007. Other then the fun of hacking ( Wii label, Custom Boot Screen ) is there anything fixed in later versions of the firmware that I should concern myself with?
post #5961 of 6156
I originally tried updating my Westinghouse because the audio would always cut in and out while watching PS3 or Cable through my HDMI inputs. But all I did was brick my TV and I came up with the 'hacked' firmware that installs itself by ignoring the safety checks.

The only thing the update adds is some Smart Chip stuff for the rating system. If it's working fine you should just leave it alone.

However, if you want, you can edit the Startup logo, I think I saved the steps I used if you want to do that. It can only be a grayscale image, but I think they look okay.
post #5962 of 6156
ekztal, did your 'hacked' firmware update solve the audio problems? My TV has the same issue. In addition my blu-ray player will only work on HDMI input #4. All other HDMI inputs results in device not capable of playing protected media error! Trying to decide if I should do the update. In addition, if I do the update, will I need to reset my color/picture setting?
post #5963 of 6156
Westinghouse 42" LCD here -- I'd have to look up the model number, but I'm pretty sure it's one that's supposed to be compatible with ekztal's custom firmware.
TW-51122-C042A
42F430S

Turned it on this morning, it was on input HDMI2. I changed it to HDMI4 (to use PS3) and noticed the screen was doing some weird glittering thing (black with flecks of light sparkling here and there). I tried doing a reset (hold power button until it goes off and comes back up with the W logo) and that put it in the "I'm showing a standby light but won't turn on" mode I see mentioned a lot in this thread.

I grabbed ekztal's FW and extracted to the root of a fat32 formatted flash drive. Zip contents and zip file itself. Plugged it into service port. I do not see the light changing from orange to anything after I reconnected the power cable to turn it on. What am I doing wrong here? Is there anything I can do to try to fix this before I go out tomorrow to buy a new LCD?

Any help before I take the mounting brackets off and dump it at bestbuy to be recycled would be helpful.
post #5964 of 6156
Bought a wall mount and mounted my Westinghouse tv (TX-47F430s). Once I finished I went to plug in the tv and had some sort of power surge.

After I flipped the switch on the breaker box I noticed the LED on the front of the TV was purple when its normally orange and the tv wouldnt turn on.

I Unplugged everything and waited until the next day to try and turn it back on and still got nothing.

The LED lights on the front of the tv flicker between orange and purple. There were also two green lights flickering on the main board. One of the green lights is next to the connection on the main board for the side panel controls. This green LED light flickers in unison with the LED light in front.

The smaller green light is on the main board too and it has LED2 writen next to it in small white letters.This light flickers in unison with a soft beeping sound the tv makes.

Ive dissembled the back so I could get a look at the power supply board and the main board. Nothing looked to be damaged. There were no bulging capicators, no burns, and the fuse was covered in some sort of glue so i couldnt see thru the glass.

Ill change the fuse but other than that I dont know what to do. If anyone knows what the problem could be or has any educated guesses to the potential problem I would appreciate it.

Trying to save $ so dont want to take it to a repair man so any ideas would be great.

Thanks
post #5965 of 6156
I have a tx-47f430s. When I first turn it on it flashes purple then the solid orange light. I can't do anything from that point forward.

I've opened it up and can't see anything obvious and tried to flash it too, but it doesn't do anything when trying to flash.

There are a couple of green lights on the mother board.

Suggestions? Should I try replacing the power supply first, mother board, or both?
post #5966 of 6156
Hi ekztal,

Just wanted to say thank you for breathing some life into my Westy TX-42F430S (Part# TW-51121-C042A), which is sitting idle for last 6+ months..

Before FW upgrade
- When I unplug the power cable and plug it in, I do get the screen with big "W" logo, and nothing happens after that.. The indicator on the front of the TV, stays "amber", and never turns to BLUE..

After the FW upgrade
- I can see the "westinghouse FW 1.4" logo, able to see the picture for 2-3 seconds and goes blank.. I can hear the sound without any problems.

Any thoughts on what this could be.. Is it time for me to replace the inverter ?

I've learned a lot on this forum reading all your posts (and I will never buy another Westinghouse).

Thanks,
Sam.
post #5967 of 6156
Quote:
Originally Posted by plonked View Post

Greetings all,

I have a TX-47F430S (Part # TW-51211-C047A) that has a Software Version 5121_1.3.0 Build on 2007 June 26.
This unit was unplugged for a week to get rid of some of the 4:3 burn in to the screen on the right-side of 4:3 (standard def.) frame. I've done this previously and plugged it in without any ill effects, but this time it blinked blue, then went to amber. it's stuck on amber light (E Saver) lock up.

I've downloaded ekztal's TX-42F430S - v1.4.0 - editted.zip and followed thunderstorm360, Carsfanatic and ekztal's instructions:
Format a USB stick to FAT32
Copy unpacked safe-kernel.img1 and update_WDE42.tgz to the root of the USB drive
Plugged the stick into the unit's USB port
Plugged the unit in. it blinks blue then goes to amber.
The W appears, goes away and nothing happens for 10+ minutes. Amber light.
Then I press and hold the Power On button on the side of the unit for 10 seconds and when released, get the W, the USB stick blinks, and nothing happens again.

Then I reformat the drive, unpack the files again (this time adding the board_root directory to the stick as well) and go through the steps above. Still an amber light.

It appears as if the USB is only accessed on startup. Its LED doesn't blink after that. On a computer, the USB's LED blinks when it's being accessed. but not on the TX-47. Shouldn't it be blinking if it's loading?

What am I missing???

BTW, I've saved the nearly 200 pages of this forum in PDF form. I can upload them for easier, and off-line, reading and searching if anyone would find it useful. Just let me know and I'll post URLs if I'm able (within forum rules...).
Regards and thanks for all your help and efforts.
plonked

Plonked, you are a gentleman and a scholar. I'd love to have access to a PDF of the thread. Out of curiousity, did you do it page by page, or is there a special tool to do something like that in an automated fashion?
post #5968 of 6156
Hopefully there are some people who still check this thread out, cuz I need some assistance. Last night, my TX-42F430S wouldn't recognize my PS3 (done this many times before), so I did a hard reset. This time it didn't come back on. I got the amber light and nothing else. I've tried ekztal's firmware and the others with four different flash drives to no avail. There is a green light in the back that is on when the power is hooked up, but it does nothing else. (no noises, etc). I've unplugged everything and it sat for 24hrs and still just the amber light comes on.

I guess I'm hoping that someone else has had this happen to them or someone knows a fix. I looked and tried alot of the tips throughout this thread. Any assistance would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance...
post #5969 of 6156
Quote:
Originally Posted by Iceman91 View Post

Hopefully there are some people who still check this thread out, cuz I need some assistance. Last night, my TX-42F430S wouldn't recognize my PS3 (done this many times before), so I did a hard reset. This time it didn't come back on. I got the amber light and nothing else. I've tried ekztal's firmware and the others with four different flash drives to no avail. There is a green light in the back that is on when the power is hooked up, but it does nothing else. (no noises, etc). I've unplugged everything and it sat for 24hrs and still just the amber light comes on.

I guess I'm hoping that someone else has had this happen to them or someone knows a fix. I looked and tried alot of the tips throughout this thread. Any assistance would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance...

Sorry to hear your plight, Iceman. Is your set about 4 years old like mine? I hope a power surge didn't knock something out in the main board. Sounds like the power supply iitself is definitely working. User "plonked" on this page wrote about not having luck installing the ekztalware until formatting the drive on an alternate computer of his. I think when I did mine, I formatted to FAT16, but it may have been FAT32. Also, if I remember correctly, it doesn't work if you unzip the firmware contents onto the drive. I think you just put the archive onto the drive as-is. I personally didn't use a drive - I used an SD card reader with a card in it.

I would give it a few more tries and do a hard reset on each try. Keep us posted!

Diz
post #5970 of 6156
Yup...it's about 4 years old. Not sure what else to do. The one USB drive that seems to work lights up, but just stays lit and does nothing else. I guess it may have just died. I was hoping I'd be one of the lucky ones, but doesn't look that way.

Baseball bat...meet Mr. Westinghouse LCD...
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