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post #30781 of 30785 Old 11-01-2014, 10:27 AM
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There is a hack for DVD region change that can be found very easy if you Google. It requires a service remote or can also be done by programing some universal remotes.

That said there is no known hack or way to reprogram the Blu-ray region settings for the BDP 05/51FD. It's assumed that it's a combination of hardware/firmware in these machines. Anecdotally and through practical experiance the machines will accept the European firmware and work ok but will remain region A machines. So one might assume that it's not a firmware only thing.

As for Blu-ray region designation, blu-ray.com and regionfreemovies.com are a good place to look up a movies region code. Most (but not all) Paramount titles are region free. You can also just look on the disc box for a region code.

You might try re-flashing your firmware or load v1.74, can't hurt at this point. Otherwise, ship it off to Pioneer, find a local service center, or trash it and pick up something else.
According to regionfreemovies.com Dark Shadows is region free, it is the single BD that I have tried multiple times to play and it will not. Is there a chance that something is wrong with the disc? Will try the update tonight to 1.74 to see if that solves the problem.

On an aside... when clearing the memory cached, the player says to wait a while. What is a "while" to wait? In my experience the player does nothing to confirm that it has erased the cache.
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According to regionfreemovies.com Dark Shadows is region free, it is the single BD that I have tried multiple times to play and it will not. Is there a chance that something is wrong with the disc? Will try the update tonight to 1.74 to see if that solves the problem.

On an aside... when clearing the memory cached, the player says to wait a while. What is a "while" to wait? In my experience the player does nothing to confirm that it has erased the cache.
Yes, it could be the disc.

Sorry, can't help on the memory question but I don't recall ever seeing that message. Maybe do a factory reset on the machine. These things get hung or corrupt sometimes as they are really just specialized computers.
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whatever the case, it is not worthwhile to repair the Pioneer... New players are under $100, are a lot faster in loading movies, have streaming capabilities and wi-fi. The only advantage the Pioneer has is a decent audio section for playing back CDs...

If it's not a BIG screen, it's not a theater...
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The only advantage the Pioneer has is a decent audio section for playing back CDs...
And movies! Don't forget those movies... it has those DAC's on all 7 output channels.

But I agree. Even if you want the audio chops of the Pioneer, it's not worth repairing. Just get a nice, new Oppo if the analog stuff it that important to your setup.
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And movies! Don't forget those movies... it has those DAC's on all 7 output channels.

But I agree. Even if you want the audio chops of the Pioneer, it's not worth repairing. Just get a nice, new Oppo if the analog stuff it that important to your setup.
Yes, i would rate the analog audio performance of the Oppo 103 about the same as the 51FD.

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