Originally Posted by Laserfan
Your post is confusing. You say you sent-in your player for service and they re-flashed the firmware, but only to 011? Ver 011 is older than 6/21/2012--when did you send in your player for service?
Now it's at 011 and you're contemplating 014? It seems to me if you are having problems still, that this is the obvious thing to try.
As for using the Service Menu to "update firmware" e.g. to an older version, I didn't review that entire thread (link you posted) to see if anyone's tried this. In any case I would not mess with "grounding an EPROM pin" but I'd be surprised if the menu item "Version Updater" would brick your player i.e. did anyone in that thread try it? Insert a CD with the update on it (update meaning ver 008) and GO? I searched on UPDATA_11X008.ZIP and it's still available it seems.
It was indeed a long time ago if you think about it we are talking about a 2009 model (this player is quite old). I bought it heavily discounted as the last years model at the time so I ended up getting the full warranty but it started about the time that most people's 1 yr was ending at the time 011 hadn't been out all that long.. I did write extensively about this in this forum, IDK how many pages back it is now, during the "adventure" / when it was ongoing.
It had been using 08 perfectly, it was after doing the reported successful upgrade to 011 that problems began (that seemed like the likely suspect at the time however...), they simply re-flashed 011 on and would not go back to 08 for me.
Logically, I disagree that committing forever to 014 is the obvious thing to do. I spent hours at the time researching & some in the intervening years trying to problem solve that player's issues as well as get a feel for the problems of others. Firmware updates have an abnormally high rate of bricking these Sony's.
So under normal circumstances and with most devices (especially when correctable) the firmware upgrade would be the best solution to at least try (then rule in or out based on the results), however with no way to reverse it for under ~$120, and it still having a decent value to another besides me [as is], I'm going to keep going with it [as is] for the time being. It's certainly an option, but the problems that the firmware are likely there to address are new disc copyright protection schemes not actually to address the problem.
The problem became noticeable, prior to sending it to Laredo, TX for repair, on discs that had worked perfectly using 08 firmware, after being on 011 they were invalid. (I jumped to the conclusion that it was firmware as it was a nearby occurrence but the whole issue may not have been as simple as cause and effect).
I did come across a recent post that may hold some promise (doesn't involve bad firmware, dirty laser, weak laser, failing laser... and I'm hoping the person that posted it can provide some pictures / video as to exactly what they did.
I came back here to dig up the posts where I attached pictures from when i cracked open my BDP-s560.EDIT: Also no one has yet posted or commented whether 014 Contains the Analog Kill Switch in it. These older players have a decent value when it comes to pairings with older HDTVs in that they can output via Component Cable at 1080i or 720P.
If someone would be kind enough to test 014 as to whether it keeps the BDP-s560 capable of 1080i over component I would be thankful. I posted the results when someone asked about that ability when 011 was the current firmware; I'm inclined to play the wait & see game. Might not be enough members left with working BDP-s560's to test that.... lol.
P.S. I don't really spend any time worrying about this unit. I literally have BR players coming out of my butt right now
with deals I've been finding. At the time, it was my first & only and I didn't think it had paid for it self yet. PLUS to go from a RockStar to having issues gave me a project to work on and a battle to fight.
Sometimes you succeed and other times time passes it & you by w/o a satisfactory resolution. Though when by happenstance I stumbled upon his premise and extrapolated theory as to what is causing all or some of the invalid disc errors; it REALLY perked my curiosity enough to come over here & see where these threads are & to find my pictures/ refresh my memory of the data at the time.Here's the link it's the 8-9-2013 post in case you are curious/interested.
Originally Posted by spec1alk
I never found a root cause, but I suspect it was either the firmware was causing non-Sony discs to have difficulty playing, or that the read head was dirty.I was agitated
and just bought a new player. Since this player failed sooner than I felt it should have (after only about 2 years), I didn't even bother buying a Sony...
Originally Posted by Toknowshita
It's kind of funny. My 360 also was suffering from the invalid disc message. I eventually gave up and just moved my 470 to that particular display. The funny part is that the old x60 line of Sony DVD players were also known to fail prematurely (usually right out of the year warranty). So both my Sony DVP-S360 and BDP-S360 failed well before they should have.
I multi-quoted you two in case this guy's post is of interest to you as well. Dated 8-9-2013