Yes, I'm talking about the Aliasing issue with PS2 games. It has been fixed. I have seen people posting comparison pictures in a couple of forums and there is no longer a difference between the looks of how PS2 games play on the PS3.
No they do not. However, if the hardware were to need replacing for anything covered under the warranty, and in 1 1/2-2 years from now the only version available is one with a scaler...well you can figure it out...
Just thought I would comment that upon watching 'The Searchers' on my v. 1.5 PS3 this afternoon the disc locked up on me 3 times. This didn't happen the last time I watched it, which was v. 1.32 I believe. Take it for what it's worth...but if it was firmware-related, hopefully they'll release another update to fix their fix of what wasn't broken in the first place.
Tried 1.5 yesterday and it fixed the crappy appearance of PS2 games on mine, however it does take a few seconds of screen fuzz (snow) when it switches resolution (via HDMI). I watched Kingdom of Heaven BD and had no issues at all.
No, I don't think so. I've never had a problem with overheating whatsoever, and my PS3 has plenty of room to ventilate. From what I've been reading online it likely has something to do with the networking changes made in the update. Others have found that disabling networking during BD playback seems to fix the problem. I haven't tried that yet, but next movie I watch I will do so.
Once again, this had never happened to me prior to the v. 1.5 update, and now it has happened again during 'A Christmas Story' which played flawlessly previously also. I'm not worried as there appears to be a temp fix plus I'm sure Sony will fix the problem in another update soon (fingers crossed.)
When you say networking changes, do you mean hard-wired or wireless? I ask because I don't have frameskipping, and I connect via ethernet cable. But ever since 1.50 I've wanted to enable my PS3 to connect wireless (hey I paid the extra cent-note for the 60GB version so why not?), but if that could potentially mess up BD playback, I'll just leave it on ethernet cable.
I have mine connected wirelessly and I haven't had any issues so far, however 1.5 did require me to redo the wireless setup (actually seems better now). I originally had to update to 1.32 just to get the wireless to work.
All I can say to you is try it. You can always go back to ethernet if you have trouble, or just disable the wireless before you watch a movie...it's not like having it on is going to improve the playback of the film anyhow (though I admit it's a pain). The only problem I've had is the BD playback freezing for like 5-10 seconds and then resuming play, and that only occurs 2-3 times during the entire length of the film. Annoying, yes...but something I can live with knowing it will eventually be fixed for good (fingers crossed).
The update apparently changed the options available for wirelessly connecting...dunno about any ethernet issues.
If I hadn't already updated to v. 1.5, and especially if I wasn't playing any PS2 games and didn't require the networking updates in order to connect, I would stay at v. 1.32 for awhile until the issue is sorted out.
I don't own a PS3 (yet). I am considering it for various reasons which I will not go into. Since I do not own one and don't know anyone within driving distance that has one, I have not dealt with flashing the firmware on a PS3.
However, let me ask a few questions and offer the slim possibility of help to those having problems.
Is there any sort of "1st time setup" or "load default options" for the PS3? It is standard procedure that when you upgrade a BIOS on a computer's motherboard that you load default settings into the BIOS and then go through and change all of your settings to the settings you desire.
Not everyone does this, and plenty of people can continue to have a perfectly operational computer without having executed that standard procedure.
However, the reason I point this out is because - hey - it might yield another option for those of you who upgraded to 1.5 and are experiencing problems. So long as the procedure doesn't include wiping your hard drive, it should be a fairly easy yet potentially semi-time consuming option which would help relieve some problems.
For all I know, the PS3 forces this upon a firmware upgrade. However if Sony does not & the PS3 has an option to "load defaults" exists, I suggest you give it a try.