How to Update Panasonic TV Firmware
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Updating your Panasonic TV's firmware is an easy way to fix software problems with your TV and add new functionality. Firmware updates are released after the TVs are rolled out to the public to resolve discovered problems and add functionality, such as making it possible for the TV to recognize more types of files and connected devices. Firmware is released only as needed, and may never be available for your specific model. However, if a firmware update is available, it shouldn't take you more than 20 minutes from beginning to finish, and it only requires a freshly-formatted SD card.
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How to Update Panasonic TV Firmware
- Click here to open the Panasonic home page.
- Enter the model of your Panasonic TV in the Search box in the upper-right corner of the Web page and then press "Enter." A Web page with a list of search results related to your query appears.
- Click the blue "Get Support" button to the right of your specific model of Panasonic TV. The information page for your specific Panasonic TV appears.
- Select the Drivers & Downloads tab beneath the image of your TV, if there is one. If this tab doesn't exist in your TV's information section, there may not be a firmware update available for your model. The specific firmware version, TVs it's compatible with, issues it addresses and enhancements it offers are outlined in this section.
- Click the "Download" option beneath the firmware details and save the file to your computer.
- Insert a freshly-formatted SD card into the SD card reader on your computer. If you don't have an SD card reader built in to your computer, connect an SD card reader to your computer via a USB port.
- Move the firmware file you downloaded to your computer onto the SD card. The firmware file should be the only file on the SD card.
- Power on your Panasonic TV and then remove the SD card from your computer or the connected SD card reader and then insert the SD card in the built-in SD card reader on the TV. An SD Download dialog box appears on the TV screen notifying you that the TV is reading the information on the SD card.
- Press the "OK" button on the remote control that came with the TV after the TV recognizes that the file on the SD card is a firmware update file to download the file from the SD card to the TV.
- Select "Yes" and then press "OK" again to confirm that you want to begin downloading the firmware file on the SD card to the TV. A message appears in the SD card Download dialog box notifying you that the system is upgrading. A progress bar is displayed showing the status of the upgrade.
- After the update reaches 100 percent, eject the SD card from the Panasonic TV and then hold down the TV's physical "Power" button for five seconds, or until the TV powers itself down and then restarts. When the TV powers back on, a message will be displayed notifying you that the TV is initializing. This message should appear for more than five minutes, and disappears after the firmware update is finished installing. The Panasonic TV will restart one more time and then will be ready for you to resume normal operation.
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