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BenQ W1070 Firmware Upgrade, extra 3D support…

Enjoy 1080p Full-HD image projection up to 200” in the comfort of your living room with the W1070 Home Entertainment Projector. You’ll be captivated by brilliant image performance featuring a 10,000:1 contrast ratio and a 2000 ANSI Lumens brightness. And after this firmware update your W1070 supports even more 3D resolutions and refresh rates.

Requirements
  • Windows PC/Laptop
  • BenQ W1070 DLP Projector (W1070 Only!)

!!! DO NOT INSTALL ON THE W1070+ MODEL !!!

  • USB -> USB Mini cable
  • Firmware Files : Download my update package Here

Check your current firmware by pressing the “info” button on your w1070 remote :

w10701.05firmware

Firmware Update

!!! I am not responsible for Failed Firmware Updates, Failed updates are not covered by warranty so continue on own risk !!

First, download and extract the required files :

w1070FirmwareFiles

Then, open the “Download_Tool” folder and install the application,

w1070DLPLiteComposerinstaller

At the license agreement, first scroll down and then accept and agree:

1070dlpcompozeragreement

once installed, open the installation folder and copy the “FlashDeviceParameters.txt” file in the installation folder :
(! Don’t use the FlashDeviceParameters.txt file in the “DDP442X Download_Tool” folder, use the file in the zip’s root instead)

by default :
64bit: c:/program files(x86)/DLP Composer Lite 11.0.1
32bit: c:/program files/DLP Composer Lite 11.0.1

w1070dlpcompozerflashparameters

Make sure the file is called “FlashDeviceParameters” or the program won’t work.  When copied open the DLPLite program :

w1070DLPLite

When DLPLite opened, go to Edit-> preferences:

w1070dlplitepreferences

Go to “Communications” and select “USB”, the vendor and product should already be the same as mine :

w1070dlplitecommunication

when correct, click OK. then in the left side of the program click “Flash Loader” :

w1070flashloader

A warning may come up, just click OK,

w1070dlplitewarning

Now disconnect the power cable and connect your pc to your beamer/projector using the USB -> Mini-USB cable, Always plug your cable directly in your PC and avoid using a hub.

w1070usb

When connected, hold the “power” and the “auto” button while plugging the power cable back in. The status LED should turn RED, if not try again… firmware updates can only be installed when the LED is RED:

w1070redled

After a while, windows should install the drivers, this should take about a minute or 2 :

w1070drivers

When all drivers are installed, go back to the DLPLite program. Select your downloaded firmware image,  choose  “complete image download” and check “skip bootloader area”… change this to 32kb!

w1070Flashloadersettings

DOUBLE CHECK YOUR SETTINGS, WRONG SETTINGS WILL BREAK YOUR BEAMER!

When the settings are correct,  click “Reset Bus”,

w1070resetbus

Then click “Start Download”:

w1070startdownload

the last warning will pop up before updating your beamer:

w1070flashwarning

Click “yes” and the update should start… wait and don’t touch your beamer/pc until the download is finished, in my case this took 2.54 minutes:

w1070downloadcompleted

Your beamer is now updated, Disconnect the USB cable and turn on your beamer… for the first time, leave your beamer on for about 2 minutes since the firmware needs some configuration time… then put in your settings and your beamer is ready.

*Still no 1080p 60hz, try changing your HDMI cable.

W10701.08FW

Unable to select SBS on 1080p 60Hz?

SBS 1080p 60HZ will only work if your “color system” is RGB, the problem can be software(Outdated firmware, unsupported GPU,…) and hardware(HDMI cable, Switch,…)

-How to force RGB on Macbook’s: Guide

(reported by Oliveira)

  • (Oliveira)On the computer, in the control panel of ATI or NVIDIA click on “my monitors” and then click “pixel format” or “Color Manager” or “color system” or “pixel color”, may appear written one of these ways I wrote.
    Change YCbCr for RGB, and restart the PC.

note:
Advise update the graphics card driver

Firmware Changelogs
Firmware 1.03

Problem-1- To improve the flickering when smart ECO mode + dynamic setting
Problem-2- To add “Background” color in OSD

Firmware 1.04

Problem-1- When at low-temperature environment, fan oil would become thickened, cause rotational speed of
fan can’t reach target then shut down.
Problem-2- Keystone bug: When playing 3D (Frame packing), and then switch to 2D, and keystone value
can’t be kept.

Firmware 1.05

Problem-1- ISF setting cannot be saved
Problem-2- compatibility problem for some unique 3D DVD players(Philips)
Problem-3- OSD Swedish language of ”on& off” wrong translation

Firmware 1.06

Fixes:
-1- Hg bridge problem symptom: can’t turn on a projector, but NDF after transportation; few cases found in BQC.
There is Hg (Mercury) in a lamp bulb. Whenever the liquid mercury make the Short-circuit of electrodes of the lamp, the unit can’t
be turn on. To change the cooling status and lamp ignition behavior can make mercury condense at different locations of a bulb.
Due to Hg (Mercury) changing the location in lamp bulbs during transportation, it will be NDF in ASP.
-2- To improve power-on while system initializing
-3- To improve Philips DVD compatibility issue(BQC)
-4- Add 3D format as appendix
-5- Adjust Audio Curve for BQjp
-6- Japanese OSD correction for Cool and Warm (BQjp)
-7-To enhance HDMI searching speed
-8- To update RC code for new remote RCV011
-9- To modify the gain value to improve HDMI signal searching ability
-10- To add model name W1250 in Factory OSD (only W1070)

Added support for 3D formats:
1280x720p@59/94/60 Hz — SBS added
1280x720p@50Hz – SBS added
1920x1080p@23.98/24Hz – SBS added
1920x1080p@59.94/60Hz – Top Bottom – added
1920x1080p@50Hz – Top Bottom – added

Firmware 1.07

ISF Night setting can’t be keep after 2D->3D timing changed
To keep lamp hour after “reset all setting in USE OSD”
To improve the 32 gray level via PS3 HDMI
Modify picture mode of “power off” icon
Modify HSG setting in No signal condition

Firmware 1.08
– Noise improvement / 1080p greenish problem via HDMI/VGA signal.
– Add 3D support timing: 1080p 60Hz SBS

benq60hz1080p3d

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231 Responses

  1. Note that before running the flash loader you have to put the projector in firmware download mode by holding the power and auto buttons while plugging it in until the red light holds.
    This info can be found in the instructions from the ftp site.

      1. Hi Steven, reading this thing in the comments about not being able to do this update when using win 8. Is this still the case? I don’t see a warning in the guide so I was hoping…. 🙂

                1. you are not able to download the firmware from benq or anywhere else.. so if your model is not w1070 then your only option is to send it back to benq to update your firmware

              1. Steven, thanks for the firmware guide by the way, it was very helpful!! Yep it is a benq w1070.
                I just upgraded firmware from 1.05 to 1.06 with success.
                I recently bought the projector from ebay.

                My problem is that i can`t get 3D to work. I have a Panasonic DMP-BDT300 connected. Normal dvd/blueray discs works fine.
                When i start the 3d playback from a 3d disc..the picture just flickering.
                It jumps around from source detected to searching source.
                On v 1.05 it was not even possible to choose anything in the 3d option. Now i have a source packing, side by side, etc…nothing works.

                So It`s either the hdmi cable or the firmware version??
                Still can`t find the firmware v 1.08
                I`m a newbie since this is my first projector 🙂

                Any thoughts?! Thanks for your time steven.

              2. It meant frame packing…not ( source packing ) I got a new cable now..everything seems to work. I also found your link here in the comment section for v1.08 firmware update. Thanks again 🙂

                1. you can download the 1.08 update from the mega link in this post (see requirements) -> Download my update package Here.. it has better 3d support. not sure where you found the 1.06 update

  2. Firmware 1.08
    – Noise improvement / 1080p greenish problem via HDMI/VGA signal.
    – Add 3D support timing: 1080p 60Hz SBS

    My media player is outputting 1080p 60Hz SBS and base on the release firmware that is fixed.

    Side by side in the BenQ 3D menu is still grey out.

    Any Help.

    1. I’ve got the same problem with my laptop, however my ps3 at 1080p 60Hz has the Side-by-side option enabled.
      Could not find a solution yet.

  3. Side by Side, Top & Bottom and frame packing all working well with 1.08. Easy upgrade if instructions followed. Thanks – all 3D films & MKV work now

  4. Oh, oh… i “tried” to update from 1.07 to 1.08 and it failed. The red LED stays on. The update procedure seemed to be good. Is there any idea to awake the benq again?
    Regards, Mike

      1. Hi pedro, sorry to hear this, did you try it on a w1070 this won’t work on a w1070+ or anything other than “w1070”. Did everything went like described in the guide, or were there any differences?

  5. Hi,

    I’m really enjoy by your post. I’ve just one question, is there a different firmware for the benq w1090 ? It’s really the same projector but with different lens.

    Thanks for all,
    Sylvain

  6. Great guide. But I was just wondering, am I the only one who broke my lightbulb? Because of overheating. I guess it was because of my some problems i had connecting via USB that did it, because sometimes i just plugged the stick out so the fan didnt cool it off. If you can do this upgrade without the lightbulb inside would I recommend taking it out, its 2 screws – verry simple. Maybe its just because im to stupid to make it work the first time. I hope to help someone from burning your lightbulb off. Its a lot of money for a new. I got the red lamp sign afterwards and there were no light from the PJ, so i hope its “just” the lightbulb.

    1. I have never had a problem with overheating, you should disable “quick cooling” (or something like that) in settings and don’t unplug your beamer before the fans have stopped.

  7. Which flashdeviseparameters.txt to I copy to the installation folder? There wre two in the download package one in the BENQ W1070 1.08 firmware package folder and one in the DDP442X Download_Tool Folder both seem to be a bit differant?

  8. Am I crazy or is the main bundle link going to spam and the ftp sites have all changed the login credentials?

    If so and anyone has a copy they can repost, I would be most grateful.

    Thanks,

    Cam

    1. Instructions should be the same however you will need an other firmware file (not sure if this firmware is stil available since benq changed their FTP password)

      1. I contacted BenQ support and they want me to send the projector back to upgrade it from 1.02 to 1.08. I guess I will have to go that route since the download links are shut down 🙁