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post #3571 of 3979
What is the problem with Disney/Pixar animation blu-ray loading times on the S550?
For instance Up, Toy Story 1&2 take 6 minutes to load once the loading icons appear(Dog, Speak N Spell, etc.)
The loading times did not change with V.10 or V.20 update.
Anybody else experience the same?

It is a minor inconvenience compared to the incredible lossless analog audio the S550 produces.
But what the hey? Why is the S550 so slow to load these specific titles??
post #3572 of 3979
I watched UP the other night and it loaded in less than a minute.
post #3573 of 3979
Not sure how long it took but Up didn't take 6 min to load in my player and I'm still on factory FW.
post #3574 of 3979
well its been 6 months since the last firmware update? Does anyone know if sony is going to put out a new firmware? I still can't watch highlander season 1 on blu ray. I don't even care now..I rewatched all the seasons on DVD but I was courious.
post #3575 of 3979
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Originally Posted by Gor18 View Post

well its been 6 months since the last firmware update? Does anyone know if sony is going to put out a new firmware? I still can't watch highlander season 1 on blu ray. I don't even care now..I rewatched all the seasons on DVD but I was courious.

I was thinking We would have a 3 D upgrade by now?
post #3576 of 3979
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Originally Posted by G.B. View Post

I was thinking We would have a 3 D upgrade by now?

was anyone able to play avatar bd on s550?
post #3577 of 3979
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Originally Posted by csrini1 View Post

was anyone able to play avatar bd on s550?

Loaded quickly and played back just fine on my S550. Reference-quality Blu-ray disc, by the way.
post #3578 of 3979
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Originally Posted by SteveRS View Post

What is the problem with Disney/Pixar animation blu-ray loading times on the S550?
For instance Up, Toy Story 1&2 take 6 minutes to load once the loading icons appear(Dog, Speak N Spell, etc.)
The loading times did not change with V.10 or V.20 update.
Anybody else experience the same?

It is a minor inconvenience compared to the incredible lossless analog audio the S550 produces.
But what the hey? Why is the S550 so slow to load these specific titles??

My load times were nothing like this with Toy Story 2. Haven't tried Toy Story 1 yet. Is your player connected to the Internet?
post #3579 of 3979
[quote=SteveRS;18438647]What is the problem with Disney/Pixar animation blu-ray loading times on the S550?
For instance Up, Toy Story 1&2 take 6 minutes to load once the loading icons appear(Dog, Speak N Spell, etc.)
The loading times did not change with V.10 or V.20 update.
Anybody else experience the same?
QUOTE]

I am on the 2nd FW upgrade. Both Toy Story's loaded and played pretty quickly. This player has been amazing for 16 months plus. It only tripped up on 3 faulty NetFlix disks which the 3 replacements sent played fine. Not 1 disk purchased has failed and my library is around 150 plus in Bluray...Love this machine....

If I understand all that I read and know; 3D will require a new bluray player. I dont think FW will add that ability. HD has enough depth of picture for me so until 3D is hd in rez and color palette, sharp and more aggressive...I dont care for stepping back...wearing stupid glasses to watch fuzzier dvd rez picture, dimmer and in a more muted coloe... I'll be buying Avatar in blu after work tonight....

peace
post #3580 of 3979
I've had the BDP-S550 for about a year now. I'm using the original firmware with BD-live turned off. Most if not all BluRay movies I view are purchased by me. And I've yet to have a disk not play or glitch out on me. Avatar loaded up and play just fine also.

As far as 3D goes. I have not interest at this time of upgrading my TV, player or buying 3D glasses just to watch a handful of mediocre titles. Or, hoping the some phony 3D upconversion justifies a waste of money. I think this 3D craze if you want to call it that. Is just another marketing trick by studios and manufactures to pull money out of simple minded consumers. 3D has been done with computer gaming for a very long time. And the only thing that was required was a capable monitor, quality video card and software. This isn't a new idea.
post #3581 of 3979
Okay, bought it, loaded it, watched all of it, not a glitch... I run only the 2nd FW update, bdlive is on, and....this is theee very best bluray picture of them all.

2nd cool thing, which is a 1st at least for me in bluray: on the 2nd viewing we stopped 1/2 way through, removed the disk, put the disk back in 2 days later....and the disk asked me if I wanted to start from where I had stopped....wow, we have come so far! LOL

Love this player, love this movie, love my monitor....3D...well that remains to be "seen"
post #3582 of 3979
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Originally Posted by RMcR View Post

My load times were nothing like this with Toy Story 2. Haven't tried Toy Story 1 yet. Is your player connected to the Internet?

I just came back to post that I disabled BD Live in the setup menu and TS2 Mr. Spell loads in 20 seconds instead of 6 minutes. Took me long enough to figure it out on my own

Saw your post RMcR. You sir have the answer!

And Avatar loads fine.
post #3583 of 3979
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Originally Posted by SteveRS View Post

I just came back to post that I disabled BD Live in the setup menu and TS2 Mr. Spell loads in 20 seconds instead of 6 minutes. Took me long enough to figure it out on my own

Saw your post RMcR. You sir have the answer!

And Avatar loads fine.

Glad that worked. I can't remember where, but I read something about some new Blu-ray discs that spend a frustratingly long time upfront communicating with the BD Live network. Most of what's offered via BD Live seems pretty gimmicky to me. I mean, really, who wants to "chat" with other fans while watching a movie? And am I really that hard up for self-expression that I want to "share" my favorite scenes with other folks out there in BD Live land?

It's a boon for marketing gurus, no doubt, but for us the viewers? Meh.
post #3584 of 3979
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Originally Posted by RMcR View Post

Glad that worked. I can't remember where, but I read something about some new Blu-ray discs that spend a frustratingly long time upfront communicating with the BD Live network. Most of what's offered via BD Live seems pretty gimmicky to me. I mean, really, who wants to "chat" with other fans while watching a movie? And am I really that hard up for self-expression that I want to "share" my favorite scenes with other folks out there in BD Live land?

It's a boon for marketing gurus, no doubt, but for us the viewers? Meh.

I agree with the BD Live function. Some might find it very useful, but I don't have the time. At least the S550 has a very extensive menu that should please most everyone. Glad I explored the menu for a solution as I was just about to grab an Oppio. Saved some money there.
post #3585 of 3979
I purchased my Sony BDP-S550 over a year ago and have had great success with it. I purchased a new Concert (various artists) Blu Ray disc and was excited to watch it to no avail. I am guessing I need to upgrade the firmware. Do I use the internet port on it and connect it to the computer to do so? Also, which site should I go to in order to find the upgrades? Thank you in advance, and I hope to be able to watch this new disc asap.

Tim
post #3586 of 3979
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Originally Posted by 1AVFAN View Post

I purchased my Sony BDP-S550 over a year ago and have had great success with it. I purchased a new Concert (various artists) Blu Ray disc and was excited to watch it to no avail. I am guessing I need to upgrade the firmware. Do I use the internet port on it and connect it to the computer to do so? Also, which site should I go to in order to find the upgrades? Thank you in advance, and I hope to be able to watch this new disc asap.

Tim

You can download the firmware from here, run the .exe to extract the .iso file, then burn the .iso to cd, then insert the cd into the S550...

or

you can attach your S550 LAN port to a spare switch port, set the S550 to use DHCP, test the connection, and if all ok run the network update option.

More specific steps will be in the link above.
post #3587 of 3979
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Originally Posted by RCOVJR View Post

I just downloaded the last update 7.4 and after it said "finish", I turned the player on and it just keep flashing wait for well over 5 mins. I unplugged the unit and tried it again and still it flashes "wait." Can anyone help, I searched the treads and didn't see this issue come up.

I currently have version 7.2.020, and it tells me I have the latest. When I go to the support site, that's the same version. Is 7.4 a version for a different region perhaps? Just curious if I'm missing some new features because I can't find the 'later' firmware
post #3588 of 3979
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Originally Posted by 1AVFAN View Post

I purchased my Sony BDP-S550 over a year ago and have had great success with it. I purchased a new Concert (various artists) Blu Ray disc and was excited to watch it to no avail. I am guessing I need to upgrade the firmware. Do I use the internet port on it and connect it to the computer to do so? Also, which site should I go to in order to find the upgrades? Thank you in advance, and I hope to be able to watch this new disc asap.

Tim

What disc are you trying to play? Where did it come from? Is it Region A or unlocked? NTSC? Do you get some sort of error message or does it refuse to even read the disc at all?
post #3589 of 3979
I've had the BDP550 for over a year now as well, and it's pretty much been flawless. Plus lossless analog simply ROCKS!!!!
post #3590 of 3979
Hello,

Just playing around with my BDP-S550 and i'm not sure if it is upconverting or not. Regualer DVD's look poor, I can't seem to find any answers and the manual doesn't say much unless i'm misunderstanding it. TV is Samsung UN40B600, reciever is Pioneer 1018. Any tips?

Are there certain settings in the BD player and reciever?
post #3591 of 3979
I had been wanting to add the BDP-S550 to a wireless system for some time; I was told that the Netgear WG602 access point would work with it on another site. But I can't get this thing to recognize the wireless system at all; it only works when plugged in to a computer and that sort of defeats the whole point of the system. Do these not in fact work with the BDP-S550? It would be communicating with a cable modem and router. Why did Sony make this thing so impossible instead of just sticking on a USB plug for a network jack?
post #3592 of 3979
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Originally Posted by DRC72 View Post

I've had the BDP550 for over a year now as well, and it's pretty much been flawless. Plus lossless analog simply ROCKS!!!!

The fact you can't switch from lossless to commentary without going back to Setup and restarting the loading process utterly stinks though. Crappy design.
post #3593 of 3979
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Originally Posted by Mark Zimmer View Post

I had been wanting to add the BDP-S550 to a wireless system for some time; I was told that the Netgear WG602 access point would work with it on another site. But I can't get this thing to recognize the wireless system at all; it only works when plugged in to a computer and that sort of defeats the whole point of the system. Do these not in fact work with the BDP-S550? It would be communicating with a cable modem and router. Why did Sony make this thing so impossible instead of just sticking on a USB plug for a network jack?

I have a Linksys wireless router wrt54gs in my living room and a Trendnet tew 430apb wireless access point in my bed room with my BDP S550. The DVD player plugs into the access point with an ethernet cable and communicates perfectly with the router in the other room.I assume this is the arrangement you want? The most difficult thing to set up is the Trendnet access point because it has to have a unique IP address and must use my network password and security settings similar to the Linksys.The DVD player is set to use DHCP and gets an IP from the Trendnet.You may have to reboot both the access point and the router to get it set up. Also you may have check a setting in the access point's setup page to made it a access point rather than a router.
post #3594 of 3979
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Originally Posted by Mark Zimmer View Post

I had been wanting to add the BDP-S550 to a wireless system for some time; I was told that the Netgear WG602 access point would work with it on another site. But I can't get this thing to recognize the wireless system at all; it only works when plugged in to a computer and that sort of defeats the whole point of the system. Do these not in fact work with the BDP-S550? It would be communicating with a cable modem and router. Why did Sony make this thing so impossible instead of just sticking on a USB plug for a network jack?

I have a ZyXEL NBG-419N wireless router set up in "Bridge" mode with my BDP-S550 blu-ray player, Toshiba HD-A35 HD-DVD player & Yamaha RX-V3900 plugged into it. The "Bridge" communicates with my Linksys wireless router in a different room just fine. I expect the trick is setting up the "Bridge" via your computer - then telling your BDP-S550 how to access it. After connecting my S550 to the bridge via ethernet cable, I leave my S550 in "Use DHCP" - and "DNS Server Auto Acquisition - On" mode. Then click "Network Diagnostic Check" to force it to connect. Sometimes it takes a couple of times to get the "Network Corrections Are Correct" message - but then you are good to go.
post #3595 of 3979
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Originally Posted by DRC72 View Post

I've had the BDP550 for over a year now as well, and it's pretty much been flawless. Plus lossless analog simply ROCKS!!!!

I agree 100%
post #3596 of 3979
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Originally Posted by Rich86 View Post

I have a ZyXEL NBG-419N wireless router set up in "Bridge" mode with my BDP-S550 blu-ray player, Toshiba HD-A35 HD-DVD player & Yamaha RX-V3900 plugged into it. The "Bridge" communicates with my Linksys wireless router in a different room just fine. I expect the trick is setting up the "Bridge" via your computer - then telling your BDP-S550 how to access it. After connecting my S550 to the bridge via ethernet cable, I leave my S550 in "Use DHCP" - and "DNS Server Auto Acquisition - On" mode. Then click "Network Diagnostic Check" to force it to connect. Sometimes it takes a couple of times to get the "Network Corrections Are Correct" message - but then you are good to go.

Yeah, it's maddening. The instructions are totally cryptic, and the tech support people keep thinking that I have a whole series of these things and I don't. I just want it to talk to the router.
post #3597 of 3979
Has anyone had problems watching avatar. As in, it wont load at all? Maybe i got a bad disc from netflicks...i dont know. First it said it couldnt read the disc. I took it out and cleaned it..now it just loads up to a black screen of nothing. I have version 020 (07.4.020) which came out on Oct 22 2009. Is there a newer firmware somewhere? I still can't watch the first season of highlander. Sony never fixed that issue and I called and b$%^&ed to them in Dec or January about that one.
post #3598 of 3979
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Originally Posted by Gor18 View Post

Has anyone had problems watching avatar. As in, it wont load at all? Maybe i got a bad disc from netflicks...i dont know. First it said it couldnt read the disc. I took it out and cleaned it..now it just loads up to a black screen of nothing. I have version 020 (07.4.020) which came out on Oct 22 2009. Is there a newer firmware somewhere? I still can't watch the first season of highlander. Sony never fixed that issue and I called and b$%^&ed to them in Dec or January about that one.

Avatar played perfectly in my S550 . . . firmware 20.
post #3599 of 3979
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Originally Posted by Rich86 View Post

Avatar played perfectly in my S550 . . . firmware 20.

Yep scratch that. I popped in Crazy heart and it was acting up to. So I grabbed a can of conpressed air and blew some dust out of the tray and off the back fan and now it works. Moral of the story....everything works better after a good blow job. Now if I could get highlander to work...then i could say my 550 has never let me down. Although i know The Highlander season 1 is not a dust issue because the last disc will work out of 4 discs.
post #3600 of 3979
I'm a newbie here and wanna thank everybody for all the great tips and trics.

I bought the S550 a week ago after reading a lot of reviews and wanting to have HD-audio on my non-HDMI reciever. I have to say I'm really pleased with the image and sound quality of the player.

Some might call me crazy, but I've just finished reading all 120 pages of this topic and it really helped me a lot. It was worth the 2 weeks of reading.

I not only found solutions to the problemes I had at first but also learned a lot more on issues that didn't even came to my mind.

For all the new guys here, take the time to read everything and you'll be rewarded with not only a fix of your current problem but also loads more tweakingtips to even get more out of your S550 then you could ever have imagined.
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