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How do you know if a firmware update actually installed properly?

Q: How do you know if a firmware update actually installed properly?

Hey I just had a quick question I have a LG CH LS Blu ray drive and I have been having glitches with some Blu Rays namely Terminator Salvation and The Dark Knight they run choppy firmware a installed you properly? if know do actually update How and stutter All of my other Blu Rays run fine How do you know if a firmware update actually installed properly? Anyway the software that came with the Blu Ray How do you know if a firmware update actually installed properly? Drive came with How do you know if a firmware update actually installed properly? the LG Tool Kit When I first got the drive I used it to auto look for firmware updates It found one update to make the drive compatible with Windows It says that the update was successful but I m unsure whether that s the case or not as I can t find out where to find out which firmware I have right now So I have tried everything to fix the stuttering issue with the two Blu Rays I ve updated Java upgraded the Blu Ray playing software updated graphics drivers switched off tons of start up programs and still Terminator Salvation and The Dark Knight stutter It doesn t make sense because TS spikes at percent CPU usage all the time and is percent So should I just go to the LG website and manually download the firmware update Or will that damage my drive Compaq Presario Intel Celeron D GHz Windows Vista Basic SP GB Ram GB Hard Drive Nvidia BFG GeForce GT GB PCI-E Driver BFG Watt Power Supply Samsung p Monitor digital driver X BD-ROM LG Ultra BLue Alhena Motherboard nbsp

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Preferred Solution: How do you know if a firmware update actually installed properly?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: How do you know if a firmware update actually installed properly?

Nero Info Tool should tell you the drive's firmware:
You can also run that same firmware update utility and I think it tells you if the firmware versions and if there's a newer version.

You can try the WinDVD trial:

You have a weak CPU and that may be the problem.
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Have you tried pressing the reset button on the router? (long press)
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my wimax modem ip address =
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A:Newly installed GeForce GT 610 Problem

Try this:
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astar master said:

I cannot know how the bios update so I need some help for the how the bios update.I want to install the newest driver but I can't figure out how the driver is in a .02 file and I can't make heads or tails of it can anyone help me?Click to expand...

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List any Problem Devices

Make sure devices are connected and powered on
Click Start->Run, enter: msinfo32. Click the + sign next to Components to expand it
Click Problem Devices. Anything appear?
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ASUS driver

Been to the ASUS driver download page, BUT it was blank at first try, so forced it to reload the page;
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A:Reinstalling OS to SATA drive with IDE drive installed

You need to check that the jumpers on the IDE drive are set for slave and check in the Bios that the SATA drive with the OS is set as Primary Master.

I would also check under Integrated Perpherals in the Bios that your IDE set up shows the Serial-ATA controller is enabled.
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My laptop touchpad is not working properly; that is I cannot scroll properly and also have problems with the sensitivity of touch. I downloaded and installed the Synaptic touchpad driver but it is still not functioning very well. Please can someone help me with a solution.
The name of my Laptop is; Compac Presario CQ50-115NR Notebook PC
Thank you.

A:My laptop touchpad is not working properly

Go to Start -> control panel -> Hardware and Sound.

Somewhere in there you should find adjustments for the sensitivity.

If this does not work please state your operating system for further help and try it with a USB mouse.
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Ok so I have a custom build PC. I have a Asus P5K motherboard. I have upgraded to Windows 7 due to vista sucking *** lmao. But the only problem with that is, my motherboard is not compatable with Windows 7. I keep getting the BSOD because i need to update my BIOS. What can I do to fix this..." BECIDES GOING BACK TO VISTA"

A:I can't update my BIOS

Have you tried using the Asus "EZ Flash 2" utility? Here is ASUS download page for your motherboard:
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A:BIOS not installed, serious help needed before I cause more problems

I suspect that you do not have the jumpers set correctly on the Fujitsu drives. They must all be different to give each drive a separate ID.

There may also be a problem with your Bios settings or possibly the Bios is incompatible.

From what I have read on the subject the SCSI set up would give a noticeable increase in speed.
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A:Dell Studio 1536 HD issues after update

You will probably have to purchase a Dell restore disc for your model laptop and do a fresh install of Windows
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A:Ran out of space on partition with Windows installed on it

You can extend the partition that you have installed Windows into, but in my opinion it would be a better idea to use a program such as Easus Partition manager; at;
The free (Home) version is fine for a job like this.
An alternative I have used is at;
These programs work in a similar way, by showing the partitions as they exist now.
You click once on the one you need to resize (to highlight it), then right-click, choose 'resize', drag the end markers out to where you want the partition to be,
click 'apply'. That's it, it does all the rest, and can take a few minutes to complete.
Note that it is a very good idea to when making major changes like this, to make a system image onto an external hard drive, just as insurance. But this method has worked perfectly for me on several different makes of drive, (1TB Seagate, 4 partitons) and
Iomega 320GB (3 partitions).