Originally Posted by dvansowhat
Today I watched Pandorum on regular DVD and had an audio-video freeze of about 5secs. or so and then it resumed normaly. This could have been a layer change as it was about 20→30 mins. from the end. It is brand new and I don't remember my 5k doing this before except with DVD-R on fw1.3.
That's because you are watching inferior SD DVD on a great HDP and you are being punished for it
Besides that movie is currently running on one of the premium cable channels (can't remember if it is Starzz or HBO).
I actually had a day a few weeks ago when my son and I were watching Arrested Development (I think it was season 1, discs 2 and 3 and I think it was only with the original real DVDs checked out from the library that were in bad shape). Were getting freezes and skipping every few min. I ripped a couple and they played fine. Then the next day I watched the remaining episodes on the real DVDs and went back a little and things were fine. I think the auto laser, RPM selection etc. can get confused at times esp. with the red laser (which I think does HD as well? One laser stays red all the time and the blue goes back and fourth from red to blue so I'm not 100%.
sure which LED laster is responsible for DVD and CD?).
Just today I tried to play my in very bad shape Elizabeth the Golden Age dual sided HD on startup on my original main player and it choked badly on it. I turned it off and we went to lunch/dinner, came back and all was fine.
Been messing with loaders quite a bit these past couple weeks and I have learned that the Sammy combo drive has an automatic laser alignment mechanism, primarily for HD. If you try to play a slightly bad, dirty or scratched disc before a clean one or vise versa, sometimes things get funky. I think this process only happens at power up and works quite well with a decent loader with nothing in the drive. It must also perform it, if there is a disc in the drive, since that is how I used to always power up. My original player soldiers right through the scratch on Elizabeth with out a pause (most of the time). Two brand new loaders and the even more recent manufactured one on my spare unit, can play through the radial scratch, but most of the time skips many frames in the process. I have one loader (mothballed today) that won't even mount that disc and several other Universal titles. Esp. combos. But at times, mounts most of them and plays without issues.