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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Matthew Wilson
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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.

Jim
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Jim

Nice work – the process of upgrading from 1.05 to 1.08 worked perfectly fine.

John
Guest

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.

Neil
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Neil

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

Mike
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Mike

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

Pedro Chanel
Guest

PLEASE HELP. I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM

Chris
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Chris

Thank you so much for posting this.

Big love from Vienna, Austria

pingg05
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ging bei dir user/passwort bei mir kommt da nichts

Stefan
Guest

THX for the Update-Manual. The Beamer works now great!
A BIG Thank from Switzerland

Tonic
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Tonic

Quick and easy. Thanks Steven!

MINUS
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MINUS

WOOOOOW BEST UPDATE EVER!!!! ITS WORK HOU 3d FORMATE by 60hz 🙂

arcellix
Member
arcellix

hi please help me to find the firmware update since i can’t download it

Toni
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Toni

Do you have firmware 1.02 for the Benq W7500?

Greetings,

Toni

Golbart
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Golbart

Hi..

and do you have the actually Firmware for an Benq TH681.
on my beamer is 1.02 on it.

Thanks!

ma5k0tPaul
Guest

HI, you finally found the actually firmware for an Benq th681?

sylvainvh
Guest

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

sylvainvh
Guest

A little error; it’s the w1080st

pingg05
Guest

does someone have the new user/password for the ftp-server

Thomas Hansen
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Thomas Hansen

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… Read more »

efelbo
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efelbo

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?

cam
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cam

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

Pablo
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Pablo

Steven pls can you tell us how to access BenQ FTP site? I’ve got a different projector MH680
Thanks

clownfish360
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clownfish360

Anybody have instructions on how to update the firmware on W1080ST projector. I am currently on 1.02.

steeve
Guest
steeve

Hi, does it matter which firmware you are upgrading from, I am 1.01, can I go straight to 1.08? thanks

colin
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colin

Hi I get to the driver download bit but nothing is happening, also when I copy the text file where do I use it

clownfish360
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clownfish360

Colin, What URL did you use to download the files. I need the ones for W1080ST but all the ones that I tried do not work any more.

colin
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colin

clownfish360 I used the link on this page, they are for w1070. I am using window 8 but the drivers on the communications page are not supported on my computer could this be why nothing happens when I plug the projector to the computer. can anybody help me

Ryan
Guest
Ryan

Colin,
I have the same problem. My drivers never load from the DLP composer. I’m running Windows 7. My pc recognizes the w1070 when it’s in presentation mode, but does not recognize the pj for the update. I have the pj in the correct state with the red light status lit, but DLP never loads up to do the firmware install.

Ryan
Guest
Ryan

Problem solved; update was a success!

HavarN
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HavarN

How did you solve it? I am running Windows 8.1 and have the same problem.

Magyar
Guest
Magyar

After upgrading to 1.08 I can shut down the beamer with remote. Thank you so much!

arcellix
Member
arcellix

Please help me: where is possible to get the fw update?
Thanks

Az
Guest
Az

I followed the procedure but cannot find the flash image file in C drive or elsewhere. I reached the stage of installing the drivers but cannot proceed further because I cannot locate the flash image file on my computer. Am I required to download that file from another location?

Magyar
Guest
Magyar

It must be there where you have unpacked the firmware package zip.

Az
Guest
Az

Yes it was very much there but somehow I missed seeing it. Anyway, with red light glowing, I became restless and called BenQ and managed to convince them with great difficulty to send me the firmware file. They sent me a file named W1070_v108_7C4B.img, which works fine.

KG
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KG

Will this upgrade increase the Throw Ratio?
Is there a Mac loader 😉

clownfish360
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clownfish360

Since I was not able to find the firmware files for my w1080st I called BenQ and they had me send the projector back to them for an upgrade. Only took about a week of down time and now I have the latest 1.05. Works great now.

Thomas
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Thomas

Hi,

have trouble with updating my beamer. Following message appears when I start download “Error: Selected Boot Loader Size (try 128kb) or uncheck Skip Boot Loader Box.” Power LED is RED and Beamer Drivers found via USB! Any Idea what’s wrong?

Thomas
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Thomas

btw, I have a W1070+W (European Model). Do I need another Firmware? Mine is atm V1.03. Anyone can help?

Sandeep
Guest
Sandeep

Hi did you upgrade your w1070+ firmware to 1.08?

charly
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charly

the process of upgrading from 1.05 to 1.08 worked perfectly – many thanks from austria

Angelo
Guest
Angelo

Worked well,
thank you and thank you to benq for continuing update this fantastic vpr

Hansi
Guest
Hansi

Please, I also need to know if this also works for the W1070+ or only for the version without the ‘plus’.
Thanks

Marcin
Guest
Marcin

I just updated from 1.07 to 1.08. It partly solw my problem with pink-green screen (It happen when I connect amplituner HK 255 with Benq W1070 via 10m HDMI cable). Thanks 🙂

Ian Campbell
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Ian Campbell

Hi, Steven . . . Thanks for providing all of the support for the update. I’m having a problem getting Windows to install the drivers. The red light on the projector panel is lit, but the “driver installation box” doesn’t open. Everything leading to this stage I’ve checked and double checked – and all is as you’ve instructed. After clicking “ok” when getting the “error: cannot open the USB driver” warning, I can’t get the drivers – even through the red light on the W1070 is lit. I assume that I should be leaving the DLPLite program running while waiting… Read more »

Lachlan
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Lachlan

Did you find a solution im having the exact same issue?
Lachlan

Brad
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Brad

The download link appears to be broken, anyway to get these files from you

Thanks

Ian Campbell
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Ian Campbell

In my posting from yesterday, I didn’t mention that I am using a Windows 8 laptop — and the firmware on my BenQ w1070 is currently 1.04. I am hoping that I can get my projector updated to 1.08. Would attempting the update with another laptop running Windows Vista potentially work?

Thanks.

Ian

Ian Campbell
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Ian Campbell

It worked . . . I think. I was finally able to update from 1.04 to 1.08 tonight. What’s weird is that I never did see the box open up showing the installation of the USB drivers. I suspect this happened so quickly, or when I was looking away. Tonight when I used the Windows Vista laptop (in place of the WIn 8 laptop I tried last night), I wondered if the drivers may have somehow installed . . . so I continued with the update and all proceeded as expected. I checked my f/w version, and after the update… Read more »

jesus
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jesus

funciono perfecto aunque no salio la ventana de controladores usb

Kim Pedersen
Guest

I cannot download from the link, when I click “Skip Ad” from Adf.ly it comes with error everytime. Can anyone give me an alternative link please ?

Danielle Broekhhuizen
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Danielle Broekhhuizen

Here is a link from my DropBox.

Kim Pedersen
Guest

Awesome ! Thank you very much, and happy new year !

Sandeep
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Sandeep

Danielle can i use this upgrade files for my w1070+ currently on 1.03

joe rüegg
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joe rüegg

Hello, i just updated my second W1070 and everithing works perfect now. No more Grenish HDMI Problems.Thank You very mutch for this Support. Joe from Switzerland

Michael Stephenson
Guest

perfect, thx for files.

sgery
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sgery

Working. THX 🙂

Nico
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Nico

Thks , it’s ok!

bodrogi53
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bodrogi53

First, I am very thx for the firmware update. I updeted my projector yesterday succesfully. There was the original problem, that I could be choose the Top and Bottom (TAB) mode. I know that the side by side mode works 1080i only with the 1.06 firmware but I cannot convert the video to that mode. I hoped that this firmware will solve this problem. Unfortunately I can still choose the TAB mode only. I tried to play 720p, 1080p video but I cannot choose the TAB mode only. Does Anybody have any idea? I am very thx for helping Big… Read more »

Mario ROIATTI
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Mario ROIATTI

La mise à jour en 1.08 permet d’avoir accès au Top and Bottom si le lecteur auquel est branché le w1070 le permets. Pour moi j’ai branché un petit LG BD 325, il a une prise USB sur laquelle j’ai connecté un Disque Dur qui stock tous mes films 3 d. Mkv et autres format, en Side by Side et Top ans Bottom. Dans cette configuration, le menu 3d du w1070 est entièrement accessible et je peux lire tous mes films 3d quelque soit le format….. Mario de France The update 1.08 allows access to the Top and Bottom if… Read more »

debugerr
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debugerr

If you don’t have a real Windows 7 PC, you can also install Windows 7 in VMware and try it in there. It took me almost 30 minutes though through VMware, but it works. DO NOT USE VIRTUAL PC – I had many printers who were just confused by messed USB communication.

Sandeep
Guest
Sandeep

Hi

I have benq w1070+ currently on 1.03 is there any way to update to 1.08 so i can use my 3d feature ?

Thanks

Chris
Guest
Chris

Big thanks! Worked fine for me.

cass
Guest
cass

Thank you. Was very nervous but worked just great.

Thanks

Mario ROIATTI
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Mario ROIATTI

Merci pour ce tutoriel excellent. Mise à jour faite sans difficultés de 1.05 vers 1.08 pour W1070. Pour la 3d, j’ai désormais accès aux options qui étaient grisées auparavant. Top ans Bottom et Frame. Merci encore pour votre travail Steven…

Thank you for this excellent tutorial. Updated done without difficulties 1.05 to 1.08 for W1070. For the 3d, I now have access to options that were previously grayed out. Top and Bottom Frame years. Thank you again for your work … Steven

adam
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adam

now how to roll back this to 1.07,
the projector overheats and turns off, red lamp led is on, with the new lamp.

bibou
Guest
bibou

bonjour
j’ai mis a jour mon w1070 en version 1.08 mais impossible de choisir side by side en 1080p 60Hz la case reste grisee

hello
I updated my w1070 1.08 but can not choose version side by side in 1080p 60Hz box remains grayed

adam
Guest
adam

same here, after updating to 1.08 – I can’t see any difference between 1.08 and 1.07, same settings, no option to chose 1080p/60fps

bibou
Guest
bibou

j’utilise comme source un minix minix neo x8-h plus et un lecteur bluray Panasonic 3d avec un cable hdmi 1.4 et des mkv 3d side by side

I use as a source minix minix neo – x8 h more and a Panasonic 3d bluray player with HDMI 1.4 cable and mkv 3d side by side

bibou
Guest
bibou

ok merci pour votre aide je vais essaye

ok thank you for your help I will try