Question about Sony BDP-S300 Blu-Ray Disc Player
When a blu ray movie is inserted we get an error - "Can't play". Regular DVD's work fine.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Player suddenly freezes
Try running a dvd cleaner through it first, before trying anything else (the type that looks like a DVD with a brush underneath).
The regular DVD might have been a fluke (scratches, rental?, burned dvd?)
Was there anything special about the new Blu-Ray Disc - what was the tile? On certain titles, you may need the firmware upgrade found at:
Posted on Mar 07, 2008
SOURCE: Blu-ray disc
In order to play Blu-Ray discs, you must unfortunately own a Blu-Ray player. Neither HD-DVD players nor Progressive Scan/Upconvert DVD players are capable of playing the discs, and standard DVD players are not able to recognize information on the discs due to how they are constructed.
Please keep in mind that there are always a number of options available to you, should you consider purchasing a Blu-Ray player. While the average asking price with many retailers for stand-alone Blu-Ray players is between $300.00 and $500.00, you can typically obtain an internal Blu-Ray drive for your computer for considerably less. Additionally, the Playstation 3 may also be a viable alternative - the current 40GB model not only plays Blu-Ray discs, but also has the added perk of being a video game console for around the same price as the average stand-alone Blu-Ray player.
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Posted on Jun 02, 2008
SOURCE: My Blu-ray keeps saying no disc.
This can be caused by a number of different things, some simple ones are:
- Unplug for 5 minutes then replug, this will reset the processor and it may smarten up (just like rebooting a computer)
- Take the unit apart and using a Q-tip and lens cleaner gently clean off the lens of the laser...only do this is you feel comfortable. If there is a hair or obstruction on the lens it will not read discs. If it is still under warranty, send it in first before you take it apart, it may void warranty.
- If the above two do not work then the transport mechanism may be defective and the repair would be around 100 -150 dollars, which is probably not worth repairing and it is best to look at a replacement machine.
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Posted on Jan 20, 2010
I assume you tried the software update after the unit failed. If it quit working because of the firmware update, you may have received a corrupted file. In that case, try downloading a new copy on a different computer or to different media, and repeat the update.
If (assuming hardware problems and not bad firmware) it cannot play any optical disk, not even audio or photo CDs, I would suspect the laser in the optical drive has gone bad. Replacement is not a lot of work, but the part is probably about $50. I think it's likely this is the same part used in the Sony Playstation 3, which had some problems with lasers dying too soon when it first came out.
Here's a way to check: first, insert a DVD in the player. Unplug it and remove the top cover. Caution: do not tip the player with the DVD inside. CAUTION. Directly viewing the laser can cause severe damage to your vision. DO NOT put your face over the DVD drive - ever - while it is plugged in. Observe it from the front, a little off to one side. Before plugging in, check the ceiling overhead and make sure there are no mirror-finish or glassy reflecting objects above the player. The DVD must be in first for safety reasons; it covers the laser. The rest is additional precaution.
Now, plug in and turn on the player. In normal operation, the laser comes on, and the lens moves up and down to focus on the disk. You may see a blue glow in the center of the disk (especially in a dark room). If the laser is working and the laser/lens assembly is able to obtain a focus, the disk will start spinning. If the disk does not spin, the laser/lens assembly is the first suspect. It is also possible that the spindle motor drive is bad, but given the history of PS3 Blu-Ray drives...
If there is no movement of the lens assembly, check the power supply. If it is good, there is (by elimination) another problem with the lens assembly (controller problems, to the best of my knowledge, are rare). Because it has very tight assembly tolerances, the lens assembly is usually replaced as a unit rather than repaired in the field.
Posted on Oct 17, 2010
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