Use this thread to discuss issues/fixes with the latest firmware updates. Current version is 2.9 (click to go there)
.To check current firmware version on your BD30
Turn on the main unit.
Create the Update Disk
- Press the [SETUP] button on the remote control to open the display menu screen.
- Using the Up and Down cursor buttons on the remote control, select the "DISPLAY" tab - "DISPLAY" items will appear.
- Press and hold the [STATUS] button on the remote control. While doing so, the current firmware version for your player will be displayed in the lower right hand corner of the screen (e.g. "2.8").
To do the update, download the file, then decompress
it. This is critical. Do not merely burn the downloaded file. It will not work. The uncompressed file needs to end with the extension .FRM, such as PANA_DVD.FRM
To create a firmware update disc, write the decompressed file to a CD-R disc using CD-R writing software. Follow the operating instructions for the writing software to create the disc. Once the firmware update disc is created, continue to the next step.
1.About the CD-R disc:
If the firmware update disc has write errors, it will not be readable by the Panasonic BD player and you will not be able to update the firmware.
Always use a blank CD-R disc. That seems to provide the most consistently reliable results. Panasonic does not recommend using a CD-RW disc, though some people have reported using those with no update issues.
2.About the CD-R writing software:
If you are creating the firmware update disc on a Microsoft Windows XP PC, use the standard Windows XP writing application. See additional information concerning Vista and Windows 7 below.BD Firmware Update Procedure (PDF)
Other writing software can be used, but follow the operating instructions provided for the writing software. Be aware that "packet-writing" is not supported.Note on Burning Software
A rather large number of people have reported issues using Microsoft Vista's native burning process. XP seems to work the best. However good results have been reported using Nero and Roxio, whether under XP or Vista.
Windows 7 using Nero express has also been reported as successful.Performing the Update
It will take about 10 minutes to update the firmware. During the firmware update procedure, do not turn the Panasonic BD player off nor disconnect AC power. Do not press any buttons,except as instructed.
Failure to do so may result in the Panasonic BD player becoming unresponsive which will require repair.
[Step-1] Turn your Panasonic BD player on.
[Step-2] Press [OPEN/CLOSE] on the Panasonic BD Player to open the disc tray. Load the firmware update disc and press [OPEN/CLOSE] on the Panasonic BD Player to close the disc tray.
DO NOT press any other buttons during the firmware update.
The Panasonic BD Player will first display "Bye" on the front panel display, automatically turn itself off and then, within a few seconds, restart again and automatically start installing the firmware from the firmware update disc.
NOTE: If the Panasonic BD Player does not restart automatically after it has turned off, press [POWER] on the Panasonic BD Player - the Panasonic BD Player will then restart and install the firmware update as normal.
[Step-3] The time to complete the firmware update will vary, however the time should not exceed 15 minutes. Please be patient during the firmware upgrade!
NOTE: During the update process, various messages will show on the front panel display of the Panasonic BD player.
[Step-4] When the firmware update is completed, "FINISH" is displayed on the front panel display of the Panasonic BD player and the disc tray opens automatically.
Take out the firmware update disc and turn off power with the power button on the main unit. The firmware update installation procedure is now complete.
[CAUTION] During the firmware update procedure, do not turn the unit off, disconnect it from AC power (outlet) and press any buttons except as instructed.
Failure to do so may result in an unresponsive unit that will require repair.[Note]
: If the firmware version currently installed in the Panasonic BD player is the same or more recent than the firmware version on the update disc, "UNSUP/PORT" will be displayed for approximately 5 seconds on the front display of the Panasonic BD player. In this case, an update is unnecessary -please remove the disc.