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post #121 of 154
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Originally Posted by Chris Gerhard View Post

That is a known defective disc, apparently only the early pressings. I notified Universal and was instructed to return mine but unfortunately Universal was out of HD DVD replacements and I accepted the DVD set.

Chris

Do you have the contact info for Columbia that you used to get the swap?
post #122 of 154
Upgraded my A30 over the weekend to 4.0 and 15 minutes after the update completed the entire neighborhood had a power failure. Geez was I lucky it didn't happen during the UG.
post #123 of 154
That was too close, glad you didn't get burned!
post #124 of 154
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Originally Posted by MTAtech View Post

Upgraded my A30 over the weekend to 4.0 and 15 minutes after the update completed the entire neighborhood had a power failure. Geez was I lucky it didn't happen during the UG.

That's why you should always have whatever you are doing a firmware update on plugged into a UPS.
post #125 of 154
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Originally Posted by N8YWF View Post

That's why you should always have whatever you are doing a firmware update on plugged into a UPS.

Considering that power outages are few and far between in the U.S., such a precaution is rarely instituted.

I sure got luck though.
post #126 of 154
Ok, I've done a quick search on that topic and they are a lot of downgrade things about a lot of players put nothing about the XA1. Since the 4.0 firm I can't read a few discs of mine including one of my favorite movie.

Any clue?
post #127 of 154
Ok. I'll reply to myself: After reinitialazing the player for nothing but being scared (it's disabling the HDMI output, so I had a black screen)downloading 3 different 2.0 firmwares and burning them and that these cd s were not recognized by my player I got lucky puting a 2.4 Firmware, and the "update" as the players says or downgrade is in process.

Anyways Anybody knows if it's possible to make the XA1 zone free or is it the only model for which it's not possible (heard it's not pal but only ntsc anyways).

Can somebody confirm that?

Thanks
post #128 of 154
and people wonder why I stuck with version 1.3

No issues, at least not any that affect performance or film playback for any disc in my collection.
post #129 of 154
I contacted Toshiba last week and they told me that the guys are still working on firmware updates... I wonder if this really is true...
post #130 of 154
Well, I dont think anyone expected 4.0, and if they are working on China HD-DVD/BD, then since it seems based on HD-DVD we knew, it could be easy for them to do this.
post #131 of 154
My HD-A3KU, ver.4.0 refuses to DVD +/- R discs i burn using Nero. Gives error mssg that disc is either PAL or not a DVD. They work fine in any other DVD player. How do you do a firmware downgrade?
post #132 of 154
I've been using 4.0 on my XA1 for a while now. Just this past weekend it started locking up when I try to play an HD DVD or standard DVD. It also locks up if I press the setup button on the remote? I can play an audio CD just fine ? I tried to make a downgrade CD of 2.4 but the values in the hex code editor look different for the XA1 than the example given in this thread. The values in lines 6 & 7 are 00 00 ? Anyone with any ideas ? I've left the unit unplugged for 24 hours with no change.
post #133 of 154
I use VLC Media Player for all my video playing
post #134 of 154
Thanks for the firmware, but I donĀ“t know if it is useful or not. Can you tell me about?
post #135 of 154
old thread to be unstuck
post #136 of 154
Curious to know why this was unstuck. I doubt Toshiba is going to upgrade the firmware two years after they abandoned the format.
post #137 of 154
When viewing the Maintenance/Update menu on an HD-A3 or HD-A30, what is the second number? For example if it displays 4.0/2.0, what is the 2.0 for?
post #138 of 154
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Originally Posted by seattlemark View Post

When viewing the Maintenance/Update menu on an HD-A3 or HD-A30, what is the second number? For example if it displays 4.0/2.0, what is the 2.0 for?

I have read somewhere that this is the firmware version of the HD DVD drive. Even though I don't know if this is correct, it sounds plausible.
post #139 of 154
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Originally Posted by Viking61 View Post

I have read somewhere that this is the firmware version of the HD DVD drive. Even though I don't know if this is correct, it sounds plausible.

I am not exactly sure what you mean. If the second number is the firmware of the HD DVD Drive, then in contrast what would be the first number? When I updated the firmware both numbers changed, and they went from 1.3/1.1 to 4.0/2.0.
post #140 of 154
The first part is the firmware version of the player, stored somewhere on the mainboard. The second part is supposedly the firmware version of the drive, which has it's own firmware. If you downgrade your main firmware, you will see that the second part stays the same.
post #141 of 154
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Originally Posted by Viking61 View Post

The first part is the firmware version of the player, stored somewhere on the mainboard. The second part is supposedly the firmware version of the drive, which has it's own firmware. If you downgrade your main firmware, you will see that the second part stays the same.


Sorry if this is a stupid question, but what does the term "player" verses "drive" mean when it comes to a device such as the HD-A3 or HD-A30? Does the mainboard then constitute the "player", and the component that is actually spinning the disk and reading it with the laser the "drive" ? (It is a bit confusing to me because the entire HD-A3 or HD-A30 as a whole, is typically referred to as an HD DVD "player".)
post #142 of 154
It's not a stupid question, and I also regard the entire A3, A30 or whatever model as the "player". The HD DVD drive is the unit in the player where you put the disc. If you open up your player, you can see that it is just like a regular DVD-ROM you will find in computers. This unit has, as I understand it, its own firmware.

If you for instance have problems with your player reading the discs properly, you can change only the drive.
post #143 of 154
I've always wondered this. Say you are at the most recent firmware for both the player and the drive, and you end up having to swap out the drive with one from another player of the same model, and that one has an earlier firmware on the drive. Are you able to update it still or is the firmware for the drive not actually ON THE DRIVE?
post #144 of 154
I changed the drive on my A30 player with a drive that had an earlier firmware. It worked perfectly well without doing anything. I decided anyway to downgrade the firmware, and then upgrade again just to get my drive's firmware up to the latest version.

It seems to me that the firmware of the drive is baked into the main firmware upgrade file.
post #145 of 154
Hi guys. I connected my HD-XA1 to see if there were any updates. Went thru all the steps and at the end it said software had been updated. Can't recall but I think it said something like "4.0/2.0"
Anyway, I played an HDDVD movie but there was no video using HDMI. After using a different HDMI cable I gave a component cable a try. Surprisingly the movie played fine.
I know this is an old thread that just resurfaceD but did the latest firmware update disable HDMI output or something? Two TVs, Two different HDMI cables and NOTHING.
post #146 of 154
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Originally Posted by Sabu-Agu View Post

Hi guys. I connected my HD-XA1 to see if there were any updates. Went thru all the steps and at the end it said software had been updated. Can't recall but I think it said something like "4.0/2.0"
Anyway, I played an HDDVD movie but there was no video using HDMI. After using a different HDMI cable I gave a component cable a try. Surprisingly the movie played fine.
I know this is an old thread that just resurfaceD but did the latest firmware update disable HDMI output or something? Two TVs, Two different HDMI cables and NOTHING.

I would go to Setup and check to make sure the settings didn't change.
post #147 of 154
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Originally Posted by moviegeek View Post

I would go to Setup and check to make sure the settings didn't change.

Can't recall seeing anything but can I assume you said this because in Settings you can change output from component to HDMI and vice-versa?
Going to connect again and see.

Thanks
post #148 of 154
I know, that this thread is quite OLD, but it might still help others later on...

The drive always has its own firmware embedded within the drive's on board electronics. It has nothing to do (directly) with the players firmware, which is a thing of its own. You might change the drives firmware on its own without touching the players firmware if you can get access to the drive alone. But because of the proprietary interface of the drive unit, this might be problematic.


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Originally Posted by Viking61 View Post

I changed the drive on my A30 player with a drive that had an earlier firmware. It worked perfectly well without doing anything. I decided anyway to downgrade the firmware, and then upgrade again just to get my drive's firmware up to the latest version.

It seems to me that the firmware of the drive is baked into the main firmware upgrade file.
post #149 of 154
Recently relocated to Europe with the U.S. purchase Toshiba HD-XA2KN would like to play standard pal dvd's on the unit. Tried putting the European software on the unit. Everything looked to be going smoothly during conversion however, while the unit will go into the 1391 test mode, it still won't play PAL. Any help appreciated. Did the downgrade from 4 to 2.7, then 2.7 to 2.5, then 2.501 to 2.502, then back up to 4. All the links are dead if someone has the files for the xa2 I would appreciate it. Thanks for your time.
post #150 of 154
Thread Starter 
FYI, all of the links in the first post were dead since Toshiba updated their support site. I added new links for all of the models, though they only host the newest versions now.
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