Originally Posted by deano86
Apologize for the newb questions, but I finally picked up a supposed "mint" condition 83 off of Ebay. It is supposed to be region free, but come to find out from the buyer after the fact that it is region free via software and not the hardware mod. and thus I can NOT update the firmware. I get reassured by the seller that it will play any disc I throw in it though..... I get the player and it is full of what looks to be scented candlewax drippings on the top panel and on the face of the control panel! Nice! Then I figure I better test it with some newer titles.... Both the Dark Knight and Avatar spin forever and then show Unknown Disc errors. I then try a regular region 1 DVD and it shows Incorrect Region error. I am thinking that this player is messed up and needs to go back immediately.
Grounds for an immediate "item not as described" refund I think, unless the seller provided pictures to show you what it was like. Take photos of the candle wax condition to support the appearance side. Only problem is that you will probably be asked to send the item back before receiving a refund.
If the player has been used in an area with scented candles, cigarette smoke, incense etc, then the laser is probably coated with crud and that is likely why it won't play. The actual condition of the electronics might be fine but the laser assembly will likely need cleaning.
I wouldn't do anything that might open you to accusations of tampering and deliberate abuse if you intend to claim an ebay refund. If you think you might want to keep the item, perhaps raise a dispute immediately and negotiate a partial refund with the seller.
Personally, with the benefits of the newer Oppo 93 for $499 with new warranty, I wouldn't bother with an obviously abused Oppo 83 with its deficiencies for $300 (and that's from someone who bought a used Oppo 83 from ebay for $385 not that long ago but which is in mint condition and with hardware mod). It might be worthwhile keeping for $200.
If the player hasn't been firmware updated ever, I would try playing the oldest titles you have available: newer titles have updated DRM that may require the latest firmware in order to play.
I'm not aware of software region free patches for the Oppo 83, apart from super_disk which is only for DVD.Edited by IanD - 8/6/12 at 5:01pm