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post #301 of 436
Well, I've tried loading the YKF9930A file using a Maxell CD-R, but to no avail....the player simply reads "cannot play disc". Go figure. I used NERO 10 to burn bin onto CD-R.
post #302 of 436
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Originally Posted by Allen111 View Post

Well, I've tried loading the YKF9930A file using a Maxell CD-R, but to no avail....the player simply reads "cannot play disc". Go figure. I used NERO 10 to burn bin onto CD-R.


hi allen, try changing the "YKF9930A" to "YKB9930A" (change the F to a B) and see if that works.


e d o:

at least as far as avi's are concerned, the component connection is worse than the hdmi connection (the hdmi produces a better picture)... the problem is the hdmi connection also produces a darker picture (the component is nice and bright in comparison). it's a drag. on top of that, depending on which (manufacturer) hdmi cable you buy the pic can vary quite a bit... but all of them produce a darker pic than the component connections. (you can brighten it a bit by changing the pioneer's gamma setting to -3)
post #303 of 436
[quote=tickin;18937043]hi allen, try changing the "YKF9930A" to "YKB9930A" (change the F to a B) and see if that works. QUOTE]


Tried that as well, no dice. And I know I did'nt download the file wrong because I verified the file that was downloaded to the CD-R correctly. I followed Hkan's instructions word per word.

Here's my guess..the new batch of 420's (mine was manufactured in June,2010) won't allow upgrades, PERIOD !
post #304 of 436
Check what firmware version you have on it now:
HOME MENU,INITIAL SETTINGS,go to OPTIONS (dont enter the submenu),press "DISPLAY" on the Remote Control.

Also use a CD-RW when you do the update disc.
Label of the disc must be PIONEER <-- in CAPITAL letters, also the file name must be in CAPITAL letters even the BIN has to be in CAPITAL letters.
post #305 of 436
Thinking of buying the DV-420V for my standard def CRT. I read this whole thread.

1)) Does the DV-420V have a zoom feature? How many steps and what magnification?

2)) Can the DV-420V zoom in on a 16:9 DVD and display the picture full screen on a 4:3 set? If so, will the zoom also work while watching a DivX movie from an external HDD connected via the USB 2.0? I can't find this info anywhere, including Hkan's excellent site.

3)) Will the DV-420V play DivX files longer then 1GB, 2GB, 4GB from an external HDD connected via the USB 2.0?

4)) Will the DV-420V play DVD-Video VOB files from an external HDD connected via the USB 2.0? Any file size limits?

5)) Does the resume-play feature work with DivX files on an external HDD?

5)) Anyone have experience with both the Pioneer DV-420V and the Philips DVP-5990? How do the two compare.

Thank you!
post #306 of 436
I want to retract the statement I made about the mediocre upconversion performance of the 420. I followed the settings instruction of one of the posters here, and I thought the image looked really good watching a commercially pressed standard dvd. I'm sure settings will vary depending on your tv and it's settings, but basically, while using hdmi connected from the 420 directly to the Panasonic TC-26LX85, which is small enough to mask most flaws anyone with a larger screen would see:

resolution 1280x720
sharpness- fine
brightness- -2
contrast- 15
gamma- -1
hue greem 1
chroma level +9

I tried setting the resolution to 1080p and got a blank screen, so I set it back down to 720. There are so many variables involved in tweaking an image, it's not possible to state these are definitive values, but they're working for me, and I'll probably play with them again to see if I could get a better result with slightly different settings.
post #307 of 436
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Originally Posted by Hkan View Post

Check what firmware version you have on it now:
HOME MENU,INITIAL SETTINGS,go to OPTIONS (dont enter the submenu),press "DISPLAY" on the Remote Control.

Also use a CD-RW when you do the update disc.
Label of the disc must be PIONEER <-- in CAPITAL letters, also the file name must be in CAPITAL letters even the BIN has to be in CAPITAL letters.


Update....I downloaded the YKF9930A bin with SUCCESS (using a Verbatim CD-RW -thanks Hkan for the tip) The difference was I changed the "F" to a "B" and used a CD-RW instead of a CD-R. .....go figure !!! However, I'm not certain it is fully multi-regional since it reads "Region 1".

Here's what my newly installed firmware exactly reads :

Region : 1 Rom Version YKF9930A StM V2.2 (2010-06-08)

I tried to press "ENTER" until player turns off, but no change. It still reads "Region 1". How do I make it read "Region 0" or "Multi-Region" ?Please Help. Thanks.
post #308 of 436
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Originally Posted by Allen111 View Post

Update....I downloaded the YKF9930A bin with SUCCESS ! However, I'm not certain it is fully multi-regional since it reads "Region 1".

Here's what my newly installed firmware exactly reads :

Region : 1 Rom Version YKF9930A StM V2.2 (2010-06-08)

I tried to press "ENTER" until player turns off, but no change. It still reads "Region 1". How do I make it read "Region 0" or "Multi-Region" ?Please Help. Thanks.

Have you tried to play a DVD to test it out? Mine is Region 1 however it plays Chinese DVDs.
post #309 of 436
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Originally Posted by dougeee View Post

I want to retract the statement I made about the mediocre upconversion performance of the 420. I followed the settings instruction of one of the posters here, and I thought the image looked really good watching a commercially pressed standard dvd. I'm sure settings will vary depending on your tv and it's settings, but basically, while using hdmi connected from the 420 directly to the Panasonic TC-26LX85, which is small enough to mask most flaws anyone with a larger screen would see:

resolution 1280x720
sharpness- fine
brightness- -2
contrast- 15
gamma- -1
hue greem 1
chroma level +9

I tried setting the resolution to 1080p and got a blank screen, so I set it back down to 720. There are so many variables involved in tweaking an image, it's not possible to state these are definitive values, but they're working for me, and I'll probably play with them again to see if I could get a better result with slightly different settings.

All the settings except for resolution should be made on your display using a calibration disc.

larry
post #310 of 436
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Originally Posted by csun213 View Post

Have you tried to play a DVD to test it out? Mine is Region 1 however it plays Chinese DVDs.


The whole point is I want the code to read "Region 0" or "Multi-Region" so I know it can play all types of DVD's (including UK DVD's --Region 2). BTW, Most Chinese DVD's are Region 1 so that would be irrelevant.
post #311 of 436
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Originally Posted by Allen111 View Post

I tried to press "ENTER" until player turns off, but no change. It still reads "Region 1". How do I make it read "Region 0" or "Multi-Region" ?Please Help. Thanks.

The player will still display region 1, even when you've installed Hkan's firmware. The only way to find out if you were successful is to acquire a disc that is not region 1 or region 0 and see if it plays in your Pioneer.
post #312 of 436
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Originally Posted by em-t-wallitt View Post

The player will still display region 1, even when you've installed Hkan's firmware. The only way to find out if you were successful is to acquire a disc that is not region 1 or region 0 and see if it plays in your Pioneer.


Regardless, Hkan should have encoded a "Region 0" or "Multi-Region" on the code info display to let the end user know that the machine is now truly Region 0 and can play all DVD's. I'd like to hear back from Hkan on this issue when he's back online.
post #313 of 436
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Originally Posted by Allen111 View Post

Regardless, Hkan should have encoded a "Region 0" or "Multi-Region" on the code info display to let the end user know that the machine is now truly Region 0 and can play all DVD's. I'd like to hear back from Hkan on this issue when he's back online.

Is this so principal what is displayed when you are looking at firmware version?
Filebrowser codepage also can be displayed. and something more....

Hkan did many useful changes - but by my opinion - hi lost interest for ANY firmware modifications.

Why? Read 1 - 2 prev pages on this topic

P.S. Sorry for my bad english
post #314 of 436
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Originally Posted by Ace Of Snakes View Post

Is this so principal what is displayed when you are looking at firmware version?
Filebrowser codepage also can be displayed. and something more....

Hkan did many useful changes - but by my opinion - hi lost interest for ANY firmware modifications.

Why? Read 1 - 2 prev pages on this topic

P.S. Sorry for my bad english



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post #315 of 436
Quote:
Originally Posted by Allen111 View Post

The whole point is I want the code to read "Region 0" or "Multi-Region" so I know it can play all types of DVD's (including UK DVD's --Region 2). BTW, Most Chinese DVD's are Region 1 so that would be irrelevant.

If you loaded the "modified" firmware, it does not work with the Pioneer original FW, and did follow the intructions for how to make it multiregional, Press ENTER till the player turn it self off (Enter button on the remote control to be used), if it now turned off while you do press enter it will be multiregional when you restart the player again.
It will remain so even if you install another firmware!
Quote:
Originally Posted by em-t-wallitt View Post

The player will still display region 1, even when you've installed Hkan's firmware. The only way to find out if you were successful is to acquire a disc that is not region 1 or region 0 and see if it plays in your Pioneer.

The point with doing the unit multiregional is that you do have discs from other regions! If you dont have any, then this 'trick' is useless for you as it do not have any other function!
As for showing the region info, well most people dont look at this anyway they just want to be able to play there discs from other regions regardless if it says Region 1, 2, 3 or what ever!
post #316 of 436
There are 2009 models and 2010 models of DV-420V series.
Since there is no interchangeability in parts, please confirm the serial number to identify 2010 models from 2009 models.
The numeric part in the serial number of DV-420V series 2010 models is starting with 5.

I dont know if the firmware for DV-420 year 2009 is working on the 2010 models. So for the moment dont use it on a 2010 model.
post #317 of 436
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Originally Posted by Hkan View Post

There are 2009 models and 2010 models of DV-420V series.
Since there is no interchangeability in parts, please confirm the serial number to identify 2010 models from 2009 models.
The numeric part in the serial number of DV-420V series 2010 models is starting with 5.

I dont know if the firmware for DV-420 year 2009 is working on the 2010 models. So for the moment dont use it on a 2010 model.

If my DV-420 is manufactured in Dec 2009, it is a 2009 or 2010?
post #318 of 436
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Originally Posted by csun213 View Post

If my DV-420 is manufactured in Dec 2009, it is a 2009 or 2010?

The numeric part in the serial number of DV-420V series 2010 models is starting with 5.
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post #319 of 436
Working on upgrading a 2010 manufactured 420 (June to be exact) and ultimately make it region free. Using Hkan's know-how and resources. So far a mixed bag of success and failure. Will troubleshoot a little more and then also after consulting with Hkan's, publish my results. It is region free but some other issues have presented itself. For now, FFF
post #320 of 436
I guess I was wrong in assuming that Pioneer would stop making these players now that they have formed a joint venture with Sharp. I'm thinking that the only reason Pioneer is rebadging Sharp Blu-ray players is because at the time, MediaTek didn't have an optical disc solution for Blu-ray. Now that they do, I'm hoping that Pioneer's future Blu-ray player lineups will use platforms based on the DV-420V, DV-610AV/49AV, and DV-800AV/LX50/58AV.

Regarding the firmware for the 2010 models: As Hkan posted, if your serial number starts with a "5," then your player has been manufactured in 2010. Before you load the firmware from Hkan's site, see if your player uses YKB9930A, YKF9930A, or something different. If it uses something different, you should either try to retrieve it so Hkan can upload it to his site, or see if Hkan can somehow get newer DV-420V firmware. I wonder if the DV-610AV is still being manufactured or not.
post #321 of 436
The firmware version of the June 2010 model is YLH0319A. And I have already tested Hkan's latest firmware update as I was going to send this unit back to Pioneer. It was cosmetically damaged in shipping. Will get a new (test) subject shortly.

As it is right now the unit does not close the disc tray on its own and tries to load a disc but ends up stating that "no disc" is present. The USB port plays almost anything I have thrown at it. Multiregion works. Any suggestions? Will do one more test/try before I send it back.
post #322 of 436
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Originally Posted by Finn Femfel View Post

The firmware version of the June 2010 model is YLH0319A. And I have already tested Hkan's latest firmware update as I was going to send this unit back to Pioneer. It was cosmetically damaged in shipping. Will get a new (test) subject shortly.

As it is right now the unit does not close the disc tray on its own and tries to load a disc but ends up stating that "no disc" is present. The USB port plays almost anything I have thrown at it. Multiregion works. Any suggestions? Will do one more test/try before I send it back.

Once you get the newer player, my only suggestion would be to retrieve YLH0319A so you can don't lose it, for it is a newer firmware. Hkan can help you with that if you ask him. Or else, maybe he can get it so you don't have to go inside your player. I'm only concerned that the 2010 firmware might have some cool features that weren't in the 2009 firmware and I wouldn't want you to lose them.
post #323 of 436
C.
I will get a new unit and be in touch with Hkan and see what can be done.
FFF.
post #324 of 436
The two differences between the DV-400V and DV-410V were the location of the USB port and the behavior of the gamma control. The 2009 DV-420V basicly added CD-to-USB , Kuro Link, and switchable OSD to the DV-410V. I'm sure if you brows the Initial Settings menus, submenus, and choices, you might find a difference between the 2009 DV-420V and the 2010 DV-420V. I'd love to know the difference.
post #325 of 436
Hi Guys,

I have moved from Israel to US and bought a 420v-k.
This is a 2010 model so unfortunately I am stacked with a player that cannot play any of my older DVD's.

Any developments in hacking the new firmware??
post #326 of 436
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Originally Posted by ofir.weber View Post

Hi Guys,

...........................

Any developments in hacking the new firmware??

No! Dont even have it!
post #327 of 436
Is there any way that I can pull the firmware from my DVD so you can "fix" it?

In case that nothing can be done, J&R.

Any recommendation on a similar model that can be easily hacked?

I was looking for a reasonable priced DVD with upscale to 1080p feature.
post #328 of 436
I should receive my 2nd test subject any day now. Pioneer in CA are moving a little slow. Hkan, we can be in touch if you are interested in obtaining/working on the latest firmware?
post #329 of 436
You can build a cable: http://www.pioneerfaq.info/english/d...on=Dead_Player

Or I can send one to you!


//HÃ¥kan
post #330 of 436
Hmm. Not sure that I have the time to start soldering/building a new cable. Will have to think about it.
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