My BDP-93 is having lots of issues trying to play certain Blu-Ray disks, and I wondered if anyone else out there is having similar issues. (I installed the BDP9x-38-0126 firmware from last week, but I was having these issues prior to installing it.)
The problem is that the player will sometimes play, and sometimes not play, certain blu-ray disks. All of the disks seem to be clean and scratch free, as far as I can tell. The player's behavior seems too random for it to be explained by smudges or scratches on the disks. I say that because the machine hangs up and becomes "brain dead" after failing to load certain disks, and thereafter cannot play any disk until I erase Persistent storage (which I knew had been a possible issue in the past), then turn the machine off and on again (sometimes also unplugging the unit and plugging it back in). But even this doesn't correct all of the issues.
To take one example, the machine has successfully played my copy of Kino's "The General" blu-ray for several weeks, but last week it suddenly refused to play the disk. When I tried to load it, I saw the rotating blue and white icon at the top left. Right after that, the screen went black and I saw a flash of white snow across the top horizontal quarter of the screen (this happens nearly every time a disk fails to load). Then I heard the machine's motor hunting, audibly cycling up and down in RPMs every second or so, for quite a long time, until it finally just stopped. I examined the disk, and it seemed completely clean and scratch and smudge free, as far as I could tell. Still, I cleaned it four times, but could not get it to load. Then, just to make things more mysterious, I loaded the disk in the machine today, and it played (!) I can't figure it out. (I'm keeping it in pause till tonight, when I plan to show it to some friends, since I can't afford to have it fail as it did when I wanted to show it last week).
I recently tried to play the blu-ray of Season II, Disk II of Rome, which I rented from Netflix. It came up as an "Unknown Disk." I tried cleaning the disk (which looked brand new), and that didn't help. I sent it back to Netflix, got another copy (which looked brand new and was smudge and scratch free), and it wouldn't play either. After trying to play this second copy, I tried playing the blu-ray of Hitchcock's Psycho just to see if the machine was working properly. It wouldn't load, saying "Unknown Disk" -- even though I had just played it the night before! I erased "Persistent Storage", turned off the machine, unplugged it, plugged it in again, turned it on, and now Psycho did load. I next tried to play the Rome disk, but still no luck. The machine was back in its "brain-dead' mode, and wouldn't play anything. I repeated the process outlined above, and then it again loaded Psycho correctly. The Netflix Rome Season II, Disk III disk also did not play, but the Rome Season II Disk 4 did. Both disks look completely clean and scratch-free. I've had hit-or-miss success with the Netflix blu-ray rentals. I was able to play a copy of "The Ghost Writer" with no problems, as well as "It's Complicated".
My blu-ray copy of Scott Pilgrim has played flawlessly for several weeks, but now for some reason, it won't play, even after several careful cleanings.
(I've also emailed Oppo support about this).