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post #12301 of 12538
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Originally Posted by barlav View Post

I haven't been able to get a Universal Studios blu-ray to work in my BD30 (2.9 Firmware) player in months. Both rental copies and purchased copies fail. The Universal logo comes up for a few seconds then disappears and then nothing from that point on. I left it for over an hour once just to see if the disc ever would play but it doesn't. I guess it's time for a new player. No one else seems to be having this problem so it must be my player is on it's way out but it's strange that it's just one studio. All other blu-rays new and old work perfectly in my player. Even older Universal Studios titles work. I've had this problem with all of the following: Green Zone, Get Him To The Greek, Despicable Me, Robin Hood. My player doesn't like something that the newer software in the Universal Studios disks must be doing.

Does anyone know if there will ever be another firmware version released for this player?

Try doing a player reset (the owner's manual explains how to do that).
post #12302 of 12538
Still using this player with 0 problems, and still loads movies with problems. But I was curious how is this player still holding up to the new competetion?\\\\

WOW look at my signature! I havent posted in awhile! AHAH
post #12303 of 12538
Hi all.
Can't find my manual, so.........
When watching a DVD of an old movie, the side bars are grey instead of black.
They used to be black.
Don't know what I did, but how do I get back to black?
Thanks!

BTW, other than this, the player has been rock solid since I bought it almost 3 years ago.
The only disc it wouldn't play is the infamous disc 4 of the Blu Ray Twilight Zone season 1.

Never mind, found the answer (found the manual on-line).
If the screensaver is on, the bars are grey. Screensaver off, the bars are black.
My screensaver was on.
post #12304 of 12538
Good to know you're fine now!
BTW, my -30 has also been rock solid since day one and tonite I'll watch Vertical Limit thru it, though
post #12305 of 12538
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Originally Posted by Jacksmyname View Post

Hi all.
Can't find my manual, so.........
When watching a DVD of an old movie, the side bars are grey instead of black.
They used to be black.
Don't know what I did, but how do I get back to black?
Thanks!

BTW, other than this, the player has been rock solid since I bought it almost 3 years ago.
The only disc it wouldn't play is the infamous disc 4 of the Blu Ray Twilight Zone season 1.

Never mind, found the answer (found the manual on-line).
If the screensaver is on, the bars are grey. Screensaver off, the bars are black.
My screensaver was on.

Gray bars means it's 480p, black bars means it's upscaling to 1080i/p. Not sure how to change it in the menu.
post #12306 of 12538
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Originally Posted by CurrentlyPissed View Post

Still using this player with 0 problems, and still loads movies with problems. But I was curious how is this player still holding up to the new competetion?\\\\

WOW look at my signature! I havent posted in awhile! AHAH

I recently upgraded to the Oppo 93 (I had zero problems with the BD 30).

The 93 is much faster, both powering on and loading discs. Its fun to mess with streaming features and the bd live stuff too.

The BD 30 definitely seems like yesterday's technology compared to the 93. I have relegated the BD 30 to my son's playroom (unless someone wants to buy it).
post #12307 of 12538
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Originally Posted by Avliner View Post

Good to know you're fine now!
BTW, my -30 has also been rock solid since day one and tonite I'll watch Vertical Limit thru it, though

Vertical Limit is a pretty good flick, and it's also in my Blu collection.
post #12308 of 12538
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Originally Posted by caesar1 View Post

The BD 30 definitely seems like yesterday's technology compared to the 93.

WOW - profound - the BD30 is 3 years older and 1/3 the price of the Oppo...yeah...that would make it "yesterday's technology" allright.
post #12309 of 12538
Mine is for playing BDs, not using all that other stuff. Play the movie, maybe watch some outtakes and move on to another movie.
post #12310 of 12538
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Originally Posted by Satmeister View Post

WOW - profound - the BD30 is 3 years older and 1/3 the price of the Oppo...yeah...that would make it "yesterday's technology" allright.

Don't forget, when the BD-30 was first released it was close to the price of what the Oppos 93 sells for.

I'm sure the BD-30 goes for less today (if its even sold anymore).
post #12311 of 12538
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Originally Posted by caesar1 View Post

Don't forget, when the BD-30 was first released it was close to the price of what the Oppos 93 sells for.

I'm sure the BD-30 goes for less today (if its even sold anymore).

How does the BD30 relate in IQ, loading times are not a dealbreaker for me in any shape-way-or-form. I simply care about IQ and SQ. Is it worth upgrading or is this player still regarded one of the best in IQ?
post #12312 of 12538
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Originally Posted by CurrentlyPissed View Post

How does the BD30 relate in IQ, loading times are not a dealbreaker for me in any shape-way-or-form. I simply care about IQ and SQ. Is it worth upgrading or is this player still regarded one of the best in IQ?


If you're looking at IQ of Blu-rays, it's just as good as anything out there. If you're looking at IQ of DVD's, there's a lot better for your money.
post #12313 of 12538
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Originally Posted by ti-triodes View Post

If you're looking at IQ of Blu-rays, it's just as good as anything out there. If you're looking at IQ of DVD's, there's a lot better for your money.

I dont watch DVDs so.
post #12314 of 12538
Hey everybody. I think we may be up the creek again. I cant get 2 different new releases to play at all. (paranormal activity2 and Let me in) I upgraded the firmware to 2.9 sucessfully but still get a no disc or cannot play disc display. The discs were new and clean. I played a couple of older discs just to prove it wasnt the laser. Now what ?
post #12315 of 12538
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Originally Posted by newdude22 View Post

Hey everybody. I think we may be up the creek again. I cant get 2 different new releases to play at all. (paranormal activity2 and Let me in) I upgraded the firmware to 2.9 sucessfully but still get a no disc or cannot play disc display. The discs were new and clean. I played a couple of older discs just to prove it wasnt the laser. Now what ?

Does it still play regular DVD's? How about older BD's? Just trying to get a more precise diagnosis.
post #12316 of 12538
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Originally Posted by krisjan View Post
Does it still play regular DVD's? How about older BD's? Just trying to get a more precise diagnosis.
LOL he did say he "played a couple of older discs"; granted he didn't distinguish as to whether they were BDs but I think one could safely assume that they were...
post #12317 of 12538
Hey guys, thanks for the help. Yes I played somewhat recent blue-rays ok, but two brand new releases wouldn't. DVD"s are ok too. I tried the factory reset after the firmware upgrade didn't help to no avail either. The blockbuster girl said it was probably security/anti-pirating software related, from the studios, and my player didn't recognize the new format. Maybe she knows what she is talking about, maybe she doesn't, but i'm sure out of ideas. Any thoughts are appreciated
post #12318 of 12538
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Originally Posted by newdude22 View Post

Hey guys, thanks for the help. Yes I played somewhat recent blue-rays ok, but two brand new releases wouldn't. DVD"s are ok too. I tried the factory reset after the firmware upgrade didn't help to no avail either. The blockbuster girl said it was probably security/anti-pirating software related, from the studios, and my player didn't recognize the new format. Maybe she knows what she is talking about, maybe she doesn't, but i'm sure out of ideas. Any thoughts are appreciated

Try cleaning them or get another copy.
post #12319 of 12538
The first disc was a little smudgy and, because the player has been bulletproof, i chalked it up to a bad copy from blockbuster. disc # 2 was a different movie from a red-box, with the same result. I had often heard friends complaining about frequent updates for other BD players and laughed because i was on v1.1 flawlessly this whole time. Now the jokes on me i guess.
post #12320 of 12538
I called panasonic and was told i may need an SD card to play certain movies. The best buy girl looked it up on their database, and sure enough.... it seemed true. $12 for 4GB and a quick stop at Redbox and I was good to go. I formatted the SD card and I still cant read the disc.
post #12321 of 12538
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Originally Posted by newdude22 View Post

I called panasonic and was told i may need an SD card to play certain movies. The best buy girl looked it up on their database, and sure enough.... it seemed true. $12 for 4GB and a quick stop at Redbox and I was good to go. I formatted the SD card and I still cant read the disc.

Unfortunately, I think you were given incorrect information. I'm curious about the fact that Panasonic said you need an SD card. I've never heard of a blu-ray player requiring an SD card to play blu-rays. It's just for showing pics or maybe bookmarks. Either the player is going bad or the discs are bad.
post #12322 of 12538
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Originally Posted by caesar1 View Post

I recently upgraded to the Oppo 93 (I had zero problems with the BD 30).

There is one thing that the BD30 can do that the Oppo 93 can't: play at 1.5X with audio. Oppo says that they might implement 1.5X, but don't hold your breath.
post #12323 of 12538
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Originally Posted by angryht View Post

Unfortunately, I think you were given incorrect information. I'm curious about the fact that Panasonic said you need an SD card. I've never heard of a blu-ray player requiring an SD card to play blu-rays. It's just for showing pics or maybe bookmarks. Either the player is going bad or the discs are bad.



Yeah, Both panasonic AND Best buy said that sometimes the player may need to store BD-Live and other features on the SD card. It seemed reasonable with all the "extras" on movies these days. But still no luck.

I would totally be ok with it if the player was going bad, it's almost 4 years old, but I have a hard time seeing how it would discriminate between newer and older discs. If it didnt play any, then it could be the laser or the hard drive or 100 other things, it just doesn't add up.
post #12324 of 12538
hay newdude22.
I sent you a private message.

Jacob
post #12325 of 12538
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Originally Posted by newdude22 View Post

Yeah, Both panasonic AND Best buy said that sometimes the player may need to store BD-Live and other features on the SD card. It seemed reasonable with all the "extras" on movies these days. But still no luck.

True, except IIRC the BD30 does not support BD-Live storage...and it's definitely not capable of doing full BD-Live stuff anyways since it has no way connecting to the Internet.
post #12326 of 12538
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Originally Posted by toneman View Post

True, except IIRC the BD30 does not support BD-Live storage...and it's definitely not capable of doing full BD-Live stuff anyways since it has no way connecting to the Internet.

this is why i prefer you guys over the "experts". An enthusiest always seems to know more specific details than a salesperson or manufacturer.

i'm still having troubles. It's gotten worse and has refused to play about a dozen new releases, but plays older BDs fine. The BD65 is down to $119 online, but I worry that 6 months from now I will be back to square one. I would LOVE to find out why it is choosing to play some movies and not others, but for now I'm still scratching my head.
post #12327 of 12538
Hey does anybody know how to undo the firmware update ? I did a factory reset (all settings lost) but it still comes up v2.9. Maybe the firmware was corrupted and it installed but didn't do what it was supposed to.
post #12328 of 12538
FYI, the BD30 is a BD 1.1 spec player - it does not support BD 2.0 (i.e. BD-Live). Therefore, the SD card does not have anything to do with BD-Live content. However, if you want to use the bookmark function available on some BD's, you must have an SD card installed so the player can store the bookmark location.
post #12329 of 12538
Newdude,

IIRC, there ain't no way to undo the FW update on the -30.
What you can do is to re-install the very same FW 2.9 version though, in case the older one is somehow corrupted.
post #12330 of 12538
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Originally Posted by Avliner View Post
Newdude,

IIRC, there ain't no way to undo the FW update on the -30.
What you can do is to re-install the very same FW 2.9 version though, in case the older one is somehow corrupted.
I tried to re-install v2.9 but it instantly determines no upgrade needed and spits out the disk. I found a bunch of old posts on a different forum dating back to when i got my player. People that bought it in dec 07 had problems after a few months with the laser which panasonic fixed under warranty. I got mine in Jan 08 and at the time there still weren't a ton of BD's because HD DVD was still going strong. Blockbuster didn't fully convert for a couple of years after and even when they did, we still didn't watch too many movies due to our small kids keeping us busy. I very well could have just hit my 30 BD movie limit now. DVD's are starting to get screwy now, and now that the wife is getting fed up......... new player here i come.
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