Can a firmware update brick a TV?

Yes, a firmware update can potentially brick a TV, rendering it unusable.

This can happen due to various reasons, such as:

  1. Interruption during the update process: If the update is interrupted by a power failure, user intervention, or any other reason, the existing firmware may be partially overwritten and unusable.
  2. Incorrect or incompatible firmware: Installing firmware with errors, for a different revision of the hardware, or installing firmware incompetently patched can cause bricking.
  3. Malware or running non-compatible software: Devices can also be bricked by malware (malicious software) or by running software not designed for the device.
  4. Hardware issues: In some cases, a firmware update can cause hardware issues or permanent failure, such as allowing the device to overheat or run out of power.
When a device is bricked, it typically means that the firmware is corrupted, and the device is no longer functional.

In some cases, it may be possible to recover the device, but this is often not the case when the device is stuck at the boot logo.

We already have an article on how to fix a bricked TV in 2 methods.

If you want to give it a try, then follow this link.

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