Originally Posted by radtek
I was quite involved back when The 5000 first came out and in the subsequent years, as we paid a pretty penny at the time, so I patiently waited for each firmware update. I was reading this forum daily it seemed.to hear any news, glitches etc. Now I do seem to recall NOT loading one of the updates because of some issues that were being expressed back when. I think it may have been 1,3? Was there a relatively short period between 1.3 and 1.4? ...that is short per Samsung's standards. I seem to recall folks reverting back to the previous version as it had fewer issues. Because of this I did not load one of the updates.
I just went and looked high and low for Dumbo and he is not here. I believe my granddaughter was so enamored with the movie at the time I let her take it home, this would have been several years ago. But I did find another Disney BD ....Wall.E and it is playing as I type this.... but! ...in order for it to do so, when the movie menu came up and I selected "Play Movie" and it just sat there with blank screen and the screen on the player was scrolling "slide show". I ejected the disc and re started skipped all the previews got to the menu and this time when to scene selection and picked the very first and it started right up at the beginning of the movie. I guess this work around is needed for this title.
I have always loaded new firmware from CDs for this player and I believe I was on 1.4. I can only find the CDs for 1.5 and 1.6 I think I tossed the others to free up some jewel cases. The granddaughter is growing up faster then I would like and has different tastes in movies now days so when I can get in contact with her I will see if she still has the Dumbo movie and have her return it so I can test play-ability for you.
1.3 came out around May 30th of 2008. !.4 did not release until October or so of 2008 so at the time it was quite long since from release (late 2007/early 2008) up until it was less that 6 months old there were 5 versions of the code; original, 1.0,1.1,1.2,1.3. I came onto the scene with I think 1.1 but it could have been original or 1.0. I didn't know much about the player or tech back then and applied 1.2 very soon after I bought my original main player in late APril or early May. I then ran into all the DDTHD issues and inability to bitstream and patiently waited for the 1.3 release that was the savior of this player, though I think is broke the issues with upper screen tearing with 24fps playback of some HD AVC content. It's a little sketchy for me when that was broke, got fixed, then broke again and then was partially fixed with 1.6 an beyond. I'm pretty sure it was a problem originally then got fixed in 1.2 and broke again with the big change release of 1.3. Anyhow 1.4 was released for playability of For Your Eyes only and the original Jack Ryan movies on BD (afaIK
the HDs have always played and I hope they still do since I spent a mint on the never officially released box set). The timeframe that you mention was probably between 1.5 and 1.6 since that was a very short lived thing. They released 1.5 for Avatar since Fox changed their encryption and that release broke about a dozen or so older Fox BDs and Disney Pirates,,,III. I detected this and got them to release 1.6 within a month if I remember right to fix all those problems only to have that release cause issues with Disney BDs and DVDs that started releasing in 2011. Those were the only releases in 2010 and were in late Spring/Summer of that year and the only ones prior to the current. I suspect that you might have skipped both of those releases since yes at the time we started reverting our players due to those issues. If you don't load updates until something is broken then you probably bypassed those releases and that would explain why you are on 8124 loader code since you mention you thought you were on 1.4 even though you do have the disc for 1.5 an 1.6.
Note that the movies I have been posting about today are DVDs not BDs. If you are on 1.7 I doubt that you should be able to get the ones I mentioned to play and testing Dumbo DVD would be good since it is a no go for me. The BD is fine that is the first thing I tested after getting to 8124/1.7. You said before that you were able to get Snow White... DVD from the Diamond edition to play but for me it just spits it out with the error about TV format with anything newer than 1,4.
I remember there being some weirdness with Wall-e so later I will try that since I have not played it in years. I also need to test some new Fox titles to make sure this combo does not have issues. I found no change from 0321 to 8124 when trying to play Bubble HD or Thirteen Ghosts (didn't try Splice rental) however I did see and improvement in both of my players ability to read through defective HD-DVDs. I need to do more testing there but Grand Prix though it has major issues at least would quickly read around the problem rather than getting stuck for several seconds. I also need to test a slew of old BD an HD issues that may or may not be corrected by the 8124 loader code. My suspicion is that there were problems with old code getting into all the firmware starting with 1.5 some of which is still not corrected today. I would think that a larger number for your loader code would be desirable but we have a newish firmware that is dated almost two years before it was releases and fixed recent problems that did not exist back in 2012 so who knows how they came up with those. So in some ways it seems better to be on 8124. I have a suspicion however that 8124 will be less reliable with BDs than 0321. I remember some weirdness with borderline loaders way back when and if I got one with different code then I was used to random strange things would happen so I would re-flash he player to get the "new" code on it.
Thanks for letting me know that your code was different than mine and others. There may still be magic in how you updated your player that has preserved it from having issues that many of us have. I am concerned however that you are having issues with Wall-e since any issues there should have been resolved with 1.7 but I haven't put every disc that had issues into my players since the update to verify.