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post #1 of 63 Old 02-21-2004, 11:36 PM - Thread Starter
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(Omikron's list updated)
Panasonic firmware version #:

733 : my A310 after an update (1998 built)

045 : Sango's original firmware version on RP-56
056 : lastest version on Sango's after RP-56 was upgraded.

153 : symth's RP-82 <-- added in entry as of today
188 : RP-91 original firmware (provided by Sam Scamardo)
208 : RP-91
227 : RP-91
236 : RP-91
250 : RP-91 (posted by mrwilson)
254 : RP-91 (July 2002 built)
259 : highest for RP-91

266 : my RP82 (L026 65 D266) originally built June 2002 before update
267 : XP50 (posted by mrwilson)
268 : XP30
___ : XP50
272 : my XP30 (V005 65 H272) built unknown
___ : XP50
___ : Sango's (region 1) RP-82 (June 2002 built)
280 : my XP50 (V051 65 H280) built July 2002
287 : RP-82 http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...16#post1790616
299 : Sango's (region 3) RP-82
300 : my and Sango's (region 1) RP-82 with latest update back in September 2003
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Does anyone know what is the latest firmware for the Panasonic CP72. Would it be the same as the RP82 since it basically the same machine in a 5 disc version, or so I've heard. I'm trying to find out if a firmware upgrade might solve a problem that I've been having with the CP72. My problem is; I back up all my dvd's using a dvd burner, and for some reason my CP72 won't play some of my backups. All my backups are burned the same way but sometime I use different media. The weird thing is, when I burn a backup of a movie with this particular media (Gigastorage 4x DVD-R) using DVDXCOPY, it doesn't play in my CP72. The panny will say "reading" and display 1, 2, and finally the 3rd zero as if it was going to play the disc, except at the last minute it says something like "No Play" (not sure, but I think that's what it says) However, if I burn with the same media using Nero, it plays fine. Now if I use Princo media, via DVDXCOPY, it plays fine in my CP72. I'm hoping a firmware update will fix the problem and that's why I'm trying to find out what the latest firmware is. Can anyone help?
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Thank you Sango, this is a great idea!

Anyone with Panasonic DVD players, could you tell us about your player's firmware version? To check firmware version, in STOP mode, press PAUSE and OPEN buttons on the player, and "7" button on the remote control unit.

Link to pages of Panasonic DVD player service manual:
http://home.comcast.net/~fu_family/dvd.zip

Link to pictures of Panasonic DVD player drive parts:
http://home.comcast.net/~fu_family/dvd2.zip
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Hi vick911c,

I'm not sure about the burning software but I do know that some software provides the good results while some others don't as you have described. I saw this from a different thread but I was unable to look it up. Once while other problems are the user is burning them too fast. What I would recommend to people is to burn them at the lowest speed (I always say 1x) so to avoid any problems with other units whcih do not like fast speed. Even audio CDs too.

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Hi Omikron,

Yup it should be a sticky!!
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Just to note - the first link, the service manual description is for the RV-31 but the stuff to do is the same so the display results may look a bit different on different units.

The second link - The pictures of the Panasonic DVD parts is from my RP-56, so that's would you would be expecting to replace when you want to fix your own unit (part and part no. will look different for your own model). Fixes issues as we've typcially known as H02 and H07. The spindle motor assembly is also responsible for moving the drive tray as well if you have experienced the tray stopping for no apparent reason while opening/closing.
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Thanks, Omikron, for the zip'd info ...

Recently purchased a Pana RP-56 (used on eBay) - it's throwing the H02 error msg.

Looking to make repairs to this deck myself ...
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My panny CP72 has revision 282. Does anyone have a firmware upgrade for this model and/or tried using the RP91?
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Thanks, Omikron, for the zip'd info ...
I shouldn't be taking the credit. I believe it was Sango who posted the link originally.
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Thanks for acknowledgeing me for the pics.

I didn't know RP-56 would also throw a H02 as well. I'm just lucky my unit kept tyring and didn't give me that error at all! =)
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Just decided that I have all the pics of all 4 of my Panasonic units.
DVD-A470EN
DVD-RP56
Both R1 and R3 units of my DVD-RP82s
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Thanks for the reply Sango, I'll try what you suggested and post results when I get a chance.

This is great, hopefully some of us can find out what the latest firmware is for our Panny's that haven't been listed on Omikron's firmware list. My Panny CP72 also has Firmware version# 282. If there is anyone out there that owns a CP72 that has been sent into Panasonic for repairs (I'm sure someone has a REPAIRED CP72), please post the firmware version on your unit after repairs were done. Hopefully the service centers upgrade the software & firmware when they repaired these units (that is if there is a newer version than the one already on your unit). Thanks again guys!
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Hi Vick,

When I went to the service center for repair, I asked them if there is a firmware update for the RP-56 and they said they did. After knowing that, I asked them to upgrade it.

When I recieved my unit back, they also given me in a transparent bag which contained the two parts replaced(which is why I have the pics of them) to show that they have done the work. I also asked them if they did upgrade my unit as well and they said yes. After testing the unit out(yes the firmware as well!), they have done a very good job in their work (especially Doris - she's the technician who worked on it) in making my unit new and better than when I gotten it new(which I explained before in my other posts).
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Hi vick911c- I'm having the same problem you have on my Rp-56. I burned a home movie on a +RW and it worked fine, then whe I re-burned it with some changes, no dice, but the reburned worked fine on my Go Video cheapy player. Go figure... My backups haven't worked yet on the RP-56, and I've tried 3 different -R discs. Have you tried +R yet and I'm not sure if that would make a difference.
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Well I have gotten news from DHC forums that member Lurker has gotten his CP67 fixed at no charge by Panasonic. Most likely they gotten the idea that yeah they have a probem with their parts!

I guess 72 would also apply as well.
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Guys,
I am sure this has been answered, but I cant find it...

I have a RP-91K and want to update my firmware. What is the latest version, how do i get the file, and how do I update it.
Also, what are the new feateures/fixes in the latest version?

Thanks for your help,

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mrbadss:

ver. 259 should be the latest firmware update.

Firmware # Comments
155 Original Release May 2001
227 Pink Tint & Picture Shift
236 Reduced Combing
250 Grey Stripe

Please see the following links for more information. Warning: you are going to be bombarded with tons of information:

http://www.goodmanstl.org/home_theat...ware%20Updates

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...49#post2921349
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Hi Sango,
That's good to know. It's just that these panny players are so great in terms of picture quality, but when it come to build quality; it's a different story. I hope my will last me through this year. I plan on picking up the new Samsung HD941, to bad panny won't be making S97 with Faroudja, and it might not even have upscaling. Seems like their on the wrong track, they took a wrong turn after the XP line when they started using their chips. I wish they would wake up and realize that they still have a bunch of people out there looking for an XP30, or RP82. Oh well!

Hi Esimonso,
I've tried the +R & +RW's as well. Sometimes they work, other times they don't. What bugs me the most is that there seems to be no pattern as to what panny will read. It's just really fussy, or I haven't figured it out yet. I'll keep trying. Thanks to all you guys again.
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Well there is a conflict of information reguarding the S-97, so we will have to stay tuned until we see it for ourselves when it's out to buy.

Try burning them at 1x!! I always burn at the lowest.
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Try burning them at 1x!! I always burn at the lowest.
Ok, this may seem like a dumb question, but how do you ensure burning at the slowest 1X. The discs I have are rated for 1x to 4x. The software I use (DVD X Copy Xpress) doesn't seem to have a setting in the options with regards to burn speed. Am I screwed? I have heard of some other programs that let you control the max speed (and I have this capabibility for CD's). Any insight would be approciated to this "buring beginner" ;)
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Hi Esimonso,

I believe there is a setting to control the burning speed. It could be an advanced option. You may try this program to see if this helps here.

I've not burn any DVDs before since I don't have a DVD burner but I'll just use my CD experience. Only when I burn music/video CDs I do at the lowest. If it's a data disc which is normally going to be used in CD/DVD-ROM, then speed doesn't matter. Some players do not like the higher burned disc because it doesn't burn as deep and precise like the 1x and the 1x guarentees it for sure. The program I use to burn music/video cds is blindwrite (the link above) but I'm using the older 4.5.7 since I like it better.

Hope this helps.
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FYI, my RP82 also has firmware 282 on it.
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Orbiting234:

Cool! What is the built date on your RP82? Is a region 1 player?
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Yep, it's a Region 1 player. Built in July 2002.

Currently trying to find a way to update it's firmware though to hopefully correct an issue I'm having with the component outputs when hooked up to a Panasonic TV.
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What kind of issue with Panasonic TV? I know there is an issue with older interlaced Sony XBR WEGA component video and this issue is due to Sony TV itself and can be fixed by going into TV's service menu. I don't owned a Panasonic TV, but last time I tried my RP-82 (firmware ver. 266 at that time) on an old Panasonic TV via component video at Panasonic service center and the picture seemed fine.
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Original description of my problem can be seen here. (Best way to describe the problem....hmm...you know the simple THX Optimizer found on many DVDs? On the screen that has the word COLOR and TINT repeated over and over with various colors associated with each letter of those words, the C, L, and R, being represented in a dark blue, with literally shake randomly horizontally on the sceen.) Since then I've exchanged the television four times with no resolution to the problem. I eventually tried going with a Toshiba set instead and while it had no problem whatsoever with the component connection to the RP-82, the picture quality was sub-par compared to that Panasonic set I had previously been trying. For the time being, I am now TV-less until I can find a way to get my trusty RP82 to get along with this particular set that has all of the features and picture quality that I am looking for. Noone has reported any problems with the component inputs on the CT-20SL13 to date so I'm guessing that it must be something with the DVD player. It's just odd that products of the same brand don't get along.
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Vick -

I have a CP-72 from what I assume is the very end of the production run. (I bought it months after most dealers had run out and were saying it couldn't be got)

It also has the 282 firmware, so if there's been an update, it would have been service-only. Like everything else about DVD burning, the answer is probably just to experiment with different software and media to find the combination that works reliably.
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I have a Panasonic XP50. Not sure of the production date, but as it was the last one at my local fry's-- the demo unit in fact, I am assuming it's an earlier model

pause + open + 7 gives me:

vo516h266

Not sure if that 3rd digit is a "5" or an "S". yay for 7 segement displays!

1)What does this tell me.
2)Why do I care :p

I'm sure that I will know and care once I'm told.

One final Q:

The xp50 is essentially the same in every aspect, PQ included, as the xp30, except it has DVD-A right? The secrets guide led me to beleive this, and it is the reason I took the risk on a demo unit. In any case, it has served me well for about a year :)
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vo516h266
1)What does this tell me.
2)Why do I care :p

One final Q:

The xp50 is essentially the same in every aspect, PQ included, as the xp30, except it has DVD-A right? The secrets guide led me to beleive this, and it is the reason I took the risk on a demo unit. In any case, it has served me well for about a year :)
1) just the firmware version is 266.

2) you might have the earliest firmware.

3) Too bad the Secret Shootout didn't do a review on XP50 because accoding to a member who owns both XP50 and RP82, he said the PQ on XP50 appears to be softer than RP82. Could be a firmware setting...
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I have obtained the latest firmware version for RP82 - It's version 302.
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Relative newbie to the firmware upgrades for standalone players. Would the firmware updates of say, the RP82, apply to the RP62?
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The disc is only designed for RP82.

You can put it in a different unit but it doesn't seem to reject it but I wouldn't attempt the update.

I actually put the update disc on my RP56 as a test and then it asked if I wanted to update. I definately selected no since it will mess it up.

Hope this helps

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Hi guys have a question, does anyone know if the Panasonic DVD players can be modified to play SACD 5.1 format ? went and brought Pink Floyd The Dark Side of The Moon the other day but it only plays in 2 channel stereo any idea's ??
The player I am running is the SA-HT900 home theatre system

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