Originally Posted by joeytino
No pixelation. The image just freezes as if on pause and/or moves very slowly. I am going to fire it up again tonight and see how long I can get before it happens again. Thanks for the info. I am looking forward to being able to return to my Goodwill quests for more HD players.
Sounds like a layer change issue? Is it ~an hour in when it does it. If so that is a tell-tell sign of that. I have or had a couple loaders that would crap out after the layer change on very long movies (2hs+). Fine up until that point then crapola. I also have one that when playing older original Lionsgate BDs will not play all the way through without issues but plays every other disc without issues. If I remember it was every LG disc I had at the time. Was very early on in the HD optical disc game. It happened right after I played Wallace and Grommet and I had noted that the disc was way more super shiny than any other disc I have. I have a theory something about that disc burnt out the laser due to some kind of reflection. Either that or it was a way super crazy coincidence. Prior to that I had no issues with any of my LG discs. After that I had to replace a few of them but they were ones that had known issues. Some were swapped out by LG and others I just found a different copy and got rid of or sold the suspect ones. I've played the W&G disc in my current set-up and my "project" player since and it's just fine.
Trying the things I suggest might get it going again. I was able to resurrect a few loaders in the early days with that method. However I know I have one loader that will play any move under 2 hours but anything longer is toast and does just what you are describing.
Have you tried both a "cold" start and and "complete restart"? For a cold hold the >| button on the right side of the controller on the front panel for about 6-7 seconds and it will "cold start" or boot. This has to be done with the power on, no disc in and the tray closed. For a complete do the same but after you unplug it for a good long time (if you don't want to open it up and short out the PS caps. to drain them completely). Then do a cold boot again. So boot, power plug and insure there is no current left in the caps. then cold boot again. You will have to reprogram it after you are done but this player does not have that many options and settings that are relevant anymore. I.E. networking, clock time set and other "on-line" features are pretty much dead or useless.
If after you have tried that and done some maintenance after if no joy (laser clean and lube) send me the output of the advanced info screen. Press and hold "info" on the remote with no disc and the tray open. And also the system info from the set-up menu (forget all the steps). It may be that you have the bad loader code that happens depending on the order that the player was updated. I have a procedure posted somewhere in here that walks you through retaining the most current loader code and updated the player to the latest code for it. Samsung messed up on the last couple updated and overwrote the loader code with older less reliable code used when the player was very new. This will cause issues with some discs and features etc.
You might want to just snap some pics of those 2 screens and PM me before you do all this but the resets won't hurt the unit (at least in my experience) and cleaning the laser and lube is a good idea after a decade or so of use.
The idea of going to the Good Will to find HD gear seems way bizarre to me since it seems like just yesterday this was the latest and greatest tech. My how time flies. I'm going on my 3rd year of messing with UHD/4K/HDR etc. so I guess it makes sense.