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post #751 of 864
Let us know.
post #752 of 864
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Originally Posted by Splicer010 View Post

Let us know.

Well, after posting my previous message, I did a search here in AVS (HD DVD Software) and found two topics started by folks that couldn't get Meet The Parents to work on their HD DVD players. One guy had been through 3 copies and eventually got it to work.

I think there must be a problem with a batch of them. I've E-mailed the vendor through Amazon to ask about a replacement. I hope he's reasonable about it.

Mark
post #753 of 864
I don't remember if I have Meet the Parents. I don't think I do. I do have Meet the Fockers which plays perfectly.
post #754 of 864
Meet the Parents plays fine on my A35 - maybe I got the good batch.

Mike
post #755 of 864
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Originally Posted by Mike N Ike View Post

Meet the Parents plays fine on my A35 - maybe I got the good batch.

Mike

Though I don't own Parents/Fockers, the only time I've experienced any software-related playback issues with my A35 is with combo discs, specifically The Bourne Ultimatum and Superman Returns. I've replaced each twice already; then, recently, Bourne starting to freeze up yet again (gave up and went with the Blu-ray version instead).
post #756 of 864
I do have Meet the Parents. No problems.
post #757 of 864
Thank you! So, I guess there is hope if I get Meet The Parents replaced. Unfortunately, the Amazon merchant hasn't responded to my E-mail yet. So, I just wrote Amazon to ask them to intercede on my behalf. The disc was fulfilled by Amazon anyway, so I suspect they would be the ones to send it to me anyway.

Mark
post #758 of 864
Amazon is giving me a refund for the Meet The Parents HD DVD and even paying the postage to return it. I went ahead and ordered another copy on HD DVD. It's still being fulfilled by Amazon so I'll have it early next week (Amazon Prime). Cost me an extra 30 cents to do it that way (price went up since I purchased one in August) but I think I can live with that!

I considered just getting the Blu-ray version instead but discovered it's not available on Blu-ray yet.

Mark
post #759 of 864
From what I understand, the 4.0 firmware update for the A35 fixes the AVC jaggies issue. I'm still currently at 1.3?..can't remember which, it was the last version before the jaggie issue started. With that version, it was said that bitstreaming DD resulted in dropouts or something of that sort. Was this resolved with the 4.0 update also? I want to pack away the A35 and will go ahead and update before I do that if that is the case.
post #760 of 864
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Originally Posted by Brian81 View Post

From what I understand, the 4.0 firmware update for the A35 fixes the AVC jaggies issue. I'm still currently at 1.3?..can't remember which, it was the last version before the jaggie issue started. With that version, it was said that bitstreaming DD resulted in dropouts or something of that sort. Was this resolved with the 4.0 update also? I want to pack away the A35 and will go ahead and update before I do that if that is the case.

Upgrade to the 2.7 first, and see how you like it.

If I remember right, it was the v2.8 that introduced those jaggies. v2.7 also has the 24fps support, though it doesn't always auto detect on DVD's (which need 30 I think to sometimes look good, depending on the disc), so you may need to toggle it to "1080p" for DVD's, and back to "1080p24" for HD-DVD's.

The 4.0 has a slightly different video setup menu, where you can set the "highest supported" resolution to 1080p24, but set the fps to "Auto" and it work a little better at auto-detecting the proper framerate to use. The downside to 3.0 and 4.0 was that they caused some weird DVD playback issues such as stuttering audio in the menu, and sometimes in the movie as well. This issue only affects regular DVD's, HD-DVD's play fine in those versions.
post #761 of 864
In the menu of my A35, within maintenance>>>update....I see 4.0/2.0. Does my player have the most up-to-date firmware?
post #762 of 864
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Originally Posted by sbddvm View Post

In the menu of my A35, within maintenance>>>update....I see 4.0/2.0. Does my player have the most up-to-date firmware?

yes
post #763 of 864
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Originally Posted by sbddvm View Post

In the menu of my A35, within maintenance>>>update....I see 4.0/2.0. Does my player have the most up-to-date firmware?

I think its telling you it used to have 2.0 but now its up-to-date with 4.0
post #764 of 864
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Originally Posted by Super XP View Post

I think its telling you it used to have 2.0 but now its up-to-date with 4.0

No. It means that is the newest FW. Before the 4.0FW the second set of numbers remained the same from FW versions 1.3 all the way through 3.0.
post #765 of 864
It means the current firmware is 4.0 and the unit left the factory
with firmware 2.0
post #766 of 864
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Originally Posted by smithfarmer View Post

It means the current firmware is 4.0 and the unit left the factory
with firmware 2.0

Even though it didn't.
post #767 of 864
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Originally Posted by Splicer010 View Post

No. It means that is the newest FW. Before the 4.0FW the second set of numbers remained the same from FW versions 1.3 all the way through 3.0.

Yes. That's because the first set of numbers is the FW version of the player, while the second set of numbers is the FW version on the optical drive.
post #768 of 864
mine said 1.0/1.1 I believe. I Tried to update through ethernet but it didnt work. looks like ill have to burn a disk.
post #769 of 864
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Originally Posted by Splicer010 View Post

Even though it didn't.

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Originally Posted by CochiseGuy View Post

Yes. That's because the first set of numbers is the FW version of the player, while the second set of numbers is the FW version on the optical drive.

Interesting. Never read that anywhere. Anyone have a link?
post #770 of 864
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Originally Posted by Crawlinta View Post

mine said 1.0/1.1 I believe. I Tried to update through ethernet but it didnt work. looks like ill have to burn a disk.

Same version I have and I will not upgrade the firmware. Every firmware update it seems has one issue or another (not to mention if you "brick" the player, you're screwed).

I'm on to Blu-ray now but I have over 50 HD-DVD discs and other than those stupid combo discs, my player plays fine...no jaggies, no macroblocking...nothing.
post #771 of 864
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Originally Posted by Tspeer View Post

Upgrade to the 2.7 first, and see how you like it.

If I remember right, it was the v2.8 that introduced those jaggies. v2.7 also has the 24fps support, though it doesn't always auto detect on DVD's (which need 30 I think to sometimes look good, depending on the disc), so you may need to toggle it to "1080p" for DVD's, and back to "1080p24" for HD-DVD's.

The 4.0 has a slightly different video setup menu, where you can set the "highest supported" resolution to 1080p24, but set the fps to "Auto" and it work a little better at auto-detecting the proper framerate to use. The downside to 3.0 and 4.0 was that they caused some weird DVD playback issues such as stuttering audio in the menu, and sometimes in the movie as well. This issue only affects regular DVD's, HD-DVD's play fine in those versions.

I use my 35 to play DVD's and CD's. have never had any problem playing anything I throw at it including CD-R, DVD-R, CD-RW and DVD-RW. PQ is better on SD than my Panasonic BDP-30. Both have latest firmware.
post #772 of 864
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Originally Posted by robi1138 View Post

Same version I have and I will not upgrade the firmware. Every firmware update it seems has one issue or another (not to mention if you "brick" the player, you're screwed).

I'm on to Blu-ray now but I have over 50 HD-DVD discs and other than those stupid combo discs, my player plays fine...no jaggies, no macroblocking...nothing.

yea, i probably wont bother. it plays everything fine. my receiver was causing the delay, so i fixed that. no need to worry now!
post #773 of 864
i'm in the 'i haven't upgraded firmware' camp as some others. frankly i just realized there were firmware upgrades at all....is it safe to say that if i am not having any major problems i should leave the player alone or are there consistent benefits to upgrading to 4.0--i haven't heard of any from a brief read here. thanks.
post #774 of 864
Yeah, I'd go that route. I had some playback issues, especially with some combo discs, that the 4.0 upgrade fixed (Bourne Ultimatum killed me!!!), so that was worth it for me, but otherwise, I don't see any other benefits that apply to myself.

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Originally Posted by cohenfive View Post

i'm in the 'i haven't upgraded firmware' camp as some others. frankly i just realized there were firmware upgrades at all....is it safe to say that if i am not having any major problems i should leave the player alone or are there consistent benefits to upgrading to 4.0--i haven't heard of any from a brief read here. thanks.
post #775 of 864
One more time...The only time you will need the update is when you try to play a disc and it will not play. I use mine for everything but BluRay and have yet to encounter a problem. I have installed 4.0.
post #776 of 864
Any chance or is it even possible for a firmware upgrade to have some Internet functionality or DLNA capabilities. Meaning, can they upgrade the firmware on my HDA30 to actually allow Youtube and other Internet streaming services or network streaming from a local hard drive since my HDA30 has an ethernet port and would at least allow it to be a useful player in the household since everything is now Blu-ray?? I would love to see Toshiba do something like this for their loyal customers.
post #777 of 864
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Originally Posted by shawn3985 View Post

Any chance or is it even possible for a firmware upgrade to have some Internet functionality or DLNA capabilities. Meaning, can they upgrade the firmware on my HDA30 to actually allow Youtube and other Internet streaming services or network streaming from a local hard drive since my HDA30 has an ethernet port and would at least allow it to be a useful player in the household since everything is now Blu-ray?? I would love to see Toshiba do something like this for their loyal customers.

I think 4.0 was the last one. With Toshiba firmly going forward in the blu ray camp that is where they will have their resources focused.
I still love my a35 and have some good hd dvd's to watch for a long time to come.
post #778 of 864
I have just upgraded my processor the Integra DHC 80.1. I am getting all the new codecs {True HD and DTS MS} using my OPPO blu ray but on the Toshiba A30 I am only seeing PCM and not True HD or DTS MS on the Integra with the A30. I do have the audio settings in the A30 set to bitstream. What am I missing?
post #779 of 864
The A30 will only bitstream PCM. Only the A35, XA2, HD-805 and integra units will bitstream the codecs. You aren't missing anything as the A30 does the decoding internally.
post #780 of 864
Unlike my lg bd390 and Oppo 83, with the A30 the Integra 80.1 never reads dts ms or true hd??
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