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post #12331 of 12539
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Originally Posted by newdude22 View Post
I tried to re-install v2.9 but it instantly determines no upgrade needed and spits out the disk................
Short of calling up Panasonic, there is probably nothing more for you to do, short of buying a new BR player. Having had problems with previous Panasonic FW updates, that is why I don't do it anymore - as long as everything continues to function. So those posts indicating that FW updates were innocuous are clearly incorrect. So the conventional logic when it comes to Panasonic FW updates for their players is true: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
post #12332 of 12539
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Originally Posted by fookoo_2010 View Post

Short of calling up Panasonic, there is probably nothing more for you to do......

I called them but they failed to mention that my early player (nov 07) had a drive and BD laser/transport failure problem. They also forgot to mention that they fixed tons of them for free, even out of warranty. I picked up a 65 tonight for $118 and plan on fighting them to fix the 30 to either give it away or yard-sale it.
post #12333 of 12539
newdude?
what about my private message that I sent you?
did that help?

Jacob
post #12334 of 12539
Hey Jacob. I sent you a Pm
post #12335 of 12539
I have an issue where I can't seem to get any blu ray player to work with my set up. I have an Onkyo TX-NR1008 receiver, a Panasonic PT-AE4000U projector and a Panasonic DMP-BD85K blu ray player. The projector is plugged into the HMDI monitor out on the receiver, and the blu ray is plugged into the BD\\DVD HMDI input. I choose BD\\DVd on the receiver and when I turn on the blu ray player I get a splash screen on the projector screen that shows all of the inputs of the projector, then the pictures goes blank, then i get a quick fuzzy picture of the dvd\\blu ray content that is terrinbly fuzzy, it then goes away and shows the inputs of the projector again. It keeps going in this pattern and I get no picture. So i tired hooking up a regular samsung DVD player and it works fine, pictures great. Next troublshooting step was trying the Panasonic blu Ray player on a different TV and receiver and it worked fine when hooked up to another Onkyo receiver and a vizio TV. I then tried a Samsung BD-P3600 blu Ray player and I get the same splash screen of the projector inputs. I'm stumped as to why I can't seem to get any blu ray player to work with my set up, yet any regular DVD player gives a clear picture. Any ideas as to why this is happening? Thanks guys!!!
post #12336 of 12539
forgot to mention the Onkyo Receiver has 2 HMDI outputs, main and sub. i tried using both and still no picture.
post #12337 of 12539
My original copy of the 3-disc set and the replacement set both freeze on my Panny BD30 at the exact point(s) noted in this thread.

Some have opined that this is the layer change mark that's difficult for some players to properly navigate, and a firmware upgrade is suggested. Others seem to believe that this is a disc authoring problem and that there's a "bad batch" still working its way through the retail channels.

As detailed in the above thread, this occurs prior to the Sampan massacre scene at around the 1:15 minute mark of the original cut, and of course a slightly different spot in the Redux cut.

Do any of you have this blu-ray, and is it freezing on your Pannys?
post #12338 of 12539
Local pawn shop has a dmp-bd30 in good condition for $50. They can guaranty it will play a blue ray. What else should I check in store, and is it worth it? Thanks!
post #12339 of 12539
I hardly use mine because in comparison to today's units, it is very slow.
post #12340 of 12539
And new units are a fraction of what this thing used to cost... Maybe that's why it's at the pawn shop...
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Bitch and moan all you want, my unit still works great. Stop complaining about something you at one time enjoyed. It's slow is all I hear, what do you do expect from such an old unit?I'm wondering if some obsessive compulsives just sit there staring at a blank screen with a stopwacth until it loads? It's starting to sound like a divorce group rationalizing!
post #12342 of 12539
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Originally Posted by Telemachus77 View Post

And new units are a fraction of what this thing used to cost... Maybe that's why it's at the pawn shop...

So the new units load faster and have internet capability? Just curious how does the picture and audio compare to the BD-30? What did you end up replacing your BD-30 with?
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I just need something that will play the AVCHD format of my new Sony Camera, and $50 seemed like a good second hand price. Anyone think it's not worth that?
post #12344 of 12539
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Originally Posted by Telemachus77 View Post

I just need something that will play the AVCHD format of my new Sony Camera, and $50 seemed like a good second hand price. Anyone think it's not worth that?

It might be worth it, if you don't mind it failing at who knows when? My first BR player was the BD30 and I still have it and it continues to work, then I got the idea that I needed a newer model so went with the BD60 which managed to go kaput and was replaced, because it was still under warranty, by Panasonic with a BD605 that works fine. But then I decided that I needed a player that would do DVD-A's and SACD's, so that resulted in an oppo 93. They all still work, but now my work horse is the 93. The BD30 seems to have been built like a tank versus the smaller and lighter BD605. As to your question, it all depends upon how critical $50 is to you because a bit more than 2X you can get a newer and faster loading BR player. One of the drawbacks of the BD30 is that you will have to burn the firmware update to a CD, not sure if it can be done from a USB thumb drive.
post #12345 of 12539
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Originally Posted by Telemachus77 View Post

I just need something that will play the AVCHD format of my new Sony Camera, and $50 seemed like a good second hand price. Anyone think it's not worth that?

I watch about one Netflix a week on mine. Recently I got a Panasonic that does AVCHD and was pleasantly surprised to find that the SD card will go directly into the old BD30 and play the AVCHD files nicely. The new Panasonic has an option for a file format of AVCHD in 1080p that it won't play.
post #12346 of 12539
Well, the 1080p is what I hope it will play... so I guess I move on.

Thanks!
post #12347 of 12539
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Originally Posted by Telemachus77 View Post

And new units are a fraction of what this thing used to cost... Maybe that's why it's at the pawn shop...



And the new units are cheap plastic garbage while the BD-30 is built like a tank.
post #12348 of 12539
So far so good with my -30! Since day-one it has been playing flawlessly.
In other hand, if compared to the Oppo-80 speedywise, the -30 looks like a turtle, but it gets the job done anyway
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I purchased a so-called "universal" DVD of an English film. The web site says it will play on US and Canadian players, implying NTSC encoding. The DVD does not play on my Panny BD-30 (the BD30's display indicated "play" but there is neither video not audio on my Panny plasma display. So far, my BD30 has played everything, at least NTSC, that I've thrown at it and, oddly, this DVD plays just fine on my Panny EH55 DVDR which may predate my BD30 (purchased February 2008) and on my really relatively old Panny DVD-RV32 SD DVD player.

Panny tech support tells me their only suggested solution is to buy a lens cleaner. Is this likely to be helpful? Are there other alternatives, perhaps accessible in the BD30's menus?
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Mine just quit playing Blu-rays tonight. I watched Tron Legacy yesterday and it played flawlessly. Tonight, it refused to load, it just said, "Cannot read. Please check the disc" or "This disc is incompatible." I thought it was just that particular disc but I tried a couple of other Blu-ray titles that I had watched just last week. Same thing. I have the latest firmware; I tried unplugging the unit for an hour, I did the factory reset; all with the same result. The disc just churns and refuses to even load.

The weird thing is, DVDs still play perfectly. I've only owned the BD30 for 3 years and it's already hooped. Really strange since I've had really good success with Panasonic stuff in terms of reliability and longevity.

Anything else I should try? Otherwise it's time for a new Blu-ray player, lol.
post #12351 of 12539
Hi Allan,

sorry to tell you this, but it seems your -30 faded away though...
Time for a new BDP then. Mine is still up & runnng but until when I really don`t know (knocking on wood though).
post #12352 of 12539
I seem to be going backwards(and loving it)
First I bought a new Panny BD75 for $85 at Costco. Nice enough but I didn't like that it lacked component outputs(I knew this upon purchase but it was just one more strike against the 75) the final straw was no RAM playback so I returned it.
Next I purchased a open box BD65(last years model) for the same price as the new 75. I like the 65 and still have it. The only thing it really lacked was S-video output(for an older CRT where S-video is the best output, for my HD LCD I use HDMI but prefer to watch select movies on a CRT) and discrete 5.1 outputs. Another thing that bugged me about the 75 and 65 was the progressive mode. I prefer VIDEO for select older DVDs and while both will allow VIDEO but after power down it always reverts back to AUTO(which is not video).
Today I picked up a BD30 at a pawn shop for $50. It has S-video output, discrete 5.1 outputs and even stays in VIDEO progressive mode upon power power down. Sure it takes 15 seconds longer to load a JBD disc and 8 seconds longer to load a regular BD but I can live with that If anything the DVD upconversion is better than the 65 which to me was noticeably better than the 75.
So in the matter of a month I've went from the latest to a 3+ year old model, progress eh
post #12353 of 12539
You're back to the future Jjeff
post #12354 of 12539
^ Good one!
post #12355 of 12539
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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

I seem to be going backwards(and loving it)
First I bought a new Panny BD75 for $85 at Costco. Nice enough but I didn't like that it lacked component outputs(I knew this upon purchase but it was just one more strike against the 75) the final straw was no RAM playback so I returned it.
Next I purchased a open box BD65(last years model) for the same price as the new 75. I like the 65 and still have it. The only thing it really lacked was S-video output(for an older CRT where S-video is the best output, for my HD LCD I use HDMI but prefer to watch select movies on a CRT) and discrete 5.1 outputs. Another thing that bugged me about the 75 and 65 was the progressive mode. I prefer VIDEO for select older DVDs and while both will allow VIDEO but after power down it always reverts back to AUTO(which is not video).
Today I picked up a BD30 at a pawn shop for $50. It has S-video output, discrete 5.1 outputs and even stays in VIDEO progressive mode upon power power down. Sure it takes 15 seconds longer to load a JBD disc and 8 seconds longer to load a regular BD but I can live with that If anything the DVD upconversion is better than the 65 which to me was noticeably better than the 75.
So in the matter of a month I've went from the latest to a 3+ year old model, progress eh

I recently sold my BD-35 and moved my BD-30 from a spare bedroom down to the main viewing area. So I know what you mean, the older models are tanks with a lot of quality components.
post #12356 of 12539
I'm considering purchasing this Blu-ray movie and just wondering if any BD-30 owners have the Skynet Edition and have any problems watching it?

Just curious because after reading reviews, it seems to cause issues with some other Blu-ray players.

Thanks.
post #12357 of 12539
New firmware update available from Panasonic's site. 3.0!
post #12358 of 12539
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Originally Posted by larry2456 View Post

New firmware update available from Panasonic's site. 3.0!

cool, thanks for the heads up! Here's the link: http://panasonic.jp/support/global/c...0/bd30_na.html
post #12359 of 12539
That's incredible for a player that is, what, about 4 years old. Cheers to Panasonic for keeping us updated!

Anybody have any idea what the 'other improvements' are?
post #12360 of 12539
Guys,

my trusty'n ole BD-30 now sports a 3.0 FW upgrade though...
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