Strange playability quirk
Hi, I have over 300 HD DVD titles in my collection and 4 players. A Venturer unit, a Toshiba HDA30, A2 and A3.
Right now I have the A30 in my living room and the A2 in the bedroom. Yesterday I watched Fast and Furious with no issues on the A30. When I tried to watch 2Fast2Furious, it kept freezing at the same spot. I checked the disc under a light and it had weird foggy patches and streaks on the surface. This disc had been only watched once previously and has sat for years on my shelf.
I tried the disc in my A2 and it played fine. I tried it again in the A30 and it also played fine! It didn't freeze.
Next I tried The Warriors. It did have a scratch on the disc. I tried it in the A30 and it kept freezing - this was repeatable- at the 47 minute mark. I tried it in the A2 and it played through this just fine. When I tried it again in the A30... it played through the 47 minute mark perfectly.
This scenario happened a few years ago with two completely different players. An A3 which was in the living room and the Venturer which was in the bedroom. The Hitcher, which was a combo disc, kept freezing in the A3 but played fine in the Venturer, then played fine when tried again in the A3.
Any ideas why something like this could happen, especially when these freeze-ups were originally repeatable over and over again?