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Re: Firmware 2.4 for 1st gen Toshiba A1, D1, XA1 HD DVD players

I'm getting more freeze ups with this last update. I have to power off and back on... then it works fine until powered off for while. That use to happen all along, but it seems to be happening more often now. :huh:
 

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Re: Firmware 2.4 for 1st gen Toshiba A1, D1, XA1 HD DVD players

I'm getting more freeze ups with this last update. I have to power off and back on... then it works fine until powered off for while. That use to happen all along, but it seems to be happening more often now. :huh:
Maybe a part is starting to fail? I would get a RMA # from Toshiba and send it in for repair. "Freezing" should not be happening. My XA1 has been practically flawless (can't remember the last hiccup). Had it since early May 06.

Another possibility is dirt or something on the Optical Pickup Unit (laser).
Can you hear the laser pickup head moving back and forth like a failed seek? Possible a DVD lens cleaner kit may help. :scratch:
 

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Re: Firmware 2.4 for 1st gen Toshiba A1, D1, XA1 HD DVD players

Actually I'm in the wrong thread... mine is the XA2.

The sound continues, but the image freezes... and while skipping chapters it makes some weird images before it finally changes.
 

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Re: Firmware 2.4 for 1st gen Toshiba A1, D1, XA1 HD DVD players

Actually I'm in the wrong thread... mine is the XA2.

The sound continues, but the image freezes... and while skipping chapters it makes some weird images before it finally changes.
Have you tried an Initialize in the player Setup menu? (right next to the Update).

Using a HDMI connection? Is it good and snug and not losing any handshakes? With HDMI disconnected and using Component Video does the problem still happen?
 

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Re: Firmware 2.4 for 1st gen Toshiba A1, D1, XA1 HD DVD players

I did check all of my HDMI connections, but have not tried component.

What does Initialize do?
 

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Re: Firmware 2.4 for 1st gen Toshiba A1, D1, XA1 HD DVD players

What does Initialize do?
It resets the player back to factory default settings but the settings exactly match just what the new firmware needs. This may make a difference or may not seem to do anything to help. Just something to try.

Since this is the A1 firmware thread what follows is for a A1 or XA1. Other gen Toshiba HD DVD players are similar.
Golffnutt said:
1) Go to "Set Up" using the "Set Up" button on your remote.
2) Next highlight "Maintenance" and hit enter.
3) Next Highlight "Persistent Memory" and hit enter. You will then get a window that says Persistent Memory has been fixed.
4) Next go back to the "Maintenance" window again. Highlight "Initialize" and hit enter, you will then get a window that says " yes or no", highlight "yes", the player will initialize back to original factory default settings. This helps clear all previous updates except the one you just did, 2.4. Warning, before you initialize write all of your settings down as you will lose them when you initialize, you will have to go back and re-enter them after you initialize.
 

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Re: Firmware 2.4 for 1st gen Toshiba A1, D1, XA1 HD DVD players

New firmware 3.0 is out for the first gen Toshiba players. See first post in this thread. I don't know yet what they changed/fixed.

Edit: I updated via the internet (ethernet) tonight with my HD-XA1 and did a quick test. The player still plays a trial HD DVD fine (Pat Metheny Group -- The Way Up).

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I can't believe Toshiba is still pumping out firmware updates. Especially on the first gen players. I think all the first gens must be out of warranty by now. Most other companies would have nixed that right after bowing out.
 

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Well,they do have good customer support in my experience, but I would not expect too many more updates. There should not be a need for many (if any) more at this point.
 

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I'm still waiting/hoping for a firmware update (related to Toshiba's new DVD / HD initiative) that will allow playing video recorded on USB memory sticks that get loaded at a store's movie kiosk or via an internet download. This would be a natural use of the two USB ports on all HD DVD players.
 

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I'm still waiting/hoping for a firmware update (related to Toshiba's new DVD / HD initiative) that will allow playing video recorded on USB memory sticks that get loaded at a store's movie kiosk or via an internet download. This would be a natural use of the two USB ports on all HD DVD players.

That's a good one. Although, considering all the other a/v components out there that have USB ports with little to no capability, I would not hold my breath for upgrading a format that is largely abandoned. I use a Samsung 5000 now for both HD DVD & BD, but still don't have the heart to part with my XA1. Xlnt player!
And I don't know how long it will take for BD players to have full on-board decoding AND analog 5.1/7.1 outputs.
You either pay a lot, or forced to upgrade your a/v receiver to use HDMI 1.3.
That's part of the problem when you only have one game in town. Let's be thankful things did not go 'blue' any earlier, and we would have even less for the same money we have to spend today.
 

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sorry for digging out this old thread, but since "bobgpsr" is no longer active I would like to ask if anyone still have the latest update iso for the Toshiba HD-A1
thanks in advance and a great weekend for your guys !
 
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