So out of the blue my Oppo has started freezing while playing back video of any kind. Blu-Ray discs will play for a few seconds, then pause, then typically resume playing. MKV files both over the network and on a USB stick will play for a few seconds, then pause and then resume playing. Same with Netflix titles. They'll play, freeze then resume. The menu and remote also seem very sluggish. Thinking that maybe updating the firmware to the latest would solve the problem, I updated, still having issues. So I tried resetting to factory defaults, unplugging the unit for a few minutes and trying again (leaving all settings to default this time). Still freezes up.
So now I'm thinking my unit is totally crapping out and I'm going to have to contact Oppo, but was wondering if there is anything else that could be causing the problem.
In terms of things YOU can fix, about the only possibility is that your HDMI connections have gone flaky. Perhaps a plug has shifted in its socket? If you have changed ANYTHING recently, anywhere in the HDMI path (end to end), then that change should be suspect.
If you don't spot an obvious problem with any of the HDMI connections (and you haven't changed anything), then simplify your setup to test whether the player still fails.
Disconnect everything from the player except for power and a single HDMI cable direct to your TV. Ideally this should be a new HDMI cable as it is possible one of your existing cables has, e.g., a bent pin. Disconnect EVERYTHING ELSE from that TV -- including any cable or satellite feed. It should just have its own power and the HDMI from the OPPO.
Now play a simple video -- try both a commercial (not copied) SD-DVD and a commercial Blu-ray. Set Deep Color OFF. Try 480p resolution, then 1080i, then 1080p.
If this simple setup WORKS, then there is something screwy in your normal setup. Perhaps one of your devices is putting unusual voltage on the HDMI. Perhaps a USB device expecting to get its power from the OPPO is drawing too much power.
By the way, there's an additional step you can take when forcing a complete reset of the 93:
1) Remove any disc. Jot down your settings.
2) In Setup, Erase Persistent Storage, then Reset Factory defaults.
3) When that finishes power down the player.
4) Unplug the power cord.
5) Also unplug everything else from the player -- HDMI in particular.
6) While the player remains unplugged, press and hold the power button ON THE FRONT PANEL for about 10 seconds. This is the extra step -- it discharges any power retained in the player.
7) Release the power button, re-attach HDMI, plug the player back in and power up.
8) Re-enter your personal settings.
9) Power down one more time. Settings are saved during the power down cycle.