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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
I am getting this Error Code 408bc509 on several HD DVD discs. How can I fix this

Geoallenbob
post #2 of 21
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Originally Posted by Geoallenbob View Post

I am getting this Error Code 408bc509 on several HD DVD discs. How can I fix this
Geoallenbob

Assuming your player has the last firmware installed, the player and disc are both clean & the player is properly ventilated, these are most likely defective or damaged discs that will need to be replaced.
post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
I have played several of these HD DVD movies before, the error message is showing up now.

Thanks,

Geoallenbob
post #4 of 21
Agreed, definitely a damaged disc. Even if you we're able to play it before somehow or other the disc do become damaged overtime if it was not properly manufactured initially.
post #5 of 21
What titles were they? Warner discs have been rotting. My A2 stops and displays this error message on these discs, while my A30 freezes and the time counter keeps going.
post #6 of 21
Tried my copy of I Am Legend tonight and it's not working anymore. Read it could be other WB HD-DVD's. Ended up watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory instead and it seems to be working OK so far.. Slightly different theme and style. Ah well.
post #7 of 21
and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory just crapped out as well.
post #8 of 21
I'm beginning to get a number of these errors on my HD DVD discs as well - I think it's time to either replace them outright, or rip them to a media server.
post #9 of 21
So I have 8 WB HD DVD's. Of them 5 crapped out. I wrote WB about I am Legend before I tested the rest. They said they'd send me a mailing label and give me my choice of DVD or Blu-Ray for replacement. It sounds like they're going to do that for all 5. None of my discs from other studios have quit working yet (that I know of), so perhaps other studios had theirs manufactured at a different plant and they'll be OK.

Not working:

I am Legend (won't play at all)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (crashes about halfway)
Troy(crashes about halfway)
Harry Potter 1 (crashes about halfway)
Harry Potter 2 (crashes about halfway)

I assume these are all dual layer discs and that whatever is between the first and second layer was a bad batch (and a large one at that). I am Legend is a combo disc so it's different in that regard.

Working:

Harry Potter 3,4,5 (combo disc)
post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by 8traxrule View Post

What titles were they? Warner discs have been rotting. My A2 stops and displays this error message on these discs, while my A30 freezes and the time counter keeps going.

My A2 does both on the same title in the same section. If you attempt to select a chapter that is in a bad area, it gives the error. If you're playing the movie prior to it getting to the bad section, it will sometimes give the error, other times it will freeze and the timer will keep going (this seems more common).
post #11 of 21
My Willie Wonka just died at the layer change with this code frown.gif
post #12 of 21
I was watching A Christmas Story, and this error code popped up mad.gif
post #13 of 21
They actually sent me the whole 8 movie set (the 8-disc version without special features discs) as replacement for Harry Potter. And they paid shipping both ways. Overall, really excellent customer service. Fast turnaround time, good communication, etc. Much faster than my updating of this thread.
post #14 of 21
Apparently there's only one person working in the "defective disc" department. I called (818) 964-6000 and was transferred to a lady. I got her answering machine so I left a message last week. I never received a call back so I called today and asked the receptionist if there was anyone else who could help me out. She said that lady is the only one handling defective discs and if I don't hear back from her by Wednesday I should call again.

I had e-mailed them as well, but haven't heard back. I guess I'll wait a bit more. They could be backlogged.

I have four more Warner HD-DVDs to test. 22 have played perfectly from beginning to end, 4 have crapped out with the 408bc509. Those four I've tested on three different players, all with the latest firmware. They all crap out at the same position so I assume they are the discs. I have pulled the receipts for all four defective discs in case they ask. They were bought from Amazon and Best Buy. I assume they are authorized dealers.

Hopefully I can get this all sorted out. However, I have 85 HD-DVDs. 30 is not even half. I started with the Warners because I heard they were the most prone. The others I'll test on an "as I watch" basis. I don't have enough free time to test 55 discs from beginning to end. :/
post #15 of 21
Lady just called. I'll be shipping four movies back once I get the pre-paid label. She wanted the receipts... not a problem for me... can't say for sure if she would have mentioned the receipts if I didn't bring them up.
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by Louisville S View Post

Apparently there's only one person working in the "defective disc" department. I called (818) 964-6000 and was transferred to a lady. I got her answering machine so I left a message last week. I never received a call back so I called today and asked the receptionist if there was anyone else who could help me out. She said that lady is the only one handling defective discs and if I don't hear back from her by Wednesday I should call again.

I had e-mailed them as well, but haven't heard back. I guess I'll wait a bit more. They could be backlogged.

I have four more Warner HD-DVDs to test. 22 have played perfectly from beginning to end, 4 have crapped out with the 408bc509. Those four I've tested on three different players, all with the latest firmware. They all crap out at the same position so I assume they are the discs. I have pulled the receipts for all four defective discs in case they ask. They were bought from Amazon and Best Buy. I assume they are authorized dealers.

Hopefully I can get this all sorted out. However, I have 85 HD-DVDs. 30 is not even half. I started with the Warners because I heard they were the most prone. The others I'll test on an "as I watch" basis. I don't have enough free time to test 55 discs from beginning to end. :/

It'd be interesting if you could note which 4 weren't working for you and which did work. Also, I wonder what they do with all those returned discs. Maybe they have an engineer in a lab somewhere that analyzes them to see what failed so they can improve the manufacturing process of future optical discs (blu ray, and whatever comes next). Perhaps they just go in the shredder.
post #17 of 21
All the HD-DVDs I own and when I bought them.
Code:
08/28/07        300 [DVD & HD-DVD Combo] 
08/28/07        Departed, The [DVD & HD-DVD Combo]  
08/28/07        Happy Feet [DVD & HD-DVD Combo]     
09/06/07        Serenity [HD-DVD]       
09/06/07        TMNT [DVD & HD-DVD Combo]   
09/16/07        Heroes: Season 1 [HD-DVD]
09/16/07        Planet Earth: The Complete Series [HD-DVD]
09/16/07        12 Monkeys [HD-DVD]     
09/16/07        Batman Begins [HD-DVD]  
09/16/07        Clerks II [HD-DVD]      
09/16/07        Dog Day Afternoon [HD-DVD]      
09/16/07        Inside Man [HD-DVD]     
09/16/07        Scent Of A Woman [HD-DVD]       
09/16/07        Sneakers [HD-DVD]       
09/16/07        Fast Times At Ridgemont High [DVD & HD-DVD Combo]   
09/16/07        Hot Fuzz [DVD & HD-DVD Combo]       
09/16/07        Mission Impossible III [HD-DVD] 
09/16/07        Shooter [HD-DVD]        
09/16/07        Transformers [HD-DVD]
09/16/07        Complete Matrix Trilogy, The [HD-DVD]   
09/16/07        Blade Runner: (5) Disc Ultimate Edition [HD-DVD]        
10/22/07        Aeon Flux [HD-DVD]      
10/22/07        Italian Job, The [HD-DVD]       
10/22/07        Trading Places [HD-DVD]
11/26/07        Christmas Story, A [HD-DVD]     
11/26/07        Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines [HD-DVD]     
11/26/07        2001: A Space Odyssey [HD-DVD]  
11/26/07        Clockwork Orange, A [HD-DVD]    
11/26/07        Full Metal Jacket [HD-DVD]      
11/26/07        Phantom Of The Opera, The [HD-DVD]      
11/26/07        Shining, The [HD-DVD]   
11/26/07        V For Vendetta [HD-DVD] 
11/26/07        National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation [HD-DVD]  
12/05/07        Blazing Saddles [HD-DVD]        
12/05/07        Casablanca [HD-DVD]     
12/05/07        Chronicles Of Riddick, The [HD-DVD]     
12/05/07        Lara Croft: Tomb Raider [HD-DVD]        
12/05/07        Perfect Storm, The [HD-DVD]     
12/11/07        National Lampoon's Animal House [HD-DVD]        
12/11/07        Superman Returns [HD-DVD]       
12/11/07        Casino [HD-DVD] 
12/12/07        Deer Hunter, The [HD-DVD]       
12/17/07        Bourne Ultimatum, The [DVD & HD-DVD Combo]  
12/17/07        Mr. Bean's Holiday [DVD & HD-DVD Combo]     
12/21/07        Bourne Identity, The [HD-DVD]   
12/26/07        Big Lebowski, The [HD-DVD]      
12/26/07        Field Of Dreams [HD-DVD]        
12/30/07        40-Year-Old Virgin, The [HD-DVD]        
12/30/07        Anchorman [HD-DVD]      
12/30/07        Constantine [HD-DVD]    
12/30/07        Forbidden Planet [HD-DVD]       
12/30/07        Frighteners, The [HD-DVD]       
12/30/07        Old School [HD-DVD]     
12/30/07        Shaun Of The Dead [HD-DVD]      
12/30/07        Tim Burton's Corpse Bride [HD-DVD]      
12/30/07        Timecop [HD-DVD]        
12/30/07        Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory [HD-DVD]        
09/07/08        2008 CES DTS [HD-DVD]   
02/03/08        Apollo 13 [HD-DVD]      
02/03/08        Thing, The [HD-DVD]     
02/12/08        Million Dollar Baby [HD-DVD]    
02/12/08        Pan's Labyrinth [HD-DVD]        
02/12/08        Troy: Director's Cut  [HD-DVD]  
03/04/08        Bourne Supremacy, The [HD-DVD]  
03/04/08        Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas [HD-DVD] 
03/04/08        Last Starfighter, The [HD-DVD]  
03/21/08        Sleepy Hollow [HD-DVD]  
03/21/08        Untouchables, The [HD-DVD]      
04/07/08        Adventures Of Robin Hood, The [HD-DVD]  
04/07/08        Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 Resurrection [HD-DVD]     
04/12/08        Graduate, The Dutch Import [HD-DVD]     
05/23/08        Accepted [HD-DVD]       
05/23/08        Breakfast Club, The [HD-DVD]    
05/23/08        King Kong [HD-DVD]      
05/24/08        Island, The UK Import [HD-DVD]  
06/04/08        Star Trek The Original Series [DVD & HD-DVD Combo]
06/24/08        Elephant Man, The French Import [HD-DVD]        
06/24/08        Fog, The French Import [HD-DVD] 
06/24/08        Mulholland Drive French Import [HD-DVD] 
07/21/08        Face/Off [HD-DVD]       
07/21/08        Stardust [HD-DVD]       
07/21/08        Zodiac [HD-DVD] 
01/06/09        Equilibrium Japanese Import [HD-DVD]


All the Warner HD-DVDs I tested:
Code:
08/28/07        300 [DVD & HD-DVD Combo]
08/28/07        Departed, The [DVD & HD-DVD Combo]  
08/28/07        Happy Feet [DVD & HD-DVD Combo]     
09/06/07        TMNT [DVD & HD-DVD Combo]
09/16/07        Batman Begins [HD-DVD]  
09/16/07        Dog Day Afternoon [HD-DVD]
09/16/07        Complete Matrix Trilogy, The [HD-DVD]
09/16/07        Blade Runner: (5) Disc Ultimate Edition [HD-DVD]
11/26/07        Christmas Story, A [HD-DVD]     
11/26/07        2001: A Space Odyssey [HD-DVD]  
11/26/07        Clockwork Orange, A [HD-DVD]    
11/26/07        Full Metal Jacket [HD-DVD]      
11/26/07        Phantom Of The Opera, The [HD-DVD]      
11/26/07        Shining, The [HD-DVD]
11/26/07        V For Vendetta [HD-DVD] 
11/26/07        National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation [HD-DVD]  
12/05/07        Blazing Saddles [HD-DVD]        
12/05/07        Casablanca [HD-DVD]     
12/05/07        Perfect Storm, The [HD-DVD]
12/11/07        Superman Returns [HD-DVD]
12/30/07        Constantine [HD-DVD]    
12/30/07        Forbidden Planet [HD-DVD]
12/30/07        Tim Burton's Corpse Bride [HD-DVD]
12/30/07        Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory [HD-DVD]
02/12/08        Million Dollar Baby [HD-DVD]
02/12/08        Troy: Director's Cut  [HD-DVD]  
04/07/08        Adventures Of Robin Hood, The [HD-DVD]
05/24/08        Island, The UK Import [HD-DVD]
Code:
12/11/07        Superman Returns [HD-DVD]
12/30/07        Forbidden Planet [HD-DVD]
12/30/07        Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory [HD-DVD]
04/07/08        Adventures Of Robin Hood, The [HD-DVD]

Movies I found to be defective. Superman Returns froze half way through, but didn't error out. Video froze, but timer on HD-XA2 kept going forward. Forbidden Planet errored out (forget when). I came back to an error so I didn't write down the timestamp. Willy Wonka errored out about 1 hour 6 minutes into the movie (layer change I suspect). Robin Hood errored out about half way through the film.

Most of my HD-DVDs were bought from Amazon.com and Best Buy.

I don't know what they do with the defective discs. They probably recycle them. It's not worth their time to test them if they can just reissue Blu-ray replacements.
Edited by Louisville S - 1/11/13 at 12:43pm
post #18 of 21
The only overlap between what I had and what you had appears to be Troy. Mine failed and yours didn't. I also had a much higher failure rate in what I owned than you for some reason. 5 out of 8 discs. Mine were stored indoors on a shelf and weren't boxed up or in outdoor storage so I can't say that I abused mine at all to cause a higher fail rate. Bum luck possibly?
post #19 of 21
I bought the Cream Royal Albert hall from amazon and got the same reading, at different times on different songs. My player is a 30. Frustrating...would amazon send a replacement disc or is the whole hddvd riddled with the error code? Great music btw when it plays
post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by natchie View Post

I bought the Cream Royal Albert hall from amazon and got the same reading, at different times on different songs. My player is a 30. Frustrating...would amazon send a replacement disc or is the whole hddvd riddled with the error code? Great music btw when it plays

I also had a bad "Cream at Royal Albert Hall" hd-dvd and got Rhino to replace it. The replacement works perfectly - and is excellent.

You might get Amazon to take yours back but I doubt they have any replacements. But if they refund your money - I think this title is available on blu-ray now.

I contacted Rhino at 'customerservice@rhino.com' for help with my bad hd-dvd.
They referred me to 'DrRhino@Rhino.com' who took care of matters for me.
You might try the same.
post #21 of 21
I have many HD-DVD's from Warners. Now I know what the problem is by reading this thread, I always thought it was my player and disc alone. I purchased "Superman Returns" in 2007 and it froze immediately at the part on the roof with Clark and Lois. Then it played once or twice just fine but now it does it again. Other WB titles have the same code, Last Samurai, Valley of Elah and now just recently, Deliverance. I just wrote to Warners to complain. What a jip.
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