Thx for your help here. Just to report back, I finally got it up and running using a Sony standalone DRX-840U. I think it had to do with the region setting. I had to load a DVD in the external drive while connected to a computer and set the region first. After that, it worked fine! Couldn't have done it without you pointing me to that old thread. My kids were finally able to watch "Avengers" with TV Guardian filtering some language. It was worth the effort!