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post #121 of 436
Use a CD-RW, a DVD¨R/RW will not work.
Make sure that the CD-RW has the lable PIONEER <-- CAPITAL letters is a must.
Make sure that the file name also is in CAPITAL letters, even the BIN has to be in CAPITAL letters.
If your firmware is YKB9326C there is no need for renaming the firmware as it is already maatching the firmware name you want to use.
post #122 of 436
Thx a lot for the fast answer I'll try that tomorrow!
post #123 of 436
Hey,

I've had this player for a couple of months strictly playing dvds and a usb key. I recently bought and external case for an old 250gb drive and formatted to FAT32

When I hook up drive nothing happens. The display reads USB Data instead of "Mode". I've made sure that there are no more than 15 avi's per folder and each partition doesn't have more than 5 folders.

What could the problem be?
post #124 of 436
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Originally Posted by Chamoze View Post

I tryed to burn the YKB9326C.BIN on a cd or dvd
I also try to rename the YKB9326C.BIN to YKF9326C.BIN and burn it on a cd n dvd but its always say cant play the disc,

Im really clue less, if someone can help me. I try to put a normal cd audio and it work fine so my dvd is "working".

I think someone from Italy has a player that originally came with YKF9326C. In order to install Hkan's firmware on it, he had to change YKB to YKF. But his player should recognize YKB firmware files unless he decides to install YKF firmware on it again. Then he'd have to change YKF to YKB in order for the YKF firmware to load. However, being that YOUR player originally came with YKB, YOU don't have to rename anything.
post #125 of 436
I followed your instruction Hakan and now my dvd was able to recognize the cd/rw. The installation took like 1 min, and everything work like a charm, thx a lot!

Thanks again for you help and for this sweet firmware upgrade!
post #126 of 436
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Originally Posted by Unolord View Post

Hey,

I've had this player for a couple of months strictly playing dvds and a usb key. I recently bought and external case for an old 250gb drive and formatted to FAT32

When I hook up drive nothing happens. The display reads USB Data instead of "Mode". I've made sure that there are no more than 15 avi's per folder and each partition doesn't have more than 5 folders.

What could the problem be?

Unolord:

I'm not an expert by any sense but the fact that your hard drive is partitioned may be the issue. I've got my 1 TB external HD formatted to FAT32 as a whole, not partitioned and it works well. Good luck.
post #127 of 436
Removed the partitions. Formatted the drive. Nothing.

The light on the external case indicates a few seconds of activity when I turn the dvd player on but after that nothing happens. Pressing "Menu", "play" or "top menu" has no effect.

Nothing wrong with the avi's themselves as I've played them off of a dvd and they worked fine I just can't get the machine to recognize the external HDrive.

I'm stumped.

Wish Pioneer added NFTS support.
post #128 of 436
So the display on the player doesn't cycle through USB Menu, USB Data or GUI?
Did you try a different USB cable?
If the HD has a lot of stuff on it it may take awhile (2-3 minutes) to cycle through before the GUI comes up
The HD is formatted to FAT32, correct?
Is the HD powered by itself or is it powered through the USB interface?
I usually plug in my HD, attach the USB cable and then switch the HD on, let it go through it's motions (spinning/whirring/light flashing) and then turn on the DVD player. The HD will again go through it's motions and the display on the DVD player will cycle through and end in GUI.
Again, I'm not an expert by any sense...just sharing what it is that I do. Mine works perfectly now that I know it's limitations. Good luck.
post #129 of 436
The external case has a sep. power cable.

Def FAT32. I used the Maxtor software to format the drive. It's an old 250gb drive I had lying around but it works perfectly. No bad sectors/clusters. I'm currently using about 40GBs worth.

I can hook up the drive to both my laptop and desktop, which is how I put the avi's on it - which will play from a USB key and a dvd - so the cable is working. Not sure if the cables from my other external drives will work since they are diff. brands.

I normally turn on the HD, then the dvd player. It gets stuck on USB Data and nothing will work on the remote. I left it on for a good 20mins and nothing happened. When I use a 8gb USB key it cycles through DATA, MENU, GUI quickly.
post #130 of 436
BTW on my tv it just has "PIONEER" which is frozen in place and never moves. A reviewer on Amazon.com had a similar issue with a 1TB drive and ended up returning the unit and getting something else.
post #131 of 436
Well my 1TB Hard Drive with ~300GB worth of stuff on it loads up in less than a minute so it isn't the amount of stuff on it.
Just a thing to try. Try reformatting you HD with the following program. (Unfortunately you'll have to move the files to your computer before you reformat as it will delete whats on there.)
http://www.verbatim.com/downloads/SMDK_FAT32.zip

Follow this link which walks you through how to do it.
http://www.verbatim.com/downloads/format.cfm

I had grief getting my 1TB HD formatted properly until I found this program. It formats very quickly and will format the entire HD to FAT32 in one sector.

Also, what's the largest .avi file that you have on the HD?
post #132 of 436
Ok tried the Verbatim software and it worked! I used MS Disk Management and Maxtor's Software - it's a Maxtor drive - and it's the Verbatim formatting software that works.

Go figure....

Thanks Jam.
post #133 of 436
Im trying to find a good Pioneer std dvd player hows the 420s layer change,does it need a firmware upgrade? thanks
post #134 of 436
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Originally Posted by Unolord View Post

Ok tried the Verbatim software and it worked! I used MS Disk Management and Maxtor's Software - it's a Maxtor drive - and it's the Verbatim formatting software that works.

Go figure....

Thanks Jam.

Glad to hear it. Finicky stuff, eh?
post #135 of 436
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Originally Posted by dholmes54 View Post

Im trying to find a good Pioneer std dvd player hows the 420s layer change,does it need a firmware upgrade? thanks

I'm interested in this as well. I am looking for a spare DVD player to save my HD-DVD setup and I am bothered by less than split second layer changes. inquiring minds want to know.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #136 of 436
I demoed a DV-420V-K for about three weeks and ran a lot of DVDs through it. Never saw a single pause or hiccup of any kind. The layer changes must be very smooth and fast.
post #137 of 436
Well, now my player seems to be giving me grief playing anything through the USB input.
I've tried several different USB drives from 3 different 4GB jumpdrives to my 1TB hard drive which all worked yesterday but now will not. The display reads "USB Mode" and will not cycle through to the GUI on all of my USB devices. I reformatted the jumpdrives as well. The player plays DVD's without issue.
Could the USB input be broken? I haven't done anything different than I've always done. Is there a way to "reset" the player?
I need to know if I should just take the player back (it's still under warranty) or does anyone know any tricks to try?
Thanks.
post #138 of 436
To reset the player:
In OFF mode, press and hold the STOP button while you press STANDBY/ON button, it is the buttons on the player it self to be used!
post #139 of 436
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Originally Posted by Jeffredo View Post

I demoed a DV-420V-K for about three weeks and ran a lot of DVDs through it. Never saw a single pause or hiccup of any kind. The layer changes must be very smooth and fast.

Good to know. Thank you. What was the reason why you did not keep it, and what was your opinion regarding the upscaling of the player?

Regards,

RTROSE
post #140 of 436
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Originally Posted by RTROSE View Post

Good to know. Thank you. What was the reason why you did not keep it, and what was your opinion regarding the upscaling of the player?

Regards,

RTROSE

Well, its upscaling is average - nothing to write home about. Still, its fine and totally within the range of most other players in that price category. The main thing that bugged me about this player (and the Elite DV-49AV I tried after) is that the gamma is screwed up when you use an HDMI cable. Way too dark and colors have a bit of a yellowish cast. Even after setting the gamma a couple of notches down to correct it and calibrating the set with a color meter it still didn't look right to me. I tried a Toshiba XDE-600 and it was light night and day. The IQ was more correct (colors, gamma) and after calibration the set look great on those settings - even with broadcast channels. Couldn't say the same with either Pioneer's calibration settings. Once I went back to broadcast TV the colors looked off with their settings.

This is all based on using an HDMI cable. Hooked up component cables and the yellowish cast and screwed up gamma weren't there. Plus the Toshiba has issues with not displaying 4:3 aspect ration material without stretching (and the only way to fix that is to set the HDMI resolution to 480p - my set can't pillar box). There's always some problem with any player it seems! I will say this, the Pioneers had great audio quality - best I've seen in that price range.
post #141 of 436
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Originally Posted by Jeffredo View Post

Well, its upscaling is average - nothing to write home about. Still, its fine and totally within the range of most other players in that price category. The main thing that bugged me about this player (and the Elite DV-49AV I tried after) is that the gamma is screwed up when you use an HDMI cable. Way too dark and colors have a bit of a yellowish cast. Even after setting the gamma a couple of notches down to correct it and calibrating the set with a color meter it still didn't look right to me. I tried a Toshiba XDE-600 and it was light night and day. The IQ was more correct (colors, gamma) and after calibration the set look great on those settings - even with broadcast channels. Couldn't say the same with either Pioneer's calibration settings. Once I went back to broadcast TV the colors looked off with their settings.

This is all based on using an HDMI cable. Hooked up component cables and the yellowish cast and screwed up gamma weren't there. Plus the Toshiba has issues with not displaying 4:3 aspect ration material without stretching (and the only way to fix that is to set the HDMI resolution to 480p - my set can't pillar box). There's always some problem with any player it seems! I will say this, the Pioneers had great audio quality - best I've seen in that price range.

Thank you for your input. Do you have any experience with the 410? I think I can get a good deal on a 410 like less than $40 and thought that might also be an option.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #142 of 436
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Originally Posted by Jeffredo View Post

Well, its upscaling is average - nothing to write home about. Still, its fine and totally within the range of most other players in that price category. The main thing that bugged me about this player (and the Elite DV-49AV I tried after) is that the gamma is screwed up when you use an HDMI cable. Way too dark and colors have a bit of a yellowish cast. Even after setting the gamma a couple of notches down to correct it and calibrating the set with a color meter it still didn't look right to me. I tried a Toshiba XDE-600 and it was light night and day. The IQ was more correct (colors, gamma) and after calibration the set look great on those settings - even with broadcast channels. Couldn't say the same with either Pioneer's calibration settings. Once I went back to broadcast TV the colors looked off with their settings.

This is all based on using an HDMI cable. Hooked up component cables and the yellowish cast and screwed up gamma weren't there. Plus the Toshiba has issues with not displaying 4:3 aspect ration material without stretching (and the only way to fix that is to set the HDMI resolution to 480p - my set can't pillar box). There's always some problem with any player it seems! I will say this, the Pioneers had great audio quality - best I've seen in that price range.

If you have a DV-410V, DV-420V, DV-49AV, or DV-610AV, you should run Hakan's enhanced firmware on them, connect the player via Composite or Component, and experament with the player's brightness, contrast, and gamma controls in order to get the best video out of them. If you have to connect via HDMI, the best you can do is setting the player's contrast to +16 and gamma to -3. If the player's hardware is capable of gamma levels below -3 and above +3, it would be helpful for HDMI users if Hakan could increase the gamma range in future firmware mods.
post #143 of 436
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Originally Posted by RTROSE View Post

Thank you for your input. Do you have any experience with the 410? I think I can get a good deal on a 410 like less than $40 and thought that might also be an option.

Regards,

RTROSE

If you can get a 410 for less than $40 that would be a very good deal indeed! The 410 is identical to the 420 save for a USB port on the 420.
post #144 of 436
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Originally Posted by Jeffredo View Post

If you can get a 410 for less than $40 that would be a very good deal indeed! The 410 is identical to the 420 save for a USB port on the 420.

Are you saying that the 420 has two USB ports? Or are you saying that the 410 doesn't have USB at all?
post #145 of 436
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Originally Posted by Big C View Post

Are you saying that the 420 has two USB ports? Or are you saying that the 410 doesn't have USB at all?

My 420 only has one (front panel) USB input.
post #146 of 436
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Originally Posted by Big C View Post

Are you saying that the 420 has two USB ports? Or are you saying that the 410 doesn't have USB at all?

My bad Big C. It looks like the difference is CD to USB recording on the 420. They both have front USB ports.
post #147 of 436
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Originally Posted by Jeffredo View Post

My bad Big C. It looks like the difference is CD to USB recording on the 420. They both have front USB ports.

I think the 420 can also play WMVs. So guess what, guys. According to this PDF bulletin from Pioneer's home in Japan, Pioneer and Sharp finally launched their long-awaited/long-dreaded joint venture yesterday. So I wonder if (1) they'll release a non-Blu-ray player in 2010, and (2) if it will use a Pioneer design or a Sharp design. If it uses a Sharp design, then we should consider ourselves lucky we got our players when we did. If it uses a Pioneer design, then we'd have something to look forward to next year! As a result of the joint venture, I'll bet that Pioneer will no longer release firmware updates for their DVD players or their Blu-ray players. So it looks like Pioneer DVD and Blu-ray days might be coming to an end.
post #148 of 436
Anyone have problems with dvd menus (specifically for dvds and menus have been altered to eliminate certain "extras")? I've tried two of these and menus don't work correctly. Never had this problem on my old Pioneer, newer Panny recorder, or most recent Pioneer Blue-ray player.

I tried the firmware hack to see if it might fix the menu issues, but it didn't, so I reinstalled original firmware on page 2. Amazon said they'll take it back.

Any recommendations for a similar brand? I'm afraid the most recent standard Pioneer 400 series will have the same issue.
post #149 of 436
Hoping someone can help me with my Pioneer DV-410V DVD player. I'm trying to install a Xantech IR emitter on the front panel of the player but I can't find the IR receiver eye on the front of the player. I've gone back and forth across the front of the panel, but no joy. Anyone know exactly where it is?
post #150 of 436
Use a flashlight and light in to the display window and you will find it.
It's located to the far left in the display window.
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