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David Gallessich
EX3 -Firmware upgrade -news?
on Jun 15, 2011 at 8:36:55 pm

Hi All -
This has been a hot topic and I've read many posts on it.
If any of this is redundant, please feel free to slap me,
but I have not seen total clarity on this firmware business anywhere.

I see most of the problems relate to earlier EX-1's, but not all of them.
I have 2 EX3's from June, 2009. My firmware should be the immediate predecessor to 1.5.

Last week purchased 2 32Gb Sandisk class 10 SDHC chips (from JRmusic, so I doubt they're counterfeit).
Despite my tests, I endured a Media Restore issue that thankfully resolved successfully (Class 6 has not been a problem).
-- So I decided to look at finally doing a firmware upgrade to 1.5 to help deal with SDHC issues.
(I already downloaded v1.5 several months ago, but fearing the "Brick" I had not installed it.)

Checking the MicroSite, it appeared that Sony offered yet another upgrade (1.6)
--- but when I tried to download, the link was broken. I notified Sony.
Today I received this email from Sony:
"Sony pulled this firmware file from the ServicesPLUS website.

Please contact our POSC group and they will give you verbal instructions on the upgrade path prior to releasing the firmware.

They can be reached at 800-883-6817."


So I called, and yes, 1.5 appears to be the latest safe version.
I was told that they're having issues with the latest code from Japan.

One important bit of advice: "use SxS or USB cable (NOT SDHC) to perform upgrade."

Another bit of install-info that may not be obvious:
the tech said,
"When upgrading, don't use battery - this must be done using DC power cable."


So now, I'm not in a great rush, but I plan to proceed w 1.5 upgrade within a week or two.

And I'm woindering:
Has anyone here had any RECENT similar-or-relevant revelations regarding EX3 firmware?

Any comments/advice appreciated.

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