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Sony DVD player service menu- Info

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by nathan_silly, Jul 29, 2003.

  1. nathan_silly

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    I'm not liable if you mess your drive up!


    <<hey all...my buddy just picked up the sony DVP-S530D dvd player and was
    wondering how to access the firmware version, and what the latest firmware
    for this player is? Thanks Matt>>

    This question is asked so often that I have prepared a cut and paste answer
    for those who need this information. The answer to your question is in this
    Sony DVD player service menu briefing. Reportedly, firmware version 2.21 is
    the first version that fixes the lip-sync problem.

    Make sure that the DVD player is turned OFF and in the standby mode with the
    little red LED glowing above the on/off button. To enter the test mode,
    press Title, Clear, and Power on the remote. This will produce the following
    menu:

    Test Mode Menu

    0. Syscon Diagnosis
    1. Drive Auto Adjustment (Calibrates DVDs and CDs)
    2. Drive Manual Operation (Calibrates DVDs and CDs)
    3. Mecha Aging (Allows auto repeat mode for testing)
    4. Emergency History (Shows the number of hours on your machine)
    ===>>> *** 5. Version Information (Shows FILMWARE version) *** <<<===
    6. Video Level Adjustment. (Test pattern)

    Exit: POWER Key.

    The Sony 330, 530 and 550 players have the ability to automatically
    calibrate the playback functions of DVDs and CDs. (This could conceivably
    save a trip to the repair facility for calibration.) If you are willing to
    accept any risks which may be involved in executing this procedure, the
    instructions follow.

    Before you start, have ready at least two dual layer DVDs and two single
    layer DVDs. (Dual layer DVDs have a gold color playing surface and single
    layer DVDs are silver.) You can also run the audio CD calibration if you
    want. The reason that I recommend having two of each type is that the player
    might produce an error message on one of the disks due to some miniscule
    imperfection and you will have another to fall back on. (It is unlikely that
    you will have a rare SACD disk so this part of the calibration procedure
    should be skipped.)

    Press #1 on the remote after entering the service menu and the following
    sub-menu will appear:

    ## Drive Auto Adjustment ##

    0. All
    1. DVD-SL (Single layer DVD)
    2. CD (Audio CD)
    3. DVD-DL (Dual layer DVD)
    4. SACD (Super Audio CD)

    Exit: RETURN

    Press #1 on the remote and insert a Single Layer DVD when the drawer opens.
    Press the enter key and the machine will begin to calibrate all of the
    playback features. When calibration is completed, follow the onscreen
    instructions to return to the above menu.

    When the Drive Auto Adjustment menu returns, press #3 on the remote and
    insert a Dual Layer DVD when the drawer opens. Follow the instructions as
    noted above. When calibration is completed, follow the onscreen instructions
    to exit from the Test Mode.

    Now you can turn the player back on and try your dual layer disks and see if
    the layer change has improved. I calibrated my Sony 550 and it is working
    better than ever.

    If you are afraid to try this service mode calibration, leave it for an
    authorized service facility.
     
  2. stormchaser

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    hi
    just tested your method for entering menu on my aging sony dvp-s715,and it worked,havent tried any alterations yet,also is there anything else you can do in this service menu?....like make it multi region etc?

    thanks for your post anyway,most illuminating
    cheers
     
  3. nathan_silly

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    I've performed the single layer, dual layer & CD calibration.. layer changes seem quicker.

    Reg. Region change- not a chance. Sony DVD players require a mod chip.. if you DO chip the player, the region code will probably be changable in the service menu.. but a virgin DVD player cannot be changed by going into the service menu.
     
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    hi again
    does your test mode menu ,read like this?


    TEST MODE MENU
    0. syscon diagnosis
    1. drive auto adjustment
    2. drive manual adjustment
    3. mecha aging
    4. emergency history
    5. other check
    exit: power key


    and any idea what those other categories are for?.............sorry to be a bother lol,but you have me curious

    cheers once again
     
  5. nathan_silly

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    Yeah think so- looks similar

    0- gives info on firmware & other firmware (IFCON & SYSCON)
    1- Auto Drive calibration (I did this)
    2- Manual Drive calibration
    3- Basically just a testing process- leave a CD in and it'll re-read & re-track forever.
    4- Think that gives info on how many hours used (CD/DVD)
    5- Test screens, system board checks, DAC, built-in decoder check etc etc
     
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    Some Sony DVD players you have to use TOP MENU, CLEAR, POWER (on the remote)
     

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