HDTV Firmware Updates Thanks to USB Flash Drives

By · Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

HDTV Flash Drive Firmware Update Gone are the days of standard television where everything works straight out of the box, with little to zero maintenance along the way.  For years we’ve been used to the maintenance of software updates required by our computers, smartphones, cable boxes and gaming consoles.  These little adjustments are essential for your hardware to perform at optimum level, to run new features and to instruct your device on how it’s supposed to work.

Now, HDTVs are the newest genre of electronics that need firmware updates to fix bugs, streamline conversion or improve audio/video issues.  After all, your HDTV operates more like a computer than your parent’s old standard television set topped by rabbit ears.

While Internet-capable HDTVs can download firmware directly online, this is not always an option if you choose not to use a connection or if your network is unreliable.  As a result, your USB flash drive could be your high-def television’s saving grace.  So before you point fingers at the satellite or cable company for sound and picture problems, a firmware remedy via USB flash drive may be just what you need.

Every manufacturer and HDTV model will vary slightly in establishing a firmware upgrade, but the premise is the same.  To begin with, you’ll want a custom USB flash drive with a capacity large enough to hold your firmware files, so at least 2GB to 4GB.  To avoid complications, dedicate the entire flash drive to your TV’s firmware needs if possible.

Go online to your HDTV manufacturer’s website (like Samsung, Philips, Panasonic, Sony, Sharp, etc.) and click on the company’s “Support” or “Downloads” section to see which files are needed for your television.

Download the necessary files to your desktop.  Plug in your flash drive and drag the file to your USB flash drive icon. Once the transfer is complete, be sure to safely eject your device to maintain the integrity of the files.

Locate your HDTV’s USB port, which is usually situated on the side panel or rear of your TV.

Turn your television off before you plug in your USB flash drive.  Once you turn on the television with the device plugged in, it may begin to automatically upload the firmware.

In the event that this does not occur, use your TV’s remote to navigate to the menu’s “Support” or “Diagnostics” section.  This sequence should lead you to a “Software Upgrade” (or “SW Upgrade”) selection.

Check to make sure that you select the USB option and follow menu prompts to implement the rest of the HDTV flash drive firmware update.

While the installation is in progress, do not turn off your television until the process is complete.  Following successful upload, power off your TV and then power it on again to ensure that your USB firmware installation is up and running.

Have you ever had to complete a HDTV upgrade with your flash drive?  Any extra tips or tricks you’d like to offer?  We want to hear from you!

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