Spoke too soon. Disconnecting the network access (cable) to the BD390 allowed the disc to play.
I would appreciate any suggestions.
At first I thought it's time for a new player since there haven't been any new firmware updates in a couple years. I also thought I had a bad disc, or was sent the wrong region, since it came to the US from the UK.
After a couple emails to the distributor to return the disc, I learned something about the BD390 settings. My player is connected to my Integra receiver by HDMI. I had the HDMI set to "Primary Pass-thru" since I would rather have the newer decoders in my receiver handle the D/A. All my other discs played fine with this. After changing the audio in HDMI to "PCM Multi-ch," the disc plays fine now. Turned out to be a handshake issue with the receiver.
I thought I would post this in case someone else is looking to fix their player on a new high-res audio disc like this.
The most troublesome is the disc, that fails to open by itself, and you have to keep the external plate open to let that to happen. And even so after a few tries.
I wonder what that might be and if there is some way to cure it, not being replacing the whole system.
The most serious problem is I do not seem to find a BD player to replace it, not even from LG. Has anyone find any?
My application is to playing mkv files through the network and playing DVDs with mkv files on them, SL and DL.
OLne of the problems in finding alternate players is that most BD players now have Cinavia, and it seems to block playing even mkv files.
I have bought a Pioneer BDP-140, which doesn't have Cinavia, but it doesn't play everything as the BD390 seemed to do.
BD390 won't play movie Gravity with current firmware (561 from November, 2013). Well, or so I thought.
I had the same issue with Red 2, and will check if the below fix solves the issue on that disc as well.
Based on the lead from "brinker", I changed the audio settings, and was able to get the beloved BD390 to go from "Check Disc" to playing the movie "Gravity".
The only combination I found that worked was to set HDMI and SPDIF both to "Primary Pass-Thru", and then turn DRC Off. Before turning DRC off, the disc would not play -- that seemed to be the magic bullet. I did find that it wouldn't recognize the disc if it was present on power-up, but a simple retry by pressing Open/Close on the remote and it recognized the disc on try #2.
I hope this helps others!
I just got this BR reader.
Need to investigate more, but looks working.
However I wonder why TEST of HP don't work for rear and sub?
Sub doesn't work at all, and rears go to front.
I'm connected to amplifier with optical cable, BD390 setup is pass through, audio mode seems recognized by the amplifier (digital/dts...) and rear HP works by reading BR.
Curious to know why test doesn't work.
thx in advance..
I disassembled it and cleaned the lenses; which actually helped. Previously I got a disc read error for both DVD and BD... after cleaning it the DVD played, but still no joy on the BD.
I had read about adjusting the potentiometer to bump the laser strength, but I can't find them anywhere!!! LOL!!! So, am I blind or are there just none to adjust?
My Google-Fu has proven insufficient to find a pic or post.
My BD390 needs a DVD in it, and come to the dvd's menu when it starts. If it's tray is empty, the tv screen stays black.
As for a replacement, I got some Fire Tv devices and installed KODI to play my local files. The only thing I can't do is Vudu and Cinemanow (so no UltraViolet) And of course, still use the LG's to play discs when needed.
Other bluray players I've looked at used DLNA for playback of personal/local files (which requires a compatible DLNA server, and files to be properly formatted and/or the server to transcode for/during playback.).
So it's the software itself and the machine might be fine, the firmware sucks.
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