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Sony X950G constantly freezing up. Tried

So long story short, In October I went to my local Best Buy to purchase a new 4K TV. I originally had my mind set on either A Samsung or LG brand TV, but was talked into a Sony TV. The rep I spoke with told me that Sony was the best TV brand and that I shouldn’t look at the other TVs I had originally come for. Dummy me, took the associates advice and ended buying a 55” Sony X950G TV. The TV arrived and I installed it and it was great...great picture quality, good sound, and decent functionality. Then the problems started about 2 days after the return period of 15 DAYS ended. The TV would occasionally freeze up right after turning it on. The buttons on the remote would refuse to work at all. First thing I attempted to resolve the issue was restarting the TV by unplugging it because the remote would refuse to do anything. After plugging it back in, it would startup, freeze momentarily, and then be okay until I would turn the tv off and back on again. Then repeat steps of it becoming completely unresponsive l, unplugging, plugging back in, waiting for startup, and then another momentarily freeze. At this point, I attempted a factory reset in hopes that it would fix the issue, but to no resolve. I contacted Best Buy and told them that I was unhappy with my purchase and that I was experiencing these issues with the TV that their rep had advised me to get. They would not give me a refund or exchange because I was out of the return and exchange period. I feel cheated and that I paid $1100 for a TV that is functional about a quarter of the time I have had it in my possession. I am asking that my issues be heard and that I can get better support than I did when calling the customer service line. If it weren’t for the constant freezing and unresponsive ness, it would be a great TV, but with these issues, I can’t recommend it to anyone nor can I recommend Best Buy as a place to purchase such an expensive item. If this had been Amazon, I would have been able to return it for a full refund within 30 days no questions asked when the issues started at about day 17 of my purchase. Thank you to anyone who can help me and it would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Sony X950G constantly freezing up. Tried

Hello, Tsimmons87,

 

Welcome to our Best Buy forum community! 

 

As someone who recently purchased a Sony TV, I certainly understand the appeal in that model, so it hurts me to hear that it started freezing a few days outside of the Return & Exchange Promise. It's never fun to have a product not work as planned, but I know it's even more difficult when it's a new purchase. That's not the experience we intended for you when you came to us for a new TV, but I'm glad you shared this with us so we can look at our options.

 

Normally, I'd recommend checking out our Home Theater Troubleshooting Guide before reviewing next possible steps, but it sounds like you've tried a lot of our troubleshooting tips already without success. While I can't guarantee a certain result once it's outside of the Return & Exchange Promise, I can imagine how I'd feel if in your position, and want to see what I can do to help.

 

Using the "Private Message" button in my signature below, can you please send over your full name, phone number, and email, so we can get started?

 

Cheers,

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Sorry to hear that you are having issues with your new Sony.     Sony sets are the best.  Don't give up on it.

 

Try poweing on the TV.  If it is still frozen.  Try powering it off.  Unplug the power cord from the wall for about 30-35 seconds.   Plug it back in.   Then power it back on again.

 

1. Press the Help button on the remote.

2. Select System Software update

3. Select Automatic software download.

 

A new firmware update will download and install on your tv.   As long as you are connected to your wi-fi.  If not, you will have to go to the set-up to do that. 

 

You could always download the the firmware update to a USB - thumb drive and install it that way as well.   I hope this helps and that you are happy with your Sony TV.  I just bought an X850g and updated my firmware.  

 

You should be able to find it at Sony.com

 

 

Let me know how you fare with the firmware update.   I think the latest version is v6.6520 

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I, also, purchased a 55" Sony X950G TV about six months ago and have the exact same problems with freezing shows streaming from Youtube TV and Netflix..  In addition, I purchased a Sony soundbar.  The volume get extremely high without my doing anything and is difficult to adjust.  Sony tested the soundbar and said it is good.  I have good internet service from Atlantic Broadband at 200mbs (expertle checked out a good to go) and have not experienced and problems with my older Samsung Smart TV, computers, or cell phones. About three months ago,  I was told by Youtube TV that the Sony X950G TV had not been certified fot streaming Youtube TV.  Not sure how significant that is but it may be a place t start for a high tech individual.  My solution, to restore streaming after a freeze, is to simultaneous reboot my Sont TV, modem, and router.  That always fixes the problem until it occurs again.  The freezing usually occurs about once or twice a day.  So, since I like everything else about the Sony TV (color, built-in chromecast, Android features, great remote), I'll just keep turning off the single power switch that powers the TV, modem. and router; then, after a few precious secounds, turning it back on.  I did connect a remote switch to do that job but it appeared to have a mind of its own and ocassionally turned everything off.  Maybe, I need a remote switch with more amperage.  The whole process of rebooting everythng takes about five minutes.  That's just enough time for a comfort break and fresh cup of coffee. So I'm not ready to give up on Sony yet.  So many companies, so much competition, and highy complicated electronics.  Am just happy that it all works as well as it does.  Good luck!

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Richard I'm having the same exact problem with my 65" Sony 950G. Wifi freezes up several times a day while watching streaming content. I've had the Sony since the end of November, but this issue just started about 3 weeks ago. I had a Panasonic plasma, owned for several years and never had this problem. I have a high-end router that works great throughout my house with no issues on the many other wifi devices. I have a Fire Stick connected to my Sony and it never freezes, so I'm using that more often since I have most of the same stuff on the Fire Stick anyway. This is sad because otherwise it's a great TV.

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Eddie, I've been working with my Internet provider, Atlantic Broadband, and especially Sony for the last few months.  Nothing done helped with the freezing.  However, after working with Sony engineering yesterday, I have hope.  The Sony engineer was kind enough to change my Sony X950G to a static IP address.  I believe this is a good idea and hope it makes a difference.  Normally, your router manufacturer will tell you how to do this.  My TV works find if I cast using apps on my cell phone (i.e. Youtube TV, Netflix, Youtube).  The only time I have trouble is when using the Sony remote to cast.  I will keep trying to get it to work because I like the picture, color, and remote when it works.  Richard {removed per forum guidelines} ({removed per forum guidelines})

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Thanks for trhe fast reply. I'm familier with using static ip and will give it a try. I'm also wondering since I didn't have this issue until a few weeks ago, if the lastest firmware upgrade may have caused it.

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Hello, I also purchased a 950g in December and now wished I had not. At the recommendation of Sony, Comcast has come out and replaced all 2 connections leading to my router. Prior to them doing that they said there was a little noise but speed was excellent. I am connected to the tv by Ethernet. I have supposedly been to the highest level of support with Sony level 3 and have still not resolved the freezing other than having to restart the tv DAILY.
This is totally unacceptable as Sony says its Comcast fault and Comcast says it’s Sony’s.
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Re: Sony X950G constantly freezing up. Tried

So, I had my original x950g replaced by Sony and still have the same issues and more with the new one. Upgraded to latest firmware and still have to restart my TV once or twice a day. Will not recommend a Sony until they start using better software.
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Re: Sony X950G constantly freezing up.

Tried static IP address. It seem to help at first for a couple of days. Now it's back to acting up as before.