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Old 06-03-2013, 09:29 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I hope this alright to discuss here, pioneer firmware code is open source after all.

I just purchased a Pioneer BDP-150 and since it has firmware v1.02 I am able to install third party firmware to make it region free. I have read only positive things about the third part firmware, with no horror stories.

Is any one familiar with the region free firmware or has used it themselves. Just curious before I go a head with it.

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Old 06-03-2013, 09:32 PM   #2
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I have the 140, but they're basically the same. After Pioneer's latest update, the region locking doesn't work anymore, but the problem should be solved with the 150 - but am not sure. I downgraded the software again myself, to make it free, but upgraded when I realized that the machine felt faster after the update. Now I use my PS3 as Region B and the Pioneer as Region A (it was on Region A when upgraded and then it locked onto it).

It's nice to be region free.
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I have installed the region free firmware. Works like a treat, can't wait for my criterion's to start arriving. Nice to have a region free player that is quality like Pioneer.
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I have installed the region free firmware. Works like a treat, can't wait for my criterion's to start arriving. Nice to have a region free player that is quality like Pioneer.
It's a great time to become region free with the Criterion sale atm.

Could you PM me a link to the firmware you got please? Wouldn't mind giving it a go.
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It's a great time to become region free with the Criterion sale atm.

Could you PM me a link to the firmware you got please? Wouldn't mind giving it a go.
I have the link book marked on my PC at home I will PM you or alternatively post the link in this thread in a few hours. Just remember you must have firmware 1.02 any higher and it won't work.
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I have the link book marked on my PC at home I will PM you or alternatively post the link in this thread in a few hours. Just remember you must have firmware 1.02 any higher and it won't work.
Don't worry, I have 1.08. Thanks anyway.
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Don't worry, I have 1.08. Thanks anyway.
I will post the link up anyway, in case you find a way to reverse firmware.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1390589/th...#post_22949497
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Hey Nommag how much was the Pio BD player?
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Hey Nommag how much was the Pio BD player?
JbHiFi had it for $191 but got it down to $175. Needs to be manufactured before November 2012 to have the correct firmware.

Its a nice player, the picture and sound quality are great and it plays 3d. Changing regions with the new firmware is very simple.
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Have this player sitting in a box, got it for $140 a few weeks ago. Hope my firmware is of the older model but if not ill downgrade (how do you do this anyway) and make it region free.
Cheers for the thread Nommag
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Have this player sitting in a box, got it for $140 a few weeks ago. Hope my firmware is of the older model but if not ill downgrade (how do you do this anyway) and make it region free.
Cheers for the thread Nommag
I've been reading the av forums thread, its not possible to reverse the firmware. Make sure it is 1.02 though (says in the menu, may have to search a little) otherwise the unit may brick up and the warranty is void. There are instructions with the downloads (follow the link a posted further back) on to install the firmware safely and update it. Its actually far more simple then it looks and took me about 5mins to achieve. I now can press '3344' on my remote and select whatever region I would like.
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On my 140 it's possible to downgrade. Should be on the 150, too.
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On my 140 it's possible to downgrade. Should be on the 150, too.
Any way of doing this?
My player is 1.05, which means if i cant use the custom software, i need to buy a mod kit and solder it inside :/

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On my 140 it's possible to downgrade. Should be on the 150, too.
Please post instructions or links to instructions and the older firmware.

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My player is 1.05, which means if i cant use the custom software, i need to buy a mod kit and solder it inside :/
That sucks, firmware is sweet awesome.
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That sucks, firmware is sweet awesome.
Yer, i tried saying what the hell and installing 4.02 but the player wouldn't let me saying there's no valid file. If i cant roll back then the mod kit would be next but thats another $47! Making it $200 all up when i could of just gotten the cheap one from Kmart to do it

Mau just save up and grab an Oppo so at least i have a player i can jeep for a few years.
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Yer, i tried saying what the hell and installing 4.02 but the player wouldn't let me saying there's no valid file. If i cant roll back then the mod kit would be next but thats another $47! Making it $200 all up when i could of just gotten the cheap one from Kmart to do it

Mau just save up and grab an Oppo so at least i have a player i can jeep for a few years.
I almost got my parents to get an oppo for me from the US, but quickly thought I'd rather region free a local player for cheap, buy some Criterion collection films and get some new jeans and shoes. Paid off.
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I almost got my parents to get an oppo for me from the US, but quickly thought I'd rather region free a local player for cheap, buy some Criterion collection films and get some new jeans and shoes. Paid off.
Yer, probably right. Might wait till I build a home theatre and get a proffessional player. Might just get the mod chip and install it.
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Yer, probably right. Might wait till I build a home theatre and get a proffessional player. Might just get the mod chip and install it.
I'm sure by the time we have the equipment to do the oppo complete justice there will be later models, possibly even a 4k player.
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I'm sure by the time we have the equipment to do the oppo complete justice there will be later models, possibly even a 4k player.
I'm seriously contemplating the new RED laser player that goes with the new Laser projector. It does 4k and BDXL up to 200gb disks. Future prof for at least 5 years.
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I'm seriously contemplating the new RED laser player that goes with the new Laser projector. It does 4k and BDXL up to 200gb disks. Future prof for at least 5 years.
future proof if tech goes in that direction. Which is likely but you just don't know.
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