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post #12391 of 12539
I have a problem that suddenly developed with my bd30, it can play blurays but not regular DVDs. It also gets occasional u73 errors.

The BD30 is connected to an Onkyo tx-sr706 hdmi in and the sr706 hdmi out to a panny plasma. This combination has worked fine for two years until now.

Thinking that the BD30 might be the problem I moved it directly connected to the TV and it works fine. Connect it back to the receiver and the problem returns. However I have my cable box and DVD recorder connected by HDMI to the SR706 no problem. I moved the BD30 around to other HDMI inputs on the receiver and changed the hdmi cable, same problem.

Do you think my receiver's hdmi switching is bad and I need a new receiver or the bd30 has developed a handshake problem with the receiver and a new BluRay player would not have that problem? quite a cost difference between a new receiver or new BluRay player.
post #12392 of 12539
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Originally Posted by mpachis View Post

I have a problem that suddenly developed with my bd30, it can play blurays but not regular DVDs. It also gets occasional u73 errors.

The BD30 is connected to an Onkyo tx-sr706 hdmi in and the sr706 hdmi out to a panny plasma. This combination has worked fine for two years until now.

Thinking that the BD30 might be the problem I moved it directly connected to the TV and it works fine. Connect it back to the receiver and the problem returns. However I have my cable box and DVD recorder connected by HDMI to the SR706 no problem. I moved the BD30 around to other HDMI inputs on the receiver and changed the hdmi cable, same problem.

Do you think my receiver's hdmi switching is bad and I need a new receiver or the bd30 has developed a handshake problem with the receiver and a new BluRay player would not have that problem? quite a cost difference between a new receiver or new BluRay player.

It has to be a handshake problem between the AVR and the BD30 because the BD30 works directly into your tv's HDMI connection. You could try a firmware update for the BD30 and if that doesn't work, then a new BR player. HDMI connections are usually compatible, but it is not a slam dunk, unfortunately.
post #12393 of 12539
Quote:
Originally Posted by mpachis View Post

I have a problem that suddenly developed with my bd30, it can play blurays but not regular DVDs. It also gets occasional u73 errors.

The BD30 is connected to an Onkyo tx-sr706 hdmi in and the sr706 hdmi out to a panny plasma. This combination has worked fine for two years until now.

Thinking that the BD30 might be the problem I moved it directly connected to the TV and it works fine. Connect it back to the receiver and the problem returns. However I have my cable box and DVD recorder connected by HDMI to the SR706 no problem. I moved the BD30 around to other HDMI inputs on the receiver and changed the hdmi cable, same problem.

Do you think my receiver's hdmi switching is bad and I need a new receiver or the bd30 has developed a handshake problem with the receiver and a new BluRay player would not have that problem? quite a cost difference between a new receiver or new BluRay player.

Some tricks to try before you buy new equipment. First, turn your receiver *OFF* (not just to standby, if you have that option) and back on again.

Failing that, unplug both the reciever and BD30 for 30 seconds and try again.

Next, try a reset. The instructions for various levels of reset for the BD30 can be found on page 24 of the Owners Manual. Factory reset instructions for the Onkyo can be found by clicking here. Keep in mind that factory resets usually delete any settings that you have made.

Finally, I had a HDMI handshake issue with my receiver once and I seem to recall a post in this thread suggesting a particular order for turning on your receiver and Blu-ray player. It fixed my problem, and it hasn't recurred. I couldn't find it for you, but you might try searching, or perhaps someone remembers better than I.

Let us know how it turns out.
post #12394 of 12539
One other thing to try is to just switch HDMI inputs via the remote and then come back to the HDMI input that has the BD30.
post #12395 of 12539
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Originally Posted by noah2631 View Post

Wow............Terminator 2........ Nobody ???

Noah:
It played flawlessly. I have an unrelated complaint:
1. When I played SD DVD's with the 2.9 FW it showed it was 24p. With the 3.0 it does NOT. Please comment on this-thanks. I checked the settings.
2. It will indicate 24p with BD DVD's.
post #12396 of 12539
I just ordered the T2 Skynet Edition...hopefully I should get it by the weekend.
Glad to hear it played with no issues for you....(with 3.0 FW update)

As I mentioned earlier, I'm still on the original 2.2 FW....so I'm anxious to see how the T2 Skynet Disc will play.

As for the other issue you had regarding '24p' on SD Dvd's....someone else will have to chime in, who has done the newest 3.0 FW update.

Thanks for your input regarding T2.
post #12397 of 12539
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Originally Posted by Zenyatto View Post

Some of us are smart and some of us are not. Last but not least some us are also HUMBLE. I got Windows XPSP3 and I burned the FW upgrade, installed the 3.0 and I did NOT waste any blank CD-R's=smooth operation I am way far from being a computer genius
Thank you

I was merely showing that the Panasonic could be upgraded to Firmware Version 3.0 without bricking the player. Some people were encountering problems upgrading, and I wanted to show that, if done properly, the upgrade would not damage anything.
post #12398 of 12539
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Originally Posted by dmperry View Post

I was merely showing that the Panasonic could be upgraded to Firmware Version 3.0 without bricking the player. Some people were encountering problems upgrading, and I wanted to show that, if done properly, the upgrade would not damage anything.

Bragging and sending a condescending message is your way of conveying your message is counterproductive and that is WHY I reacted the way I did. Arrogance is the wrong approach in any forum, period. We are here to help each other and to learn from each other. That's how forums WORK.
Thank you
post #12399 of 12539
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Originally Posted by dmperry View Post

I used a Mac for burning the disc and had no issues at all (I feel for the poor Windoze PC users that have to deal with making updates - it seems to be a major hassle for them). No bricking here!

I guess I fall into the "Poor Windoze PC users" category. Thanks for your sympathy.

When I save enough $$$,... I'll buy a Mac.
post #12400 of 12539
Sometimes we mac people get a bit carried away...it IS a cult, you know!
post #12401 of 12539
Back to the BD30 business, shall we? I played the SW's 4, 5 and 6 and they played OK. WHY OK? The loading time is atrocious plus I had to tweak my HT Onkyo AVR/Mit HDTV. I did NOT have that problem with the 2.9 FW-I do with the 3.0, DUH? All that trouble to enjoy the movies. The BD30 is demoted right back to the MBR until it DIES.
post #12402 of 12539
Updated firmware (Ver 3.1) is now available for North America and Latin
America on this site:

http://panasonic.jp/support/global/c...0/bd30_na.html

Description of changes: Blu-ray Disc playability

PLEASE don't ask me what this description means! I have no inside knowledge and I am not a clairvoyant.
post #12403 of 12539
Just downloaded it and installed it in my two BD30's without a problem using Nero on my Windows 7. Just FYI-Pete

Nice to see Panasonic is still looking after the ol' BD30!
post #12404 of 12539
Just did the latest FW upgrade (v3.1) and everything's up & running fine
post #12405 of 12539
I found out about the 3.1 FW update yesterday and installed it with no problems. I'm using a Mac and burned the CD-R using Toast's ISO9660 setting for data discs.
post #12406 of 12539
I have a problem that suddenly developed with my BD30, it can play some blu rays but not all of them. The BD30 is connected to an Onkyo 805 with HDMI in and the Onkyo has HDMI out to a panny plasma. This combination has worked fine for several years until now. It seems to have the most problems with rental discs from both Netflix and Blockbuster. The discs look fine and I have washed them and dried with microfiber towels but they still won't play. I have tried 3 different Trespass copy's from Netflix and none of them will play. I bought 5 used blu-ray discs from Blockbuster and none of them would play so I downloaded the latest 3.1 firmware yesterday. I got 3 of those discs to play yesterday but today none of those same discs will play but my latest Netflix disc "Fast Five" plays just fine (yesterday and today).

Do you think my player is going bad but if that is the case, why will it play some Blu-ray discs without problems but have issues with others? Is it time for a new Blu-ray player?
post #12407 of 12539
That's the craps. Mine has played everything I've thrown at it. I just installed FW 3.0....now they have 3.1.

Anyway, if you bought it when I did, when it first came out at $400, it would be tough to get rid of it.

The BD30 is in my home theater with my Epson 9500 PJ. I just bought a Mit DLP 65738 and a BD210 for $120. If the BD30 should break down, I guess I'd switch then around and buy another for the TV...they're so cheap now...not like when we bought them!
post #12408 of 12539
Quote:
Originally Posted by inspector View Post

That's the craps. Mine has played everything I've thrown at it. I just installed FW 3.0....now they have 3.1.

Anyway, if you bought it when I did, when it first came out at $400, it would be tough to get rid of it.

The BD30 is in my home theater with my Epson 9500 PJ. I just bought a Mit DLP 65738 and a BD210 for $120. If the BD30 should break down, I guess I'd switch then around and buy another for the TV...they're so cheap now...not like when we bought them!

Sounds like you're driving a Corvette with cheap gas in stead of premium 93 octane. Get premium gas and you get rid of the pin-ding dong dang!
post #12409 of 12539
I received 3.1 firmware from Panasonic in the mail, and it fixes some recent blu-ray disc problems.

Star Wars (I think all Episodes)

X-Men: First Class

There are 1 or two other movies that are fixed with this firmware but can't remember which ones. One thing is for sure, keep updating your firmware.

Mark
post #12410 of 12539
I originally had a problem trying to burn a disc with the 3.1 FW update and had sent an email to Panasonic support asking them to send me a 3.1 update disc. I received the below reply.
Dear Valued Customer Case Number: 29083777 Thank you for your inquiry, we do apologize for your inconvenience caused. The latest the firmware for this unit is version 2.8 on Panasonic.com We hope this information is helpful to you. Thank you for contacting Panasonic.
I did finally end up downloading CDBurnerXP (thanks to earlier recommendations on this forum) and was able to burn a 3.1 disc that the player was able to load. At first, I thought it had solved the problem as I was able to play some discs that I was not able to play previously. But then, yesterday I tried to play some of those same rental purchase discs and was not able to play any of them. I was able to play my latest Netflix rental "Fast Five" last night without any problems but it still would not play the 3rd copy of "Trespass" that Netflix sent me. My guess is that the player has become very picky on the disc quality recently where as in the past, it would play just about anything that I gave it.

I ordered a new DMP-BDT310 this morning and will be demoting the BD30 to a DVD/CD player for the bedroom.
post #12411 of 12539
Quote:
Originally Posted by Robbie Racer View Post

I originally had a problem trying to burn a disc with the 3.1 FW update and had sent an email to Panasonic support asking them to send me a 3.1 update disc. I received the below reply.
Dear Valued Customer Case Number: 29083777 Thank you for your inquiry, we do apologize for your inconvenience caused. The latest the firmware for this unit is version 2.8 on Panasonic.com We hope this information is helpful to you. Thank you for contacting Panasonic.
I did finally end up downloading CDBurnerXP (thanks to earlier recommendations on this forum) and was able to burn a 3.1 disc that the player was able to load. At first, I thought it had solved the problem as I was able to play some discs that I was not able to play previously. But then, yesterday I tried to play some of those same rental purchase discs and was not able to play any of them. I was able to play my latest Netflix rental "Fast Five" last night without any problems but it still would not play the 3rd copy of "Trespass" that Netflix sent me. My guess is that the player has become very picky on the disc quality recently where as in the past, it would play just about anything that I gave it.

I ordered a new DMP-BDT310 this morning and will be demoting the BD30 to a DVD/CD player for the bedroom.

You talked to the wrong misinformed Panasonic rep. They sent me the 3.1(about 8 calendar days). I have a problem with my computer that I can NOT decompress the PANA_DVD.FRM(UPDATE_BD30P_V31.exe) V31) file. I was successful from 2.2 to 3.0. I tried at least ten times. I also switched AV software 2X. I also demoted the BD30 to the MBR about 3 years ago!
post #12412 of 12539
I wrote back to Panasonic saying that I thought that they were in error about 2.8 being the latest revision since I had been running 2.9 for over 2 years and they replied with the below response:
Dear Valued Customer Thank you for your inquiry, we do apologize for your inconvenience caused. The latest the firmware for this unit is version 2.8 on Panasonic.com. Firmware 3.1 has not been tested on North American units then please monitor the link below for the correct updates for United States.

http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-e...DMP-BD30K.D#ts We hope this information is helpful to you. Thank you for contacting Panasonic.

Their customer support team just keeps getting better.
post #12413 of 12539
Quote:
Originally Posted by Robbie Racer View Post

I wrote back to Panasonic saying that I thought that they were in error about 2.8 being the latest revision since I had been running 2.9 for over 2 years and they replied with the below response:
Dear Valued Customer Thank you for your inquiry, we do apologize for your inconvenience caused. The latest the firmware for this unit is version 2.8 on Panasonic.com. Firmware 3.1 has not been tested on North American units then please monitor the link below for the correct updates for United States.

http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-e...DMP-BD30K.D#ts We hope this information is helpful to you. Thank you for contacting Panasonic.

Their customer support team just keeps getting better.

WHY did you NOT try to get the 3.1 FW upgrade over the phone? It's a toll FREE call!
post #12414 of 12539
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zenyatto View Post

WHY did you NOT try to get the 3.1 FW upgrade over the phone? It's a toll FREE call!

I had figured out how to download a version that the player could accept by the time that they replied back to me. I no longer needed a disc from Panasonic.
post #12415 of 12539
Anyone tested if v3.0/3.1 has Cinavia?
post #12416 of 12539
Anyone successfully cleaned their BD30? Mine is making noises when it starts to read a disc and is freezing every 3rd or 4th movie we watch on it now.
post #12417 of 12539
Did you try a lens cleaner disc for cleaning up the laser beam?
If not, you can easily find it over at any RS store, though.
Every once in a while I do run the disc cleaner on all my players
post #12418 of 12539
Quote:
Originally Posted by Avliner View Post

Did you try a lens cleaner disc for cleaning up the laser beam?
If not, you can easily find it over at any RS store, though.
Every once in a while I do run the disc cleaner on all my players

Thanks, I have one on order now with Amazon but had seen some folks doing a qtip and alcohol method with other players for immediate results? I can't see how you could do it with this model and curious if any had?
post #12419 of 12539
This DVD cleaner has some built-in brushes, for dust removing purposes though.
post #12420 of 12539
Probably a dirty spindle, which cleaning discs won't clean. While my link deals with Panasonic DVDRs, Panasonic BD players are similar. Note the photos near the end which show a spindle.
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...98&postcount=2
Recent post where cleaning BD spindle resolved read problems on Panny BD player.
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...0#post21443690
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