Originally Posted by jleholeho
I don´t think non-playback of .flac files out of USB stick is kind of a big deal for me since I have all the .flac files stored in computer anyway and I can easily stream them via DLNA to either BDP-440 or better yet straight to my VSX-1121...also, DVD-multiregion is a matter of the hack remote I said about before, easily available for up to 10 GBP on eBay...
if the FW version you are referring to is really that good, where can we get it? and better yet, is it possible to downgrade to original Pio FW version, just in case?
All info on how to obtain and activate the chinese hacked firmware is in this thread. Read earlier messages.
Someone in China has managed to hack the firmware adding all sorts of neat features, and they keep updating it with new versions. They are selling it for money, and it doesn't look like they are interested in selling it to people outside China. When you install the firmware the added functions only work for a few days, then the firmware needs to be activated/fully unlocked with an activation code. This code is unique for each player, as it's based on the players serial and mac address. Thus it's not possible to simply extract the firmware from an activated player and flash this onto another player.
Someone in Russia has managed to crack the activation and generated a keygen. They have so far been handing out free codes to people asking for it. However in an effort to prevent the chinese from noticing (and thus changing the activation codes in future firmware updates) they are trying to keep this "in the family". In order to obtain an activation code you will have to register at their russian language forum and PM a specific user there with your players serial/mac address. Then hope that he will send you a working code. I'm not sure they really want this info spread everywhere, so I won't repeat the url/username. Just read earlier messages in this thread.
I used an onlne translator to register with the forum. I sent a PM to the specific user (in english) with my players serial/mac address kindly requesting a code, and recieved a working code 10 minutes later
Well worth the trouble.
If you install the chinese firmware and doesn't like it, you can easily downgrade to Pioneer's official firmware at any time. In fact you can flash back and forth between all the different firmware from all regions available as you please. The BDP-440 will not reject older firmware, or firmware from other regions.