I was clearing out a cupboard today and came across my Panasonic A360 - its been in there for nearly two years. It, too, had started to display that “wrong disc message”. It drove me mad and so it ended up in the cupboard.
There doesn’t seem to be any real solution available on the net for this problem, so I wasted about an hour doing a few tests with DVD decrypter: which displays RCE, Region & Copy Protection on loading the disc.
I have a mod’d player.
Overall my findings are pretty confusing Basically a R1 disc with no RCE, but with CSS/CPPM would play & so would an R2 disc that was actually more than R2; i.e., R2, R4 - [don’t fall asleep] Likewise, a R1 disc with RCE wouldn’t play and neither would a disc that had none of the above and was only R2 - that’s R2 and not R2, R4 (or even R2 - R6) just in case you DID fall asleep
Cut to the chase. I bought “The Bourne Supremacy” - it won’t play in the A360. Then, I arrived at a copy of the same using DVD Decrypter, Shrink & Nero. That copy worked a treat!
Others posters have said how the A360 was a great m/c in its day. I agree But, how, or why, it should become redundant coz of some region-rce-copy-protect thing - beggars belief. I’m sure the ‘Studios’ will invent another copy device that makes ALL DVD players redundant when blue laser discs are rolled out. Its not cool. Not cool at all.
Partly because when the Panny went in the cupboard I had the choice of spending some on a decent brand and then some on a mod, or, going for a plastic bucket job that played everything. UUmm, hard decision.
Whatever, for the last two years I have spent a small fortune on pokey plastic crud with blue displays from hell that play everything, sometimes, and usually for about a week, then go tits-up.
I sat through The Bourne Supremacy on my Yamada feeling like I should be munching a bucket of paper-pins. Watching the copy I made today on the Panasonic made me think of rustling-up some toffee popcorn.
If only there was firmware accessible on the net and not stuck in a cupboard at the service centre at Pansonic HQ.
Anyway, thanks for reminiscing with me,