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Question Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread ( AVS Forum DVD Players (Standard Def) )
Updated: 2008-05-17 14:15:52 (1985)
Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

I've seen a couple posts out there on this unit, but one is pretty much all about where to buy it, who has it in stock and how much is it. A new start for an owner's thread might be nice.

I've had my unit only for two days now. My first mega changer. Always used a single disc player, since they had awesome features, loads of power and played anything you threw at it. Seeing this unit was progressive scan and could play all that I needed it to, I went for it.

A few things that don't make much sense. No data backup. Usually electronics that you input data in have some kind of battery backup. You can spend literally hours entering your data in and then if the power goes out in your house it's all gone. It would have been nice if Sony included a small internal battery backup.

This thing wants to load a disc no matter what. If you don't want to load a disc and you are just browsing through the navigator, the unit still has to load a disc. It would have been nice if there was an option to manual load and not always want to start playing a disc.

The time it takes to search and load a disc is not an issue at all. I've seen people complain about this, but as impatient as I am, it does not bother me one bit.

Using component video cables now going directly into my receiver. May try HDMI out, but I doubt it will look any better. At least that's what I think. Does it give a better picture using the HDMI cable?

Michael

Answers: Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread ( AVS Forum DVD Players (Standard Def) )
Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by pinedsa
I like your setup, do you know if there is a wireless touch panel LCD available? Not a tablet PC, but a panel that actually displays and controls the main PC.
Viewsonic's wireless monitor line does this. In fact, it's what I currently use to control my cinemar software. I use an Airpanel 150, but here is a link to their current line.

http://www.viewsonic.com/products/de...elessmonitors/

They work by using RDP on Windows XP pro. But I think there's a hack for them to work on XP home.

BUT...I will say this: I don't really personally care for the wireless monitor solution. These units are very bulky (check out the size of them on the website), and fairly slow. This isn't due to the wireless technology, but the fact that Windows remote desktop is slow. The bulkiness makes them rather ungainly to carry around. If I could set it up all over again, I would make sure there is a "dual monitor" solution, one that goes to a WIRED touch panel monitor, while also going to my projector (or TV--whatever). That way I can control the cinemar software by the touchpanel in the location of the monitor, or by a remote control on the project screen (I have a slink-e) so I don't have to drag my fat butt over to the touchpanel to control it if I'm already on the couch.

The wireless monitor thing is a cool idea. But these viewsonics aren't the ace in the hold solution. And they're a PITA.

kevinp8192

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Can the 995 actually be controlled via HTPC with some of the software packages I hear mentioned here? My understanding was that the software only is used to list the movies with pictures, etc and you can put the movie track number (1 - 400)of the 995 somewhere in the comments of the software package for each movie, but then manually switch hands to the remote to plug in the track number and finally que up the movie.

Is there a one click on a computer monitor screen (with mouse) via HTPC to Sony 995 solution?

That would be really cool...

gary

garykagan

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

gary, yes you can control your changer with a PC. It's a powerful combination. However, with the 995 you need to work with infrared, and mimic remote control use. Through the short-sightedness of Sony, the 995 does not have a rs-232 (serial) port, or even a control A1 or S-Link port. This makes using your computer a little more complex, but people are doing it, and you can check for more information at www.cinemaronline.com .

On my setup, a list of movies and pictures shows up, I can click it, and have it automatically turn on my projector, change my processor to "DVD" and turn on the proper settings, and plays the DVD.

http://www.cinemaronline.com/dvdlobbypro.html

Using rs-232 with jukeboxes such as the CX777ES via rs-232, you can load a disc on a specific changer and go directly to a certain title and chapter (great for tv shows) with one simple command:

MLCX777ES|DiscDirect~<<CHANGERLOCATION>>~<<Title# (on the disc)>>~<<Chapter>>~<<ChangerNumber>>

On the 995/985 it's more complex, as you need additional equipment to output the IR, and then write a macro that mimics all the exact keys and pauses that you would need to press to go to a certain disc. But it can be done with the 995/985, just be prepared to knock your head on the wall getting it set up. The cinemar forum is very helpful, and there are a few people doing it this way.

kevinp8192

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by kevinp8192
Viewsonic's wireless monitor line does this. In fact, it's what I currently use to control my cinemar software. I use an Airpanel 150, but here is a link to their current line.

http://www.viewsonic.com/products/de...elessmonitors/

They work by using RDP on Windows XP pro. But I think there's a hack for them to work on XP home.


The wireless monitor thing is a cool idea. But these viewsonics aren't the ace in the hold solution. And they're a PITA.

OUCH!!!!!
From what I found, and it was only one source that showed having any of them on pricegrabber. Is that it's almost $700 for a refurbed V210, and I did not find anyone with new ones.

Johnla

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Danabw
Can you post a couple pics of it, please? I'd like to show the wife what I'm contemplating...
Well it still looks pretty much just like any normal 14" LCD monitor, except that it also has a clear add on screen also attached to it. It really doesn't change the looks of the monitor all that much, other than adding about 1/4"-3/8" of overall thickness to it. And other than that, I was also able to buy one that was black in color, so now you see the front frame around the LCD monitor as black in color, instead of the native silver/blue color of it.

It pretty much looks just like it shows here, on their "Installation Guide" page.
And the animated picture on the upper right, probably shows it best, on how little it really adds to as far changing the over all look of the monitor it's installed on.

http://www.magictouch.com/install_addon_monitor.html

Johnla

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by kevinp8192
gary, yes you can control your changer with a PC. It's a powerful combination. However, with the 995 you need to work with infrared, and mimic remote control use. Through the short-sightedness of Sony, the 995 does not have a rs-232 (serial) port, or even a control A1 or S-Link port. This makes using your computer a little more complex, but people are doing it, and you can check for more information at www.cinemaronline.com .

On my setup, a list of movies and pictures shows up, I can click it, and have it automatically turn on my projector, change my processor to "DVD" and turn on the proper settings, and plays the DVD.

http://www.cinemaronline.com/dvdlobbypro.html

Using rs-232 with jukeboxes such as the CX777ES via rs-232, you can load a disc on a specific changer and go directly to a certain title and chapter (great for tv shows) with one simple command:

MLCX777ES|DiscDirect~<<CHANGERLOCATION>>~<<Title# (on the disc)>>~<<Chapter>>~<<ChangerNumber>>

On the 995/985 it's more complex, as you need additional equipment to output the IR, and then write a macro that mimics all the exact keys and pauses that you would need to press to go to a certain disc. But it can be done with the 995/985, just be prepared to knock your head on the wall getting it set up. The cinemar forum is very helpful, and there are a few people doing it this way.
I did some research on this and most doing it this way use a product on this website: http://www.usbuirt.com/

I believe this device will send the IR signals out to the 995 or whatever device via IR from the PC software. Only $50 + Girder software needed for a total cost under $100. Beats buying the 777 at double the price of the 995 IMO.

Thanks very much for the information, It got me started on where to go from here.

Gary

garykagan

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Johnla
Well it still looks pretty much just like any normal 14" LCD monitor, except that it also has a clear add on screen also attached to it. It really doesn't change the looks of the monitor all that much, other than adding about 1/4"-3/8" of overall thickness to it. And other than that, I was also able to buy one that was black in color, so now you see the front frame around the LCD monitor as black in color, instead of the native silver/blue color of it.

It pretty much looks just like it shows here, on their "Installation Guide" page.
And the animated picture on the upper right, probably shows it best, on how little it really adds to as far changing the over all look of the monitor it's installed on.

http://www.magictouch.com/install_addon_monitor.html
Thanks...I have gotta find some time to look into this more....

Danabw

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by garykagan
I believe this device will send the IR signals out to the 995 or whatever device via IR from the PC software. Only $50 + Girder software needed for a total cost under $100. Beats buying the 777 at double the price of the 995 IMO.
I use a slink-e (www.nirvis.com -- now discontinued). But yes, the usbuirt will work the same. But just a bit of advice, just so you know up front: using IR isn't nearly as reliable. I still have some difficulties getting my cable box to work properly with the HTPC/slink-e/IR emitter solution. It's fine for turning equipment on and off, selecting inputs, or other stuff that require one or two button presses. But for selecting DVDs, remember that the numbers have to pressed the right amount of time, pauses programmed in between them, the enter key, etc. And even when you do get it right, it sometimes may not work reliably. What happens when automating IR with the cable box is that often I'll want to go to 173, and one of the numbers doesn't go through and I go to 17, 13, 73, etc, and other times it works perfectly. I can imagine a very similar scenario with the 985/995. I've heard stories on the cinemar forum and elsewhere of people who either dumped their 985 for a 777 or want to because it was just too much trouble.

But if you do decide to use the 995 with a PC solution, please keep us posted with how it turns out. Because I'd really like to have one of these.

kevinp8192

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Yeah I have both a Slink-E and the SAVR, that I use for my CD changer and the older 975P DVD changer. And I personally think that the Slink-E, is much better than the SAVR is, even though they both will work fine.
But I'd never trade the RS-232 connections of my 777ES's, to only use just either the Slink-E, SAVR or even a USBIRT on multiple DVD changers now. If it was just for one changer, then maybe, and that's a more like a probably not kinda maybe. But for use with multiple changers, there is just about no way. And absolutely, definitely, beyond a doubt, ain't no way at all, it's just not gonna happen, with just a USBIRT for use with multiple changers like I have.
That RS-232 control on the 777ES model has really spoiled me.

Johnla

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Bummer that Sony cost-controlled the RS-232 out of the 995 (at least I assume that's why)...given how well the 995 is working for me as-is, I guess I shouldn't whine too much about it...

Danabw

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Danabw
Bummer that Sony cost-controlled the RS-232 out of the 995 (at least I assume that's why)...given how well the 995 is working for me as-is, I guess I shouldn't whine too much about it...
very well said, I'm pretty happy with my 995 so far. Actually I've started watching some of DVDs which I've never opened (afterall who wants to watch all 350 DVDs). My only concern would be if in case something goes wrong and the database built in crashes than I'd be back to square one.

mjoshi

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

It's not so much that they cost controlled the RS-232 out of the 995, because none of the other models besides the 777ES had RS-232 either. The ES line is their premium line, so it's fitting that it has something "extra" like the RS-232 port and a 5 year warranty. But where the cost controlling was done, is that after their DVP-CX875P model, they dropped the inclusion of the Control A1/S-Link port from all their regular line of DVD changers. And even having just that port, would allow with the use of a Slink-E or a SAVR interface, a relatively easy way to connect up to 3 changers per interface for use with a PC and much of the software that has been mentioned here so far.

Johnla

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Johnla
It's not so much that they cost controlled the RS-232 out of the 995, because none of the other models besides the 777ES had RS-232 either. The ES line is their premium line, so it's fitting that it has something "extra" like the RS-232 port and a 5 year warranty. But where the cost controlling was done, is that after their DVP-CX875P model, they dropped the inclusion of the Control A1/S-Link port from all their regular line of DVD changers. And even having just that port, would allow with the use of a Slink-E or a SAVR interface, a relatively easy way to connect up to 3 changers per interface for use with a PC and much of the software that has been mentioned here so far.
OK...<sniff>...now I'm crying...you couldn't just leave us in the dark about that simple/cheap bit of HW Sony left off, and the nirvana we'd have if it was there, could you?

Waaaaaahhhhh....


Danabw

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

We'll I must say that I am more than impressed with this player.

I was worried that the interface would be big and clucnky and for the better part useless. Needless to say my doubts have been laid to rest.

I managed to use my Microsoft Wireless Keyboard with it (about 6 feet away)

The HDMI output works witha HDMI to DVI cable (12ft sent to my Syntax LT27HVS

SACD is nice but not phenominal. for the small number of SACD discs I have its good enough.

Video was the most impressive improvement IMO. 1280x720p looks as good if not better the some native HDTV Channels with my Comcast subscription.


Movies I viewed:

Staw Wars Episode III
The detail in this was just stunning, the scene that has the most improvement was the opera house you can make out the faces of the creatures in the crows and also the lightsabers had non aliasing at all.

Gladiator (DTS:ES)
All of the usual Aliasing (jaggies) are gone and the colors are much more vibrant and natural.


All in all I am really happy and me and my dad ahave figured out how to network the changer from my room to the theater downstairs. SO i will update later on that when its complete.

~Bob

khellandros66

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Danabw
OK...<sniff>...now I'm crying...you couldn't just leave us in the dark about that simple/cheap bit of HW Sony left off, and the nirvana we'd have if it was there, could you?
Sorry about that.... And yes it was a rather simple port interface, or at least by it's connection type it was. As it is only a standard mono 1/8" male mini phone plug connection, like this one.



Johnla

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Can anyone help out I got mine on Friday, spent the weekend loading my TV Collection into it. Now some titles were recognized most were not, I hooked up a keyboard and figured to start entering some titles tonight and the interesting thing was most of the disks in the Explorer had a Question mark next to them and would not let me edit. The only way I could get it to edit is to load the disk, the ? Would change to a Film Clip symbol and then I could edit the title. I'm not going to have to do this with over 400 disks in the changer am I? Has anyone experienced anything similar

Thanks Guys

Scarpad

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

hi guys, I just bought a Sony KDS 60A3000 HDTV and have been using my CX955V for a year or so now, with a regular Sony CRT, and really like it. I've got about 375 DVDs loaded right now (btw do NOT tip it when moving!)

Anyway I tried plugging the HDMI cable from the DVD player into the TV and can't seem to get a signal at all. The HDMI light on the player doesn't light up, I've tried a couple cables, all new from Monoprice, and all 3 HDMI inputs on the TV.

I've tried playing with the resolutions in the settings and still can't seem to get a picture. Works fine over component, but I'd really like to move to all HDMI cables.

I'm going to be getting a Denon receiver pretty soon (its shipping) so I guess I will try to plug the DVD player into that when it gets here, but I would like to watch some DVDs in the meantime.

Curr

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread


sharp_1

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Curr
I've tried playing with the resolutions in the settings and still can't seem to get a picture. Works fine over component, but I'd really like to move to all HDMI cables.

Guess you skipped over reading that part Sharp_1?

Thanks for trying, I guess.

Curr

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Curr
hi guys, I just bought a Sony KDS 60A3000 HDTV and have been using my CX955V for a year or so now, with a regular Sony CRT, and really like it. I've got about 375 DVDs loaded right now (btw do NOT tip it when moving!)

Anyway I tried plugging the HDMI cable from the DVD player into the TV and can't seem to get a signal at all. The HDMI light on the player doesn't light up, I've tried a couple cables, all new from Monoprice, and all 3 HDMI inputs on the TV.

I've tried playing with the resolutions in the settings and still can't seem to get a picture. Works fine over component, but I'd really like to move to all HDMI cables.

I'm going to be getting a Denon receiver pretty soon (its shipping) so I guess I will try to plug the DVD player into that when it gets here, but I would like to watch some DVDs in the meantime.
Have you updated the firmware on the 995? I believe the firmware fixes issues with HDMI handshake and certain SONY tv sets. I bet this is your problem. Bloody Sony and their overzealous DRM crap.

From SONY:
"This utility updates the firmware of the DVP-CX995V and provides the following benefits:

* Resolves an issue where certain televisions that support the new xvYCC color feature (x.v.Color?), may show no video and/or play no audio when connected to the DVD player using HDMI? connections. This may occur with televisions manufactured by Sony or by other manufacturers.
NOTE:This issue occurs only when using the DVD player as the source device for the program being viewed on the television. Audio and video viewed from other sources, or via connections other than HDMI, are unaffected by this issue. This is an HDMI error found within the DVD player and is not a problem with the televisionís HDMI connection.
* Improves playback compatibility with certain DVD discs. "

You can download the firmware here: DVP-CX995V firmware

Todd Scott

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Great find Todd, I thank you very much for it. I'll apply that when I get home, as with the latest one for my A3000 too. Hopefully I'll report back later with good news.

Curr

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Todd Scott
Have you updated the firmware on the 995? I believe the firmware fixes issues with HDMI handshake and certain SONY tv sets. I bet this is your problem. Bloody Sony and their overzealous DRM crap.

From SONY:
"This utility updates the firmware of the DVP-CX995V and provides the following benefits:

* Resolves an issue where certain televisions that support the new xvYCC color feature (x.v.Color?), may show no video and/or play no audio when connected to the DVD player using HDMI? connections. This may occur with televisions manufactured by Sony or by other manufacturers.
NOTE:This issue occurs only when using the DVD player as the source device for the program being viewed on the television. Audio and video viewed from other sources, or via connections other than HDMI, are unaffected by this issue. This is an HDMI error found within the DVD player and is not a problem with the televisionís HDMI connection.
* Improves playback compatibility with certain DVD discs. "

You can download the firmware here: DVP-CX995V firmware
Worked like a champ!! Thank you very much Todd...

Now to just figure out what looks best... do I use 1080i from the DVD player or let the TV scale the picture... thanks again!

Curr

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Curr
Worked like a champ!! Thank you very much Todd...

Now to just figure out what looks best... do I use 1080i from the DVD player or let the TV scale the picture... thanks again!
That's great! At least the firmware does something good for someone. I upgraded my firmware just for the incompatibility issue with certain DVD's.

Todd Scott

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Still, better to try cleaning the lens before throwing it in the garbage. I've had a problem with a dirty lens in several players before, and still use a lens cleaning disc in them, from time to time. But, not in the 995, I don't want a jam.

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kjbawc

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by kjbawc
Still, better to try cleaning the lens before throwing it in the garbage. I've had a problem with a dirty lens in several players before, and still use a lens cleaning disc in them, from time to time. But, not in the 995, I don't want a jam.

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I think I will attempt to clean the lens before tossing the player. Something tells me that the player is a goner, however. I have experienced a dirty lens before and it has normally shown signs of skipping, rather than completely cutting out. I had absolutely no warning it just quit. In my experience with PCs, this is normally a failure of hardware and leads to replacement. Thanks for all the assistance and I'll let you all know what happens.

silverbullet763

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

well im thinking of selling my 400-disc..I've seen a lot of the discs and like others have reported...a LOT of them keep getting those weird moon-shaped scratches on the edges of them...and i am worried that ill have to replace them eventually if it continues...is there anyway to fix this? cuz my dvd player is def out of warranty now...

Animemaniac14

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Take off the cover and watch it as you change discs. Use discs that are already scratched. My guess is there's a bit of dirt or foreign material stuck to part of the disc handling mechanism.

Todd Scott

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Todd Scott
Take off the cover and watch it as you change discs. Use discs that are already scratched. My guess is there's a bit of dirt or foreign material stuck to part of the disc handling mechanism.
is there anyway to clean that off?

Animemaniac14

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Animemaniac14
is there anyway to clean that off?
A small can of compressed air will work wonders. Clean everywhere the discs touch including the entire carousel.

Todd Scott

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Todd Scott
A small can of compressed air will work wonders. Clean everywhere the discs touch including the entire carousel.
i will try this and then test it out on a couple old discs! thanks for the advice!

Animemaniac14

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Curr
Worked like a champ!! Thank you very much Todd...

Now to just figure out what looks best... do I use 1080i from the DVD player or let the TV scale the picture... thanks again!
Glad to see you got it to work. Sorry to send you back to the manual if you tried that technique already. Sometimes a re-read of the manual helps catch a step you might have missed before.

What did you end up doing? 1080i out of the player or upscale at the TV?

sharp_1

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Todd Scott
A small can of compressed air will work wonders. Clean everywhere the discs touch including the entire carousel.
although i am a bit curious about something...how could dust be scratching up my discs? or could it be something else?

Animemaniac14

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Animemaniac14
although i am a bit curious about something...how could dust be scratching up my discs? or could it be something else?
Obviously dust would not scratch a disc. I'm talking about dirt, sand, bit's of plastic slag from improperly made discs, etc.

Todd Scott

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Todd Scott
Obviously dust would not scratch a disc. I'm talking about dirt, sand, bit's of plastic slag from improperly made discs, etc.

True, the disc itself could even be the source of whatever material might be floating about inside the player and is causing scratching in some cases. Sony even advises you to "burnish" the edge of a new disk in the owners manual, with something like a pen or pencil before placing it in the player. In order to remove any loose plastic that may be leftover from the disc molding process.

Johnla

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Anyone using a Harmony 1000 with the 400 disc changer?

I am thinkin of picking up this changer...wish I would have gotten in on the Fry's deal but will probably just go through Amazon now...unless someone know a better deal than $299 shipped 2 day.

Thanks!

Gruson

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

The instructions for the firmware update are simple. Yet I am holding in the stop button on the player and pressing the 1 button and when I let go it comes on and starts playing a disk. Am I supposed to keep holding in until it displays the no disk? I have a new tv that will not except the hdmi.

jgibo1

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Animemaniac14
so again, has anyone experienced small scratches aroudn their discs when they take them out? im afraid to put the discs back in due to any scratches that may occur

and can someone please tell me how to install the firmware?
Having unit sitting in front of me in pieces (I have the “Cannot Read” any disk problem) I can offer a few comments on the "moon shaped" scratches issue:

While I don't have this problem, by looking inside the unit, if the scratches are around the edge of the disk as I've read in other posts, then I would say that you have dust or grit in the feed armature that picks up the disk from the carousel and puts it in the laser unit. This part is very easy to clean and doesn’t require more than a regular Phillips screwdriver and some cotton swabs. There are 2x screws on the top, 2x on the sides, and 3x across the top back of the unit. Remove these and the whole top comes off and you can get easy access to the feed arm. Probably take you 10mins including the cleaning to have it apart and put back to together

Longboardebo

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by silverbullet763
I think I will attempt to clean the lens before tossing the player. Something tells me that the player is a goner, however. I have experienced a dirty lens before and it has normally shown signs of skipping, rather than completely cutting out. I had absolutely no warning it just quit. In my experience with PCs, this is normally a failure of hardware and leads to replacement. Thanks for all the assistance and I'll let you all know what happens.
I'm having the exact same problem with my C995V. It won't read any disc you put in it. I've dissembled the player to clean the lens and also to check to make sure it’s not something mechanical.

So I’m sitting here with the unit in pieces (its actually pretty straight forward to take it apart – only one screw seems to be an after thought). I can tell you that I think it doesn’t have anything to do with the laser itself, but rather the positioning of the carriage that moves the laser down the disk. The reason I say this is that if you move the laser out of this “home” position, and then put in the a disk it can read it. However, do it a second time (it returns to “home” after it ejects the first disk) it can’t read it.

I’m playing around with a small micro switch which seems to be the indicator for the home position. If this proves wrong then its time for a new laser unit.

Anyone have ideas where you can buy the laser unit for these? Is there a Parts Web site?

Longboardebo

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quick question....

Let's say I have it full, with 400 discs.

What happens if I take 1 disc out to play it in a different DVD player?

Will it still save the information for that slot?

Or, will I have to re-enter it every time I take a DVD out and put it back in?

Anyone have a picture of what the list of movies looks like? How can you sort it all?

Thanks

Gruson

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Ok - So I've cleaned the lens, messed around with the microswitch and the optical pickup unit just seems shot. So I've now its time to replace the laser unit.

Here are few points that may help others looking to DIY replace the laser unit.

a) The laser unit is called an "optical pickup assembly" in repair parts speak

b) The laser units don't appear to have a part number actually ON the unit (how nice!) but they have a cryptic description on a sticker. The first numbers letters in the upper right corner are the description. The rest of the numbers appear to be useless in finding the replacement part. (Although I'm open to an education on this!)

c) In the case of DVP-CX995v the unit you need is called a "DBU3" "or DBU-3". The attached document is a picture of the unit.

d) AND the PART NUMBER you need to replace it is
Part Number: A1067676A
Descriptions: OPTICAL PICKUP ASSY DBU3
This is the whole laser pickup with the disk motor and carriage, etc.
They don't sell the sub parts only the Service Assy.

e) Here are some links to suppliers I've found, I have no idea if they are reputable:
alltronic.com.sg ($10.00 I'm very suspect but its there as overstock)
servicesplus.us.sony.biz ($93.11 - I'm not sure they will sell to DIY)

f) After removing the cover from the unit it takes about 15mins to replace the laser and then to replace all the screws. I would recommend testing it before you put all the screws together.

I'll report back after I've made the replacement and if it worked...

Longboardebo

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gruson
Quick question....

Let's say I have it full, with 400 discs.

What happens if I take 1 disc out to play it in a different DVD player?

Will it still save the information for that slot?

Or, will I have to re-enter it every time I take a DVD out and put it back in?

Anyone have a picture of what the list of movies looks like? How can you sort it all?

Thanks
Info will only be erased if the unit knows the slot is empty. So, if you don't rotate the carousel in such a way that it detects an empty slot, before you replace the disc, the info will be retained. Easiest way is to turn the knob to a disc near the one you want to take out, remove the disc you want, and leave the carousel in the same position until you replace the disc. But DO NOT remove the disc with the eject button, or the info will be wiped.

kjbawc

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

I really want to get a large changer.

Is this the best one released? I believe Pioneer made one, any opinions on that one?

I am nervous that after all of my titles are entered, they will be lost. <sigh>

Is it worth it to buy the APC UPS for backup power?

Gruson

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

The Sony 777es was released earlier, but has some attractive features the 995 doesn't, like hooking up to the internet to catalog your DVDs. I think they are still available. They have been discussed on this thread, many months ago. You could search the thread, and get some more info. Aside from that, the 995 is the thing to get.

kjbawc

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by sharp_1
Glad to see you got it to work. Sorry to send you back to the manual if you tried that technique already. Sometimes a re-read of the manual helps catch a step you might have missed before.

What did you end up doing? 1080i out of the player or upscale at the TV?
Currently I'm just letting the TV upscale, and on older DVDs it's not noticably better than letting the DVD player do it, on newer DVDs it seems like a visible improvement. YMMV as each person has differences in what makes a good picture to them.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gruson
Anyone using a Harmony 1000 with the 400 disc changer?

I am thinkin of picking up this changer...wish I would have gotten in on the Fry's deal but will probably just go through Amazon now...unless someone know a better deal than $299 shipped 2 day.

Thanks!
While not using the Harmony 1000, I am using the new Harmony One and it works like a charm, I really love it, and so does my wife.

Curr

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Nice to know that the Harmony One does well with this (I assume you're using a CSV file to do media entry?). My wife and I have been looking for a good DVD changer solution, and this seems like the best option (especially given that the remote control can obviate the issues with the player forgetting everything it knows).

I guess the only other issues I would have to worry about would be mechanical, right?

erwos

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gruson

Is it worth it to buy the APC UPS for backup power?
That is a good question...I know that has been asked a few times on here but I can't seem to find the answer....I have a 995 myself and am wondering if for some reason there is a power outage, how long or even if the 995 will retain the movie title information? I have heard that the 995 does not contain anykind of ram or anything so I am not sure that it will retain anything....but at the same time I have unplugged my 995 to move it or something and when plugged back in the movie titles are still there (knock on wood)???

Anyone have any answers to this?

Thanks,
Michael

M1chael

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

It wouldn't be possible, since the SACD decoder is in the 995. So, its outputs are analog.

kjbawc

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

I know it's hidden somewhere in this thread...but how do you update the firmware for the DVP-CX995? and i thought i saw something where you could change the software that makes it so you can input information/the title tags for the dvd player? i'm new to this thread so i apologize for any dumb questions..

Animemaniac14

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Animemaniac14
I know it's hidden somewhere in this thread...but how do you update the firmware for the DVP-CX995? and i thought i saw something where you could change the software that makes it so you can input information/the title tags for the dvd player? i'm new to this thread so i apologize for any dumb questions..
Um, the CX995 already has the disc title feature. If the DVD has the title embedded then the 995 will read it and put it in the BROWSER.
You can update the firmware by downloading the firmware and burning it to a CD as per Sony's instructions.

Todd Scott

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Todd Scott
Um, the CX995 already has the disc title feature. If the DVD has the title embedded then the 995 will read it and put it in the BROWSER.
You can update the firmware by downloading the firmware and burning it to a CD as per Sony's instructions.
Unfortunately, only a small percentage of disks seem to have this information, making it pretty darn useless. But the feature IS there....

nocturne1

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by nocturne1
Unfortunately, only a small percentage of disks seem to have this information, making it pretty darn useless. But the feature IS there....
Yep. Very few DVD's have this info. Most Sony pictures DVD's have title info. I did say "IF" BTW.

Todd Scott

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Animemaniac14
I know it's hidden somewhere in this thread...but how do you update the firmware for the DVP-CX995? and i thought i saw something where you could change the software that makes it so you can input information/the title tags for the dvd player? i'm new to this thread so i apologize for any dumb questions..
What I would do I catalog all my DVD's into a free software available online called DVD Profiler there is also a free plugin that you can use to control the Sony DVP-CX995 if you buy a little IR blaster called a USB-UIRT for $55.00...best money I spent. Good Luck!!!
+ + =

sharp_1

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

That's pretty cool. So you would need a HTPC or a dedicated PC/laptop just for controlling the changer? The plugin seems a bit complicated at first pass.

I'm not sure something like this would work for me. I already have an MX900 remote and RF/IR base station which I have programmed a series of macros to directly select DVD's by number. I have the full DVD Profiler and I print coffee table books with a listing of all my DVD's listed by slot # to use with my MX900 remote. Works pretty good. But now you got my wheels turning. A touch screen or color PDA would make a really cool user interface.

Todd Scott

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by sharp_1
What I would do I catalog all my DVD's into a free software available online called DVD Profiler there is also a free plugin that you can use to control the Sony DVP-CX995 if you buy a little IR blaster called a USB-UIRT for $55.00...best money I spent. Good Luck!!!
+ + =
can you ellaborate a little more, exactly what does this do?

evan1

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Todd Scott
That's pretty cool. So you would need a HTPC or a dedicated PC/laptop just for controlling the changer? The plugin seems a bit complicated at first pass....But now you got my wheels turning. A touch screen or color PDA would make a really cool user interface.
Yes you would need a HTPC to control the changer with the DVD Profiler plugin. I am currently using a ELO touch screen I picked up off ebay for $125 and a freeware front-end software called xLobby to control my DVP-CX777ES 400 DVD MegaChanger...here's my setup if you care to see it. Since this photo I have added the touch screen. Works great!!!

The solution I am talking about above was something I was looking at doing until I found xLobby....now I'm hooked. Another solution for those of us with the Sony DVP-CX777ES Changer that I am experimenting with is Vista Media Center with a freeware plugin MyMovies which imports all your DVD Profiler information and controls your RS-232 changer...including location and slot numbers.... it will cost a little bit more $$$. By the way, if you are a Netflix user...a new plugin just came out today for Vista Media Center that lets you select and stream thousands of Netflix movies on your TV!!!! It's called MyNetflix.

DVD Changer what $200
HTPC - ??? you could use the home PC if you don't want to spend anything
DVD Profiler - Free
DVD Pro plugin - Free
Touchscreen - $125
USB-UIRT - $55 + ship
Awesome setup for around $380.00

sharp_1

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

sharp_1 I don't see a picture.

Any idea if xLobby can control the USB-UIRT module or is it strictly RS232? My 995 doesn't have RS232.

Todd Scott

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

couple questions..


1. how do you install the firmware on the player?

2. does anyone else notice a ring of scratches around their discs as a result of the player? cuz i am reorganizing it and i notice A LOT of my discs (ones that were immediately put into the player from being opened) have a scratch ring aroudn them. I'm a little worried to put ne of my discs back in there...anyone else have suggestions or similar stories? or even better...solutions?

Animemaniac14

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Todd Scott
I'm not sure something like this would work for me. I already have an MX900 remote and RF/IR base station which I have programmed a series of macros to directly select DVD's by number. I have the full DVD Profiler and I print coffee table books with a listing of all my DVD's listed by slot # to use with my MX900 remote. Works pretty good. But now you got my wheels turning. A touch screen or color PDA would make a really cool user interface.
Todd Scott-

I have a URC as well and your quote about how you have macros set up to directly select DVD's by number? That is interesting..can you elaborate more on this? I too have a print out (excel) for viewing the movies by genre in a coffee table drawer.

Thanks,
Michael

M1chael

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Yes , how do y0u even select a dvd by number even with the regular remote?

evan1

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by evan1
Yes , how do y0u even select a dvd by number even with the regular remote?
Press DISPLAY on the remote
Press ENTER on the remote
Enter the slot number of the disc you would like to play using the keypad
Press DISPLAY twice to get the OSD off the screen.

I will copy and paste my macros and how I use the MX900 later tonight.

Todd Scott

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

wow that is good to know,I always thought you could do that but that owners manual SUCKS

evan1

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by evan1
wow that is good to know,I always thought you could do that but that owners manual SUCKS
Yeah it does. This method for direct disc selection is not even mentioned in the manual.

Todd Scott

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Todd Scott
Any idea if xLobby can control the USB-UIRT module or is it strictly RS232? My 995 doesn't have RS232.
Yes, xLobby can control the both the IR and RS-232 changers.

Take a look at some of the skins that have been designed in xLobby...pretty cool stuff!!!

sharp_1

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by sharp_1
Yes, xLobby can control the both the IR and RS-232 changers.

Take a look at some of the skins that have been designed in xLobby...pretty cool stuff!!!
Awesome stuff. Thanks for the link.

Todd Scott

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by M1chael
Todd Scott-

I have a URC as well and your quote about how you have macros set up to directly select DVD's by number? That is interesting..can you elaborate more on this? I too have a print out (excel) for viewing the movies by genre in a coffee table drawer.

Thanks,
Michael
I created a separate device called "select" and created the screen to look as follows:



Here is the macro for the START button which prepares the 995 for direct entry:
1 STOP DVD.261
2 <DELAY 2.0>
3 DISPLAY DVD.261
4 <DELAY 3.0>
5 ENTER DVD.261

(DVD.261 is the code for the DVP-CX995V)

Then you select the DVD # from the keypad.

This is the macro for the DONE button which you press after you selected your DVD:
1 ENTER DVD.261
2 <DELAY 5.0>
3 DISPLAY DVD.261
4 <DELAY 3.0>
5 <JUMP> Navigation -

The JUMP command tells the remote to go back to the screen that called the SELECT screen up. This is a really powerful function which allows the remote to do little sub menus.

Notice the long delays. The 995 is a real dog when it comes to processing instructions from the remote. I have the optional RF base station and IR flashers so I don't need to point the remote at the DVD player. It could be a real nuisance using IR.

So give that a whirl.

Todd Scott

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

so again, has anyone experienced small scratches aroudn their discs when they take them out? im afraid to put the discs back in due to any scratches that may occur

and can someone please tell me how to install the firmware?

Animemaniac14

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Animemaniac14

and can someone please tell me how to install the firmware?

Instructions can be found here http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu...d=2824&os_id=7

Johnla

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Animemaniac14
so again, has anyone experienced small scratches aroudn their discs when they take them out? im afraid to put the discs back in due to any scratches that may occur
Here's another post similar to what you are experiencing:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...postcount=1493

wjjz106

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

I have noticed the scratches as well. I have owned this unit for approximately 16 months and I am now getting a Cannot read disc error for all discs loaded. Since the warranty is up, Sony was no help. They only offered to trade a refurbished model for my apparently broken one at basically the price of a new one. I'm currently not willing to spend that kind of money again for a refurbished model no less. Anyone had this problem and managed to fix it? I've tried unplugging and plugging the unit in again, I've unloaded all discs and attempted to play just one, playing a CD rather than a DVD, and nothing works. The unit is in an all adult environment and has only seen light use so I was very surprised to not get at least three years out of the product.

silverbullet763

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

I pulled out a few discs to inspect on my approximately 2 year old 995. No scratches found. (knock on wood). If this unit ever goes belly up it will be my first and last Sony product. I will go the media server route next time. To me the 995 could have been the ultimate DVD changer if Sony had put a little more effort into it. But the user interface lacks so many useful features, is clumsy, slow to respond, and of course there is the annoying undefeatable "must read disc before continuing" feature.
On the other hand the unit very sharp looking, with incredibly good picture and sound.

Todd Scott

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Many ways of defeating the "must read" thing have been mentioned here. I recently discovered another. Just bring up the display, and enter the number of the disc you want to go to. It goes immediately, without reading the disc it was on.

kjbawc

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

It isn't the must read feature issue. The unit won't play discs that were previously recognized. The unit won't play any discs at all and the disc explorer is inaccessible. The unit froze while I was watching a disc. I powered it off and back on only to get "Cannot Play Disc" error on the front display. This occurs for all 200 titles loaded. The tray still rotates and the door will open and close, but when it attempts to read a disc it fails. I'm sorry if I was too vague before. It appears to be a hardware issue, but I thought someone here may have managed to fix this and restore functionality. Thanks for the reply and any suggestions are appreciated.

silverbullet763

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

I tried to do the firmware update and I think it bricked my player. I followed the instructions correctly, but it never displayed anything about updating or anything except that it was a firmware disc and the picture on the screen displayed some distorted pixelized pictures before shutting down . Now when I power up it says "Sony DVD" and then shuts itself off. No tray rotation, no door opening or anything. I took the top off to look for a jammed up disc, but there are no issues. Anybody know how to hard reset other than unplugging it because that didn't help thoughout the entire weekend? I wish I never downloaded the firmware. I guess I was hoping for a better handshake between my DVD player, receiver, and TV. I had no issues with it until now. I have it outputing 480p via HDMI through to an Onkyo 905 with a Reon VP in it. I'm really going to miss it and I may have to bite the bullet and buy a new one if they are still available. I used it for my Simpsons and Family Guy collection and a ton of TV shows, etc. It's a shame Sony didn't make a new one that outputs 480i via HDMI. An external VP would handle the resolution even better that way. If anybody knows a solution or how to help, please do. Thanks in advance.

stevesns69

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by silverbullet763
It isn't the must read feature issue. The unit won't play discs that were previously recognized. The unit won't play any discs at all and the disc explorer is inaccessible. The unit froze while I was watching a disc. I powered it off and back on only to get "Cannot Play Disc" error on the front display. This occurs for all 200 titles loaded. The tray still rotates and the door will open and close, but when it attempts to read a disc it fails. I'm sorry if I was too vague before. It appears to be a hardware issue, but I thought someone here may have managed to fix this and restore functionality. Thanks for the reply and any suggestions are appreciated.
I don't think the two posts about the "must read" thing were in response to you.

Your problem might be something as simple as a dirty lens. With most players, I would recommend a cleaner disc. But, the 995 doesn't like things thicker than a normal disc, so a cleaner disc might jam up. If you feel comfortable opening the unit up, and using some canned air on it, or maybe a swab with a drop of carbon tet, try and clean it yourself. Otherwise, it is definitely worth a trip to a local repair shop, to see if it can be fixed cheaply.

kjbawc

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

"Your problem might be something as simple as a dirty lens."

I would agree with this. For me, a Q-tip and rubbing alchohol has repaired many optical drives over the years. It would require some disassembly, but it might be just the ticket.

masstch

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Cleaning the lens is not likely to help. It is more likely a failure of the laser mechanism or focusing element. There was a reason why you could buy replacement lasers for the original Sony Playstation, because Sony laser pickups are crap.

Todd Scott

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by kjbawc
BTW, power loss will not cause info loss on the 995.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Todd Scott
Great info.

Correct. I have titled about 150 DVDs on my 995. My unit was unplugged many times while I built an equipment room for my in-wall rack. Sometimes the 995 was without power for more than a few days at a time. All titles were still there when I plugged it back in. HOWEVER, I was watching a movie on the 995 when the power went out for about 3 seconds. Then the power went on-off-on very quickly. After this all my titles were wiped out. So the unit is very sensitive to brown outs and small power failures. I bought a UPS to plug in my 995,PVR,XBOX,router, and haven't had any issues yet. A few days ago a car went through a stop sign two blocks from my house and took out the hydro pole. The UPS kicked in and the 995 still has all it's titles. Long term use of the UPS will tell for sure if it is helping.
Just wanted to post a follow up after refining my search...looks like some answers to the whole power loss questions....I am still not very confident in unplugging the 995....pretty nervous when you talk about hours of entering in titles and other information...I am not sure how the unit can retain the title / information without some sort of RAM though?

Oh well, guess you just have to roll the dice.......

M1chael

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Lame, I just found out the Harmony 1000 does NOT support CSV files at this time.

Great...

Gruson

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

MY power was out for six days, and I lost no info. Lost a lot of patience with the power co., though...

kjbawc

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

After the firmware update is complete, does the changer lose all the manually entered title information?

007james

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by 007james
After the firmware update is complete, does the changer lose all the manually entered title information?
This has been discussed already. You will not lose titles after a firmware update.

Todd Scott

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

I just got this unit...mainly for my son and loaded it up with all the Disney movies, etc.

However, I notice a "popping" noise at random times. It is random but almost always happens when I go to the file menu or a DVD's menu. It is two small consecutive "pops" coming from my speakers.

I searched the thread and others have had the same problem...not sure why though.

I am using HDMI out for video to my TV and RCA (left/right) to a receiver for audio.

I will try replacing the cables first since turning off different audio options did not solve it.

Any other ideas?

I thought that maybe the issue could be using HDMI out for video but not audio...

Gruson

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

I recently purchased a couple more of these players to put in my bedroom (I have a crazy big DVD collection). So now I'm trying to find a stand or cabinet that I can put them into.

The depth is quite daunting, especially since the disk load mechanism sticks out even farther. This isn't an issue in my other room because I have built in shelves that are very deep.

So far, I've found this stand that looks like it will work, though it is a bit on the pricey side:

http://www.omnimount.com/consumer/pr...urrentId=4.4.3

Any recommendations? It doesn't have to be open, and can be a cabinet with opaque doors as I'll probably route the IR directly to the players regardless. The trick is finding one deep enough that also isn't 45" wide (I don't have enough space for something that wide).

Sean

splogue

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Are you sure those are deep enough?

My solution was to put mine on the top of a tripod rack, and make a deeper shelf. Of course for three, that won't help you. But, most any rack with an open back would let you use deeper shelves. If you have wood working skills, those are easy to make. Another possibility is to go to a plastics place, and have shelves made from 3/8" (or thicker) plexiglas in a size and color to suit the rack. I did that for my Denon AVR. I used black plexi, with a polished front edge. Looks great!

kjbawc

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

The cx777es does not have an internet connection. It does have an RS-232 port which can be used by a pc with the proper spftware or an Escient fireball. I have several cx777es units and like them very much.

If I didn't have fireballs and cx777es, I was going to buy several 985s; I was thinking that it shouldn't be too hard to build an rs-232 to keyboard encoder and then use a pc to send the disc information right into the 985 via the keyboard port. My thought was to use dvdprofiler to generate a list of all the dvds ( in order ) then take the text file from dvdprofiler and process it in excel, add the formating necessary to make the 985 happy ( tab, arrow keys, returns, etc) Then just paste that processed text file into hyperterm and have it talk to the keyboard emulator. I suspect that it would be slow, but it beats typing in hundreds of discs. The other advantage is that if the 985 "forgets" what is in it, it would be trivial to send the files to it again.


Quote:
Originally Posted by kjbawc
The Sony 777es was released earlier, but has some attractive features the 995 doesn't, like hooking up to the internet to catalog your DVDs. I think they are still available. They have been discussed on this thread, many months ago. You could search the thread, and get some more info. Aside from that, the 995 is the thing to get.

Sailn

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Thanks for the correction. I don't have a 777es. So, you connect it to a PC, but can't you import info from websites, like IMDb, to store on the 777? Perhaps that's what was in my foggy memory...

kjbawc

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by kjbawc
Are you sure those are deep enough?

My solution was to put mine on the top of a tripod rack, and make a deeper shelf. Of course for three, that won't help you. But, most any rack with an open back would let you use deeper shelves. If you have wood working skills, those are easy to make. Another possibility is to go to a plastics place, and have shelves made from 3/8" (or thicker) plexiglas in a size and color to suit the rack. I did that for my Denon AVR. I used black plexi, with a polished front edge. Looks great!
Interesting idea! I do have an existing rack that I may be able to modify to remove the panel from the back to allow them to overhang the shelves in the rear.

The omnimount stand appears to have large enough shelves from the specs, but if I go that route I'll try to find one locally and go over there with a tape measure to make sure.

Sean

splogue

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Please somebody help me. I need this player Region Free and if is possible play PAL DVDs.

Thank you all

canino98

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by canino98
Please somebody help me. I need this player Region Free and if is possible play PAL DVDs.

Thank you all
I believe this player is not code free, and can not play PAL material. However, the older model, DVP-CX985V, can be modified.

wjjz106

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by canino98
Please somebody help me. I need this player Region Free and if is possible play PAL DVDs.

Thank you all
Check out www.jvbdigital.com They modify lots of players to be code free, and play PAL. They have both the 985, and the 777es.

kjbawc

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

I keep hearing that the 995 has an option for "command 1/2/3". I must have the cheap model as there is NO way to set this! I there is no way, how do you people that have 2 or more control each one separatly?
Thanks... Bill

pomonabill220

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by pomonabill220
I keep hearing that the 995 has an option for "command 1/2/3". I must have the cheap model as there is NO way to set this! I there is no way, how do you people that have 2 or more control each one separatly?
Thanks... Bill
I believe there are dip switches in the battery compartment and then you do something on the front panel of the unit. try downloading the owners manual if you do not have one

evan1

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by pomonabill220
I keep hearing that the 995 has an option for "command 1/2/3". I must have the cheap model as there is NO way to set this! I there is no way, how do you people that have 2 or more control each one separatly?
Thanks... Bill
Yes there is indeed a way to do it. Read the manual! On page 16, it shows you exactly how to do it.

If you don't have the manual, here is the link for it in PDF form.

http://129.33.22.12/release/DVPCX995V.pdf

Johnla

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by wjjz106
I believe this player is not code free, and can not play PAL material. However, the older model, DVP-CX985V, can be modified.
I have the dvp-cx985v. How can this be modified to run region free? Also is there any difference between the 985 and the 995 except the hdmi port? I read a couple pages back about a dvd plugin to allow htpc to control the changer. That would be neat if it works on the 985 as well. Oh and btw I didnt have the remote for the unit but I bought a harmony 550 from ecost.com for 59 bux and it controls all the features perfectly Great deal since the remote for the dvp-cx985v on ebay was 65 bux! hehe.

skippy911

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by skippy911
I have the dvp-cx985v. How can this be modified to run region free?
There are services out there that would provide this modification for a cost.
Post #1964 has indicated one web site that would be able to modify your changer to run region-free. There are others web sites as well.

wjjz106

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

So I guess its not as easy as a remote control code? I have some japanese movies I would like to watch on the unit so I wouldnt being needing pal -> ntsc or vice versa.

skippy911

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

Is very frustrating for me too , a have a lot of spanish films. I ended to buy a region free/pal/ntsc dvd player (phillips 5982) and put on top of the 995 and use the 995 as a dvd storage

canino98

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

If you have a DVD burner in your PC's, then just buy one of the popular programs to copy DVD's that can also strip away the region codes. Problem solved! And for a lot less money than paying someone to mod a 995, that is if they even can. Because JVB digital does not have a mod available for the 995, but they do show one at a price of $390 to mod the circuit board of a CX985 for region free. Where as a good DVD copy program is about $75-$100. And the copies would work on any future DVD player you would also own.

Johnla

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

I'm already tried that, with DVD Decrypter and DVD Shrink, I author each dvd changing region from 2 to 1, or 2 to 0 without any success can you appoint me to the right direction? Thanks a lot

canino98

Sony DVP-CX995V owner's thread

DVD Decrypter is a old program that is no longer current or supported anymore. And there will never be any updates for it. Check out the programs that SlySoft has, they offer great support and their programs are updated as needed.

Johnla

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