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On the record which OPPO do you like the best?
Officially, on the record:

historically, for DVDs: the 983H

currently, for Blu-rays, DVDs, media files, and HDMI input from an HTPC: BDP-103D.

Note: I am not an audiophile, else I would need more expensive models.

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FWIW, my 83 stopped playing any BD's. DVD's were fine but nothing else. Disassembled the unit down to the optical drive, cleaned the lenses gently with swabs and a bit of alcohol and all is back to working perfectly. There were only a few cat hairs and bits of dust in there but that and slightly cloudy lenses were enough apparently. It's nice to have the trusty Oppo up and running again!

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I didn't get a resolution yet because of my situation of being in Brazil.

I tried tests that Oppo suggested but nothing worked.


I took off the DVD region free mod from JVB Digital and inserted back the original ribbon cable but nothing changed, the player still don't start.


I took the mod off because Oppo told me to do so, but I am pretty sure there is nothing to with this, because I installed it in the first month I bought the player in 2009) and it has always worked perfectly with it.


I believe the power supply board died because of one capacitor (that has a little bulge on of it). I sent pictures to them but they didn't seem to agree with me.


Anyway they offer to send another power supply board and another tray, but they said they where not sure that would solve the problem. The shipping cost for trying one solution that was not certain was too much risk.


I decide to send the player to them. It is on the way.


I cant shake the feeling it should not have happened because my player had very little usage (perhaps too little usage).


Just to correct one assertion I made about a fuse on the power board supply, now I am not sure it is a fuse or not because it is soldered to the PCB of the PSB.


Thank you and everybody for the suggestions and help.


Best regards.


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FWIW, my 83 stopped playing any BD's. DVD's were fine but nothing else. Disassembled the unit down to the optical drive, cleaned the lenses gently with swabs and a bit of alcohol and all is back to working perfectly. There were only a few cat hairs and bits of dust in there but that and slightly cloudy lenses were enough apparently. It's nice to have the trusty Oppo up and running again!

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That's too cool, we use lens tissue and reagent grade methanol to clean optics in the lasers I work on.
Some people have used Everclear in a pinch depending on the application.

Acetone is good too but you have to be careful with it especially with plastic and around glue.
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That's too cool, we use lens tissue and reagent grade methanol to clean optics in the lasers I work on.
Some people have used Everclear in a pinch depending on the application.

Acetone is good too but you have to be careful with it especially with plastic and around glue.
Spot on. I had the bottle of acetone sitting there but thought better of it after seeing the construction of the dual laser mechanism. It's really delicate and is clearly seated with an adhesive. IMO, the rubber spindle and some other mucky parts were safer to clean with swabs slightly dampened with white vinegar.
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^^^
FWIW, methanol is pretty bad for plastic and rubber parts. I wouldn't do anywhere near a consumer drive with it.
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FWIW, methanol is pretty bad for plastic and rubber parts. I wouldn't do anywhere near a consumer drive with it.
Yeah, not sure what would be the best liquid to use. Maybe 90% isopropyl or 99% if you can get it.
The optics I clean are a different grade I'm sure.
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Yeah, not sure what would be the best liquid to use. Maybe 90% isopropyl or 99% if you can get it.
The optics I clean are a different grade I'm sure.
I'd say that plain old distilled H2O is more than adequate, but isopropyl is also fine. Its the swabbing with a cotton swab that really does the trick. Unless the player has been subjected to smoke, a solvent really isn't called for.
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The alcohol is good because it evaporates rapidly, leaving no spotting.

Film on the lenses can come from fireplace, cooking or tobacco smoke, or, and this one is really nasty, oily particulates from scented candles. If you have picture or mirror glass nearby, or a similar non-porous surface, try swiping a finger across it to see if you get a smear (distinct from dust). If you do, then that gunk is being deposited on the player's laser lens, too. Meaning more frequent cleaning needed of the lens.
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I'd say that plain old distilled H2O is more than adequate, but isopropyl is also fine. Its the swabbing with a cotton swab that really does the trick. Unless the player has been subjected to smoke, a solvent really isn't called for.
I read where it's not wise to use water because of electrical conductivity or something like that.
Oppo is probably better suited at answering this question if anyone wants to DIY.
Otherwise it might be better to just send it in for them to clean and inspect.
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I have been kind of wondering why I do not see any recent posts by Neuromancer. Did something happen to him? His last post was in June. I have been having a hard time keeping up with the OPPO threads since the change and I only receive one automatic email update until I visit the forum again so I fall behind. It is unusual not to see him post as he has been doing this since the OPPO 83 release and possibly longer but I only started with the OPPO 83.

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I have been kind of wondering why I do not see any recent posts by Neuromancer. Did something happen to him? His last post was in June. I have been having a hard time keeping up with the OPPO threads since the change and I only receive one automatic email update until I visit the forum again so I fall behind. It is unusual not to see him post as he has been doing this since the OPPO 83 release and possibly longer but I only started with the OPPO 83.
He's alive and well. He probably isn't posting much because others have been fielding the questions that come up.
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^ Nothing has happened. Neuromancer is still actively posting -- most recently fielding questions in places which are discussing OPPO's new, Personal Audio products.
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^ Nothing has happened. Neuromancer is still actively posting -- most recently fielding questions in places which are discussing OPPO's new, Personal Audio products.
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Thanks guys for the update. Just glad he is not ill or something. I was even thinking that he might be testing a new OPPO BD player.

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I once heard grain alcohol from the liquor store was a good cleaner because it leaves no residue. Here in Pa. I believe you need a special permit to purchase it.

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^ A single malt Scotch is good. Not for cleaning the lenses. Just good.
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Can someone recommend a region free mod kit for BR’s?

I have two Oppo BR players. This 83 and a 93. I haverecently found a couple TV series that are from the UK, and my players will obviouslyneed to be modified to play these disks. I figured I would just modify the 83for the infrequent need to play these UK based disks. I did a search on theinternet for a mod kit, and the only one that I was able to find was from blueraychip.dk.After reading the description, it seemed simple enough to install and use, andtheir web site looked professional enough, so I placed the order. Well that wasabout two weeks ago. For the past several days I have been trying to get astatus update on my order via their email address, as well as through the “myaccount” option to communicate with these people. Finally, after the fourthattempt, and telling them that they had 24 hours to provide a status, or I washave my CC company dispute the charge, I got a response. The response was apologetic,and I was told that they have tried to communicate with me, but their emailswere getting bounced back to them. Whether or not that is true (doubtful, butpossible), I am now wondering if I shouldn’t just cancel the order and try andfind a kit from somewhere else.

In retrospect, I wish I would have asked what kit I should buyon this forum, but I had a brain fart and forgot…. I did a search on thiscompany here at AVS, and the results are somewhat mixed. There are many comments saying this companydoes not have great customer support, but some comments indicate that their kitswork well, and some say they don’t. It’s difficult to weed through it all.

Your advise would be most welcomed. I need to move on this fairlyquick while I have the attention of this company.
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^ If all the overseas discs you want to play are SD-DVDs then there is a simple, software only mod called "SuperDisc" which will make the OPPO Region Free for SD-DVD. See the FAQ -- link at the top of the first post in each player's thread here.

You only need a hardware mod if you need Region Free for Blu-ray discs.

Also note that some overseas discs are not actually Region locked at all. They will play in an unmodified OPPO.

I don't use a hardware mod myself, so I'll leave it to others to offer recommendations.
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Thanks Bob. I only play BR disks. I might just try the BR disk I just got and see if it is locked. I asumed it was, as it is clearly marked as a 'non-US' region disk (Mrs Brown's Boys, series 1 and 2).
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Thanks Bob. I only play BR disks. I might just try the BR disk I just got and see if it is locked. I asumed it was, as it is clearly marked as a 'non-US' region disk (Mrs Brown's Boys, series 1 and 2).
JVB Digital makes an excellent, very simple to install DIY kit for about $110.
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With regard to cleaning the lens/laser as discussed earlier up, I actually use Maxell's brushless "wind tunnel" BD player cleaning system every time I do a system diagnostic check on my setup, and nothing has gone wrong with playback on my BDP-83 since I first got it all those years ago...the product doesn't use brushes or chemicals like many other laser lens cleaners and instead creates an "airhole" as the disc spins, supposedly blowing off any debris around the pickup without scratching the delicate lens...

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^ That will work for dust, and is a good solution. However it will do nothing if the laser lens is filmed with smoke or airborne oil particulates.
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^ That will work for dust, and is a good solution. However it will do nothing if the laser lens is filmed with smoke or airborne oil particulates.
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That may be true (about the smoke or airborne particles not being affected by the laser lens cleaner I suggested) but I was just throwing it out there...

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^ Sure, and it's a good suggestion -- easier than opening up the player, and much safer than the "cleaner discs" that use brushes.
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