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Blu-Ray Disc Won’t Play

November 3rd, 2009

Have you ever tried to watch a brand new Blu-Ray disc only to find that it won’t play in your player? A player you know works with other discs?

Now, assuming that you haven’t recently dropped the player, or rubbed sandpaper across the bottom surface of the disc, this could very well be a firmware issue.

Since Blu-Ray is a relatively new format, the technology is still being refined. Some newer discs may contain data that is incompatible with earlier generations of players, resulting in playback problems.

Luckily, this is relatively easy to resolve. All you need is the following:

  • Computer
  • Internet Connection
  • CD Burner
  • Blank CD-R

First, write down the model number of your Blu-Ray player. Then look for your model on this page:

The download link on your model’s page will bring you to the official company website (Sony, Panasonic, etc.) where you can follow their directions to download and update your firmware. This will involve downloading a zipped .iso file (disc image) and burning it to a CD, which you then load into the player and input a series of menu commands.

You should ALWAYS follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer when upgrading your firmware. Failure to follow the steps they outline may “brick” your player, effectively converting it into a doorstop / giant paperweight.

yeah, i know this is a PS3.

If you cannot find your model at the above link, search for the brand’s site directly, locate your player in the product, download, or support pages, and there should be links to firmware upgrades there.

Once completed you should be able to play the most recent Blu-Ray discs without any problem.

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