Originally Posted by Mark the Red
Aside: I love proper English; the bin.
What a great word for it.
If I take it apart, remove the memory card, format it, will that do it? Or is there a basic OS on the memory card that will excaberate the problem?
Hi Mark,You are welcome
Really sorry to hear of your problems with this great player
. From your other posts it's not looking too good it is beginning to look like a video problem on the main board or a laser problem. Did you try the basic composite video output, if nothing there then IMO definitely the video path or laser is faulty. Lens cleaning disc last resort or if you are up to it cleaning the lens manually, requires a great deal of care though.
The memory card is for the BDMV data only not firmware and although I am not an expert I think the firmware is retained on some kind of PROM on the mainboard, can't remember the type offhand (which I guess you could compare to the operating system) which is why specialist knowledge and test equipment are required to roll back the firmware.
There is no reset button inside unfortunately the only reset is the one I described earlier (front panel stop and then power button pressed continuously until it powers off).
We have seen a few bricked players on this forum but I guess in the great scheme of things compared to the number sold in the US and Europe (My local Pioneer Authorised Repair Centre has never had one in for repair) the percentage of failures is quite small. It's just sad it appears to have happened to you.
I guess it is decision time as to whether to go for a repair (From memory Pio US have a standing charge and if the repair exceeds that they give you a quote and you also have to pay for shipping ouch!
apparently the US repair centres can't carry out repairs to the 51/05) or replace it with something else. IMHO I'm not impressed with the new Pio models and won't go there, maybe Panny or Oppo I don't like LG because I have had problems with some of their other products but a couple of their Bluray players are getting good press.
BTW from the few examples of total repair costs that I know of, this could be as much as the price of a new half decent player or well on the way to a top end Panny or the Oppo 93
Best wishes, Rick