Toshiba EP30 Region Free Firmware

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Viking61

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viking i think i just bricked my ep30:(.all went well with the process and now my ep30 has been hanging on the welcome for about 20 mins.is this normal or did something go wrong do u think.
I'm sorry to hear that, but I think it is bricked. I know that some Toshiba HD DVD players hangs on the welcome screen after an update. Especially if you update over the net. Was this when you tried to update to version 4.0?

Anyway, you can call Toshiba (Kingfats has the number) and tell them your player hangs on Welcome. I think most people get the player replaced.
 

simms1965

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no i updated to make it region free.i loaded both dirtys 1 and 2 no worries.i then followed the instructions to switch back on the machine and has been stuck on the welcome for about 30 mins now.
 

Viking61

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sorrie also should have said i didnt get a chance to update to ver.4.0.
Try giving Toshiba a call. Just say that it was stuck on Welcome after a firmware upgrade (which is true).
 

Viking61

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is there any way i can go back to a previous firmware.
There are quite a few who have experienced the same error as you do now, and I have never heard of anyone making a comeback from there. I think your only option is to call Toshiba.
 

dee2001

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I've been playing around with some different region discs since the upgrade and everything works great!

Updating to 4.0 as I type.

Thanks again!
 

kingfats

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viking i think i just bricked my ep30:(.all went well with the process and now my ep30 has been hanging on the welcome for about 20 mins.is this normal or did something go wrong do u think.
Toshiba's number if needed. 0115 9766958.
They'll sort you a new player.
 

chic

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all went well for me, first i made my e30 region free and all was well, then as i have an amp that can decode hd audio i then tried the other way and i have now turned my e30 into a multiregion e-35 and its working fine. However i can only bitstream and decode dolby digital+, if i try dolby true hd or dtsma all i get is silence, now i dont know if its just my amp, but with my bluray player i can get bitstreamed truehd and dtsma no problem. So it looks as if bitstreaming hd audio does require hardware that the e35 has and the e30 doesnt. Not too bothered as i switched off the direct audio and the decoded true hd sent as pcm sounds great.
 

Viking61

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I am very confident that this "dirty method" will also work on the A30 and A35, making them regionfree and PAL capable. Would love to get it tested. :cool:
 

wisper

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One question please Viking61,

When my EP30 it had been EP35 what firmware update
I will make from Internet?

For EP30 v.4 or EP35 v.4 - or let automatically choose the
proper firmware update?

Thanks in advance
 

Viking61

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all went well for me, first i made my e30 region free and all was well, then as i have an amp that can decode hd audio i then tried the other way and i have now turned my e30 into a multiregion e-35 and its working fine. However i can only bitstream and decode dolby digital+, if i try dolby true hd or dtsma all i get is silence, now i dont know if its just my amp, but with my bluray player i can get bitstreamed truehd and dtsma no problem. So it looks as if bitstreaming hd audio does require hardware that the e35 has and the e30 doesnt. Not too bothered as i switched off the direct auio and the decoded true hd audio sounds great.
If you want to go back to EP30-mode then do the following:
1) EP35-Dirty1.iso
2) EP30-Dirty2.iso
 

kingfats

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So it looks as if bitstreaming hd audio does require hardware that the e35 has and the e30 doesnt. Not too bothered as i switched off the direct audio and the decoded true hd sent as pcm sounds great.
That's right i'm afraid :( it's hardware limited.
 

Viking61

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One question please Viking61,

When my EP30 it had been EP35 what firmware update
I will make from Internet?

For EP30 v.4 or EP35 v.4 - or let automatically choose the
proper firmware update?

Thanks in advance
If your player is in EP30-mode then you use EP30 v.4, and if your player thinks it is an EP35 then you use EP35 v.4. :)

I suppose it will automatically choose the correct one if updating through internet.
 
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Viking61

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viking just to let you know i got it sorted.i,m now the proud owner of a region free ep30:):D:thumbsup:;);););).thank you so much.
You got it sorted by yourself ???? .. wow :smashin:
 

khitomer

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Can't do mine till tomorrow as my stupid Mac won't write the discs to the right format, will use iso burner tomorrow at work and get sorted tomorrow evening.

Got to say again thanks to Viking61, dedication is what you need. Deserves some form of prize or congratulations, if you have a paypal account let us all know and we could donate something to your good self. You deserve it!
 

Viking61

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Can't do mine till tomorrow as my stupid Mac won't write the discs to the right format, will use iso burner tomorrow at work and get sorted tomorrow evening.

Got to say again thanks to Viking61, dedication is what you need. Deserves some form of prize or congratulations, if you have a paypal account let us all know and we could donate something to your good self. You deserve it!
Hehe, making you guys happy is salary enough for me. :D

Anyway, it was not me making the firmware. I just tinkered with it.
 

emthree

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Congratulations Viking. Although I don't own an EP-30, it feels good that you were able to crack it. I knew if there is anyone out there who can, you will do it. Well done and you rightly and richly deserve all the plaudits coming your way:thumbsup::thumbsup:
 

BrianPK

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viking just to let you know i got it sorted.i,m now the proud owner of a region free ep30:):D:thumbsup:;);););).thank you so much.
As you were having what looked like a bricked player,can you tell us how you managed to sort the problem to reassure others who may just "hang there" and panic.:)
 

foulone

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Although I don't own one anymore

:thumbsup:WELL DONE MATE!!:thumbsup:
 
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