I’ll detail the standard operating procedure (SOP) of updating Spectrum’s firmware on this topic. The goal is to build it into a step-by-step guide that you can easily follow after getting Spectrum on your hands. It’s worth noting that this post serves to give an idea of how the firmware update works, and that the latest instructions on how to perform firmware updates will always be included with the firmware updates themselves. Let’s dive in!
Download the latest firmware update (Archive includes the updater tool), by clicking downloads at the following link: Downloads – Dough
Install Spectrum Firmware Update Software 0.0.0.5.exe onto a Windows desktop PC (or laptop).
Close other programs.
Open VLIMStarISPTool via the created desktop icon (or from the start menu).
Connect Spectrum with the PC (or laptop) via a USB Type-C# connector. The video input source can be Type-C, DP, or HDMI.
Open OSD by middle-click the joystick, under Input/Output, switch Select USB hub source to USB Type-C#.
# Alternatively, use Type-B in place of Type-C.
Under Input/Output, switch USB-C bandwidth priority to USB 3.1 & 4K @ 60Hz.
Click Refresh in VLI MStarISPTool, until “Device Connect…” shows up.
Click Open File, and load the appropriate firmware file.
Click MStar FW Update.
Wait until the instruction of power cycling the monitor shows up. It’s essential not to touch the desktop PC (or laptop) and the monitor during this period.
Upon seeing the instruction to power cycle the monitor, unplug the monitor’s DC plug, wait at least five seconds, then plug in the monitor.
This firmware is a scaler update only
The monitor boots up as usual.
This firmware involves a 3300 chip update
Process… window shows up, and the indicator light starts changing gradually from green to blue and eventually purple. After instruction to power cycle the monitor shows up, unplug the monitor’s DC plug, wait at least five seconds, then plug in the monitor. After that, the monitor boots up as usual.
Open OSD, under Information, verify that the updated firmware version is displayed.
If you have any questions regarding the update process or suggestions of how this SOP can be improved, don’t hesitate to let us know!