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Do you upgrade firmware if nothing is broken?

Discussion in 'Hewlett Packard' started by Dukenukem117, Sep 16, 2019.

  1. Dukenukem117

    Dukenukem117 Member

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    Is there any reason to upgrade firmware if nothing is wrong? Our Latex is wired directly into the computer right now so it has no direct internet connection and can't send error reports or download. Its not meant to be a long term thing, but I'm wondering why upgrade and risk something going wrong if everything is performing as expected?
     
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  2. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

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    I approach hardware updates like I do any other software updates (especially if the hardware doesn't have any means of getting an outside connection (direct or indirect(by indirect, I mean the printer isn't connect to a router(direct), but it is connected to a computer that has an internet connection)) and that is don't do them just for the mere fact of doing them. Now, if the hardware not having internet connectivity is not a permanent thing, that does skew the thinking here.

    If there is something that is needed from an update, then by all means do them (functionality, bug fix and/or security update), but if the sole reason is for just being on the latest and greatest firmware/software update, I personally wouldn't do it. Especially if everything is working as it should.

    I firmly believe that updates should be done, but in a controlled manner. While updates have their pros, every time one is done, there is a risk of disrupting the status quo with every update, even if it's one that is worth getting. Updates are very much a double edge sword. Don't want to get too far behind, but always being "bleeding" edge may not be the best either. However, if not totally connected to the internet (either the printer or the computer), the need for updates is less as long as everything continues to work the same.
     
  3. ddarlak

    ddarlak Trump Hater

    if nothings wrong, don't fix it
     
  4. Dukenukem117

    Dukenukem117 Member

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    I can't imagine what an update is capable of improving at this point. If its not connected to the internet, then security shouldn't be a problem either.

    Two of my 3D printers got borked for a week because of a new firmware, hence why this came to mind.
     
  5. Christian @ 2CT Media

    Christian @ 2CT Media Major Contributor

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    Yes and No. HP often has very good updates in their firmware, but often they have major glitches. I would wait at least 2 Weeks to monitor if people have problems then decide. 2 years ago they released a firmware that broke printing, it would print but not cure.

    Alot of times though the firmwares bring features or better color management.
     
  6. E Coloney

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    My printer/computer function just fine and not connected to the 'net. I don't need to change anything and I don't need an interruption and thus don't risk any updates... $0.02
     
  7. greysquirrel

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    If you have a current latex printer you should absolutely keep your firmware up to date...HP has A ton of resources working on this product. There are more latex printers than any other in the market right now...they are quick to respond with any know issues.
     
  8. Dukenukem117

    Dukenukem117 Member

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    But if there are no issues, then whats there to gain? Here are the 2 firmware updates released for my model, within a few months of each other. There hasn't been an update in over a year so this might be a moot point for my model.

    https://support.hp.com/us-en/driver...tex-560-printer/10721793/swItemId/tw-191642-2
    https://support.hp.com/us-en/driver...tex-560-printer/10721793/swItemId/tw-215364-1

    The first one sounds more substantial, but the second one doesn't. Since the second one came out only a few months later, I'm guessing the 'bug fixes' are to do with bugs created by the first update.

    Update 1:
    • Improvements on the curing system, bug found on previous release currently fixed
    • Internet connectivity wizard test now passes properly when all requirements are accomplished
    • Improvements to reduce system error 19.11:10
    • New Curing Module System Error split
    • New feature available: “TUR rewinding for long plots“
    • New OMAS calibration Workflow
    • Print Head installation and cleaning routine internally improved
    • FW downgrade restriction
    • Minor internal changes to improve the printer’s functionality
    Update 2:
    • Add new the real time alerts functionality
    • Fix to manual service registration workflow in QR code screen
    • Nimbus For Resellers
    • Fix a bug where jobs smaller than 2 inches were not possible to be printed
    • Improvements in “TUR for long jobs” workflows
    • Bug fixes
     
  9. Christian @ 2CT Media

    Christian @ 2CT Media Major Contributor

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    The TUR improvements we're big ones, for roll to roll printing on long runs it monitors tension and increases counter weight to prevent stretching.
     
  10. JBurton

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    I was the cranky guy who resisted firmware upgrades, "it does what I need, and I don't want them removing features!". Then on my l25500 I had gone 18 months without a firmware upgrade. Turns out, in that time they had tweaked the vacuum pressure to allow banners to slide on the platen instead of being stuck and jammed. I used to hate printing banners until that update. After that it was stupid simple.
    So yes.
     
  11. JBurton

    JBurton Signtologist

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    I fell victim to this, had to make a 6" box and put a 1" print inside it.
    Real time alerts are often delayed, don't count on your printer telling you in enough time that you have run out of ink...
     
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