Originally Posted by GReddy
i got the cd out alright. i pretty much dissambled the whole drive assembly. i undid the main lid, the disconnect all the ribbon connections so the drive is free of them. i then unscrewed it and undid the drive lid. cd was just sitting there when the drive lid removed. i have assembled everything back together now. didn't make any difference to the operation of the unit, with or without the cd inside. it's still saying "LOAD" or "OPEN" and not doing anything.
i will give this a shot tomorrow, but i'm not feeling hopeful at all
Unfortunately, I think your feelings are straight on and your unit is bricked.
I have 4 HD playback units from 3 manufacturers and each and every one of them shout Warnings about not interrupting the firmware update process at any time until completion or damage to the unit will result. See the examples below-
Samsung 1400 - Warning
The following events may interrupt the upgrade process and MAY RESULT IN PERMANENT DAMAGE TO THE UNIT WHILE UPGRADING.
*** 1. Unplugging the power plug
2. Power outage
3. Dirt or scratches on the burned CD-R/RW disc
4. Closing or opening a disc tray during update processing
Sony S550- WARNING!! Do not
power off the Blu-ray Disc player or disconnect it from the AC power outlet
. Loss of power during the installation of the firmware update may cause the Blu-ray Disc player to be unresponsive or to require repair.
Toshiba XA2 / A2- The following events may interrupt the firmware update process and cause the player to malfunction.
1)DO NOT unplug the power cord during the firmware update process
2)Avoid loss or interruption of power during the firmware update process
3)DO NOT press the power button on the unit during the firmware update process
4)Check the disc for dirt or scratches before beginning the firmware update process
The complete firmware update process will take approximately 15 minutes. DO NOT UNPLUG or POWER DOWN the Player during the update process or it may result in damage to the HD DVD Player.
Unfortunately, an item from any of the above is exactly what has happened in your case and I do not know of anybody with any player of any brand that has recovered from from such a situation without having to send it in for replacement or repair.
I would suggest that in the future you guard the player/plug intensely until the update(s) has finished. Only the power company related or some random act of God could cause a similar fate then. I wish you well.
**Edit: caps in text is manufacturer, not mine.**