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The only way you'll be able to get replacements would be to grab them off of a damaged player that has a good panel. Not really worth it for just the panel!!!

That being said, it depends on how they're broken. I had one that I bought that would get locked, and found when opening the case it had just popped out of the socket. Easy fix. Another easy fix would be replacing the spring (I think it has a spring... been a while). If the panel is damaged, as in the "pin" has snapped off, you're not going to have much luck, but you could just remove it, and risk the extra dust getting in through that open panel. You're no doubt well out of warranty, so I wouldn't hesitate in exploring inside to see if you can get it aligned and working.

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I have 2 HD-A2 players and both have broken flip-down panels. Can these be fixed? If so, where can I locate two flip-down panels? Thanks!

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I've used AnyDVD HD to rip all my HDDVDs "just in case" something happens to either the disc or my player. If something does I can always rip the image to a blu-ray.

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The only way you'll be able to get replacements would be to grab them off of a damaged player that has a good panel. Not really worth it for just the panel!!!

That being said, it depends on how they're broken. I had one that I bought that would get locked, and found when opening the case it had just popped out of the socket. Easy fix. Another easy fix would be replacing the spring (I think it has a spring... been a while). If the panel is damaged, as in the "pin" has snapped off, you're not going to have much luck, but you could just remove it, and risk the extra dust getting in through that open panel. You're no doubt well out of warranty, so I wouldn't hesitate in exploring inside to see if you can get it aligned and working.

On both players, the flip-down panel broke off completely. If I can find one off of a broken HD-A2 will I have any problem replacing it? I just like it when everything works like it is supposed to. I'm rather picky in that way.
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No, it's really quite easy to do the replacement. You could also use the HD-A20, as the chassis is exactly the same. I swapped the power button panel between two, and it really is easy to replace things in it. The hardest was getting a drive out, as I couldn't get a cable disconnected!!

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On both players, the flip-down panel broke off completely. If I can find one off of a broken HD-A2 will I have any problem replacing it? I just like it when everything works like it is supposed to. I'm rather picky in that way.

I started doing that myself, but found it was a bit of a pain since I own over 200 discs now. It was much easier, and cheaper through the costs of extra drives, to just buy an extra player as a back-up. Of course now the family owns 8 players, so we're good for quite a while!!! I still do have a computer drive just in case I need to resort to that though!

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I've used AnyDVD HD to rip all my HDDVDs "just in case" something happens to either the disc or my player. If something does I can always rip the image to a blu-ray.

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I've used AnyDVD HD to rip all my HDDVDs "just in case" something happens to either the disc or my player. If something does I can always rip the image to a blu-ray.

FWIW the Xbox360 external HDDVD drive connected via USB is a good tool for ripping and playing HDDVD. A bit slow but gets the job done.

There are lot of these on Ebay. Bought one about 4 months ago for $25 + shipping. This does NOT require the Xbox console BTW.

Arcsoft TMT3 will decode and play HDDVD, Power DVD from 8 up will not although there is a hack to enable HDDVD play back with PDVD on the AVS HTPC forum PDDVD thread. Have not tried that myself, don't have PDVD.

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boy, I haven't been on this thread the end of 07 when I sold my HD-DVD player and moved from England to Saudi. Good to see there are still some owners out there.
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^ Yep, still a few of us around, I still play the occasional HD DVD.

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^ Yep, still a few of us around, I still play the occasional HD DVD.
You are missing the bargains.

I just bought The Bourne Identity HDDVD (brand new) from Amazon for $2.48 via an Amazon affiliate "foggypaws'.

Look at his store, he has hundreds of HDDVD, many at bargain prices and many are brand new and he marks them as new or used.

Most of my ~70 HDDVD are ripped to my WHS and streamed to a NeoTV550.
No more slow loading from the Toshiba D2 and now the video plays at 1080/24p which the D2 can not do.

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My trusty Sammy DLP's color wheel finally bit the dust and we purchased an LG 47LV5500. Since my Sammy was 720p, I wasn't concerned that the HD-A2 did not out put 1080p. My question: set the A2 to output 1080i or 720p?

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My trusty Sammy DLP's color wheel finally bit the dust and we purchased an LG 47LV5500. Since my Sammy was 720p, I wasn't concerned that the HD-A2 did not out put 1080p. My question: set the A2 to output 1080i or 720p?

1080i, your tv should be able to deinterlace pulldown to 1080 p
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Thanks. I have more HD-DVDs than Bluray at this moment. I buy BR, but if I run across any HD DVDs cheap I get them. I found a new copy of Animal House at Fry's Foods for $6.

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Thanks. I have more HD-DVDs than Bluray at this moment. I buy BR, but if I run across any HD DVDs cheap I get them. I found a new copy of Animal House at Fry's Foods for $6.

There is an Amazon affiliated Ebay seller (foggypaws) with a large inventory of HDDVD's. I bought the Bourne Ultimatum from him. ~ $ 5.

Meanwhile at least four of my HDDVD's have failed, Casablanca and Phantom of the Opera among them. I will have to scout Amazon for replacements.

Took a look at Amazon and searched for HD DVD, 3358 results, but my choices above are not there.

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There is an Amazon affiliated Ebay seller (foggypaws) with a large inventory of HDDVD's. I bought the Bourne Ultimatum from him. ~ $ 5.

Meanwhile at least four of my HDDVD's have failed, Casablanca and Phantom of the Opera among them. I will have to scout Amazon for replacements.

Took a look at Amazon and searched for HD DVD, 3358 results, but my choices above are not there.
funny my Tokyo Drift HDDVD has failed, developed some sort of oxidization. I contacted universal, they offered me the DVD....I bitched and now as a "one time exception" they're sending the blu-ray copy in it's place.

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Hi everyone, I've been an av fanatic for many years but because I have only just started into semi-retirement I am now posting into the forum. And I'm here because I want to get HD-DVD, especially this Toshiba model. There are people literally giving away the movies with this player on eBay. Will someone please pinch me? I know the format is going going gone but what the hey, the deals are screaming too loud for me to ignore. Have I lost my mind or is this a great deal to pursue?

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Hi everyone, I've been an av fanatic for many years but because I have only just started into semi-retirement I am now posting into the forum. And I'm here because I want to get HD-DVD, especially this Toshiba model. There are people literally giving away the movies with this player on eBay. Will someone please pinch me? I know the format is going going gone but what the hey, the deals are screaming too loud for me to ignore. Have I lost my mind or is this a great deal to pursue?

What kid of deals are you seeing? Maybe I can beat it? I have one that I don't use and have a bunch of HD movies also. PM me if you want to discuss.

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Hi everyone, I've been an av fanatic for many years but because I have only just started into semi-retirement I am now posting into the forum. And I'm here because I want to get HD-DVD, especially this Toshiba model. There are people literally giving away the movies with this player on eBay. Will someone please pinch me? I know the format is going going gone but what the hey, the deals are screaming too loud for me to ignore. Have I lost my mind or is this a great deal to pursue?

Depends. If the discs are new then you should be 'ok' but know the tech is no longer supported and the discs scratch fairly easy (I'd never buy used).
We have 3 HDDVD players but rarely use them but I have @80 HDDVDs.

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Hi everyone, I've been an av fanatic for many years but because I have only just started into semi-retirement I am now posting into the forum. And I'm here because I want to get HD-DVD, especially this Toshiba model. There are people literally giving away the movies with this player on eBay. Will someone please pinch me? I know the format is going going gone but what the hey, the deals are screaming too loud for me to ignore. Have I lost my mind or is this a great deal to pursue?

When DVD came out, and laser disc players and titles started showing up with lower prices, folks would ask me - "should I jump in and grab stuff now?". My answer was always - "if you already have players and titles and are happy with them, enjoy. If not - do not get involved now - buy DVD when you are ready".

I would say the same thing now about HD-DVD . . those of us who have players and titles enjoy them. I have no intentions of giving up my players & titles. But you can get blu-ray players and titles very inexpensively these days, and I would not recommend someone get involved with hd-dvd at this point under any circumstances (short of someone giving stuff to you for free).

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The most I'd pay for any HD-DVD title at this point would be about $1 (the cost of a rental). Unless, of course, it is some international title that will never make it to the US on Blu-ray. That being said, I still watch what I have on either my HD-A2 or my LG BH200 dual format player.

At no point in your rambling, incoherent post were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this forum is now dumber for having read it.

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The most I'd pay for any HD-DVD title at this point would be about $1 (the cost of a rental). Unless, of course, it is some international title that will never make it to the US on Blu-ray. That being said, I still watch what I have on either my HD-A2 or my LG BH200 dual format player.

My Toshiba D2 (Costco version of the A2) is limited to 1080i and can not reproduce the 24 FPS film rate.
To overcome this limitation my HD DVD collection is ripped to my WHS using a tool that converts the HDDVD structure to the BluRay BDMV container. The films now stream via a 1Gb network to a Dune Smart H1 at 1080/p24 with bitstream audio to my AVR which decodes DB THD and DTS HD MA audio.

IMO this is the way to go.

My desktop PC has the LG combo (HD DVD/BR) optical drive originally used in the LG BH200 player. No longer available but the Xbox HD DVD external (USB) player is readily available on Ebay for ~ $30 and does the job.

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Hi everyone, I've been an av fanatic for many years but because I have only just started into semi-retirement I am now posting into the forum. And I'm here because I want to get HD-DVD, especially this Toshiba model. There are people literally giving away the movies with this player on eBay. Will someone please pinch me? I know the format is going going gone but what the hey, the deals are screaming too loud for me to ignore. Have I lost my mind or is this a great deal to pursue?

Grab it. I have around 350 titles on HD DVD and ONE A-35 player and it friggen ROCKS!!! While I do not use it as much lately, (we use streaming ALOT now) when I do, I am so pleased I got it. And IF you can find titles for $1 new? Do not walk, RUN to the checkout. Worth every penny. I have no problem getting (new) $5 titles for what I want...Of course, I am at the point of no return and the titles available that I want on HD DVD are few and far between anymore. While I won't p/u titles on HD DVD that are on Blu, I won't buy on Blu what I already have on HD DVD. Make sense? Does to me.
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Grab it. I have around 350 titles on HD DVD and ONE A-35 player and it friggen ROCKS!!! While I do not use it as much lately, (we use streaming ALOT now) when I do, I am so pleased I got it. And IF you can find titles for $1 new? Do not walk, RUN to the checkout. Worth every penny. I have no problem getting (new) $5 titles for what I want...Of course, I am at the point of no return and the titles available that I want on HD DVD are few and far between anymore. While I won't p/u titles on HD DVD that are on Blu, I won't buy on Blu what I already have on HD DVD. Make sense? Does to me.

Maybe I'm getting spoiled with the Blockbuster stores going out of business and picking up previously viewed Blu-rays for $2-$3 each. I think I have most of the HD DVD titles I want already, so that is why I set my $1 limit. I have about 50 or so HD DVD and haven't re-bought any of them on Blu-ray.

At no point in your rambling, incoherent post were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this forum is now dumber for having read it.

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I took advantage of the HDDVD to BD program. I scanned the covers for the HDDVDs and printed them to keep with the HDDVD and got the BDs for $5 and then sold a bunch of the BDs on eBay for profit.

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I've got an A2 I used a 6 times before getting a dual HDDVD/ Bluray player. I'm thinking of selling my player and 78 HDDVDs . Any chance I can get $200 for the whole bundle? How?

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I've got an A2 I used a 6 times before getting a dual HDDVD/ Bluray player. I'm thinking of selling my player and 78 HDDVDs . Any chance I can get $200 for the whole bundle? How?
No interest in the media, but I'd consider $50 shipped for the player if your description is accurate and it's properly packaged. PM if interested.
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