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Old 04-24-2020, 04:04 AM   #1
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Bought this thing about six years ago to replace a problematic Sony because I read they were the best on the market.

After about a year the thing started being problematic reading certain discs. Maybe 5 out of a library of 1,000.

Symptoms: If you sit close, you hear the disc spin up, then the drive makes a "chugging" sound and if you got lucky it'd go to the title screen. More often than not after 30 seconds of chugging it would simple go back to the Oppo screen and say "Stop" even though you never pressed stop. If you did get the title screen and hit Play you'd get chugged to death 50% of the time or actually get to watch the movie.

Now, it does it with every disc. DVD and Bluray alike.

Ironically, the Sony it replaced I still own and is still problematic but hasn't got any worse in the last 6 years. So a couple weeks back I bit the bullet and bought another Sony.

I'm a little bitter about this Oppo though because I spent around $600 on it and it only worked perfectly for one year and after six is completely useless. My $200 Sony worked flawlessly for eight years and is still in better shape than the Oppo 14 years later (ie, it can still be used).

Anyone have any ideas about saving this pile of crap?

I've Googled relentlessly for this issue with the player but apparently no one has ever had any issues with them, ever.
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Old 04-24-2020, 04:13 AM   #2
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I should add that if/when you ever a actually got to the film, all the weird noises and behavior stop and the movie will play flawlessly to the end.
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Old 04-24-2020, 06:04 AM   #3
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Bought this thing about six years ago to replace a problematic Sony because I read they were the best on the market.

After about a year the thing started being problematic reading certain discs. Maybe 5 out of a library of 1,000.

Symptoms: If you sit close, you hear the disc spin up, then the drive makes a "chugging" sound and if you got lucky it'd go to the title screen. More often than not after 30 seconds of chugging it would simple go back to the Oppo screen and say "Stop" even though you never pressed stop. If you did get the title screen and hit Play you'd get chugged to death 50% of the time or actually get to watch the movie.

Now, it does it with every disc. DVD and Bluray alike.

Ironically, the Sony it replaced I still own and is still problematic but hasn't got any worse in the last 6 years. So a couple weeks back I bit the bullet and bought another Sony.

I'm a little bitter about this Oppo though because I spent around $600 on it and it only worked perfectly for one year and after six is completely useless. My $200 Sony worked flawlessly for eight years and is still in better shape than the Oppo 14 years later (ie, it can still be used).

Anyone have any ideas about saving this pile of crap?

I've Googled relentlessly for this issue with the player but apparently no one has ever had any issues with them, ever.
Why don't you just contact OT Servicing (used to be Oppo Digital) by using their Contact Us form and tell the problems you are encountering.

Googling about the issues won't always get you your answers. The repair cost might be less then you expect.

Also for your reference Unofficial OPPO BDP-93 Frequently Asked Questions
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Old 04-24-2020, 11:14 AM   #4
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If purchased the OPPO mostly for Blu Rays or DVD's the best thing you could do it sell it and buy two or more backup players. Frankly it's not better or worse than most Blu Ray players for picture quality, it just costs more.
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Old 04-24-2020, 02:01 PM   #5
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OP, i thought the warranty on oppo's was longer than a year (i could be mistaken and sorry if i am) but, you said the issue(s) happened about a year after buying the player. why didn't you contact oppo about it and have it fixed then. 5 years is a long time to live with a problem and now create a thread about it.

don't get me wrong, i'm just trying to understand why you haven't or didn't take care of this problem years ago when you might have gotten it done for free or at a minimal cost to you.

you should do what was advised and give Oppo a call and see what they say as far as cost. i have a 93 and i've had it since it was released and i've had no problems with it so far.

best of luck and i hope it gets resolved. keep us posted.
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Old 04-25-2020, 04:28 AM   #6
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Hey guys, thanks for the replies!

Pixote, I only bought it for reliability, longevity and because it had a region mod that I liked. Picture quality has nothing to do with it. I bought it to avoid the precise issues I've had with it. I am a film buff. I'm now wishing I'd done exactly as you say-- I have a 2006 Sony and a region modded 2016 Sony now that combined (over 14 years!) cost me less than the Oppo (the two probably were $450ish).

JohnAV and solarrdadd, I thought I read somewhere recently Oppo was out of the BluRay player business. Plus, my Oppo has a region mod and I figured they wouldn't touch it.

And to answer why I lived with it so long, it's beacuse for about the first 4 years of the issue it only affected 4 or 5 discs out of my library that still worked fine on the 2006 Sony. I figured it was a disc manufacturing issue. Within only the last 6 months did the problem rapidly progress from those 5 discs to every one.

I can't use it at all unless I'm willing to expect 20-30 minutes of powering on and off until I get lucky (or give up) for it to get all the way to a film.

The 2006 Sony stopped playing DVDs completely a couple years ago but it still plays all Region A Blurays fine. Unfortunately, the reason I got the Oppo was primarily to watch non Region A Blurays. Since it no longer works at all, I bought the region modded 2016 Sony.

I'm still doubtful the Oppo technical support will be willing to help me but I'll reach out if no one els has any ideas. Big investment to go to waste.
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Old 04-25-2020, 05:59 AM   #7
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JohnAV and solarrdadd, I thought I read somewhere recently Oppo was out of the BluRay player business. Plus, my Oppo has a region mod and I figured they wouldn't touch it.

I'm still doubtful the Oppo technical support will be willing to help me but I'll reach out if no one els has any ideas. Big investment to go to waste.
You are mistaken about repair not being available for existing Oppo Digital player owners such as your BDP-93. The region free mod just needs to be identified. Is it just a plug in mod that you bought? Please start the inquiry process using the form link I provided.

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Old 04-25-2020, 07:54 AM   #8
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Yeah man, it's a plug in mod that I installed inside, but had the option of installing outside.

Hit DIMMER DIMMER DIMMER and a couple other keys to change regions.
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Old 04-25-2020, 08:57 AM   #9
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Yeah man, it's a plug in mod that I installed inside, but had the option of installing outside.

Hit DIMMER DIMMER DIMMER and a couple other keys to change regions.
Thats a non issue, you can remove it before sending it in or they will if necessary and return it. Service is not that expensive for out of warranty.
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Old 04-25-2020, 09:30 AM   #10
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I just want to comment that my region free modded Oppo 93 is still running strong. I have had it since January 2012. I use it with my 3D TV in my office.

I am sorry that yours is giving you issues, but contact their service center as JohnAV suggested. It will take little effort and you will get a definitive answer.

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Old 04-26-2020, 08:17 PM   #11
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Mine had problems recently that were fixed by wiping WD-40 along the rails the laser travels on. I just sprayed the WD-40 onto a paper towel then wiped it onto the rails, fixed a Pioneer DVD player that wouldn't get past certain points on discs the same way.
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John is this a loader issue?

(Just ridic to say "no one has ever had any issues with them, ever." LOL. There was a time I groused so hard the head of the company got in contact with me.)
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John is this a loader issue?

(Just ridic to say "no one has ever had any issues with them, ever." LOL. There was a time I groused so hard the head of the company got in contact with me.)
Very likely something related to the optical loader is at fault given the age of the player. (Nov 2011 release).
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JAV:

Re ". . . given the age of the player."

But what of Nat's having said he was experiencing issues "after about a year"?
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Re ". . . given the age of the player."

But what of Nat's having said he was experiencing issues "after about a year"?
Your reading too much into my comment.
Dust/dirt accumulation over several years. 1 year 5/1000, now every disk. Its something about the optical drive operation that is effected.
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Old 03-25-2023, 06:10 PM   #16
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Biggest waste of money and colossal piece of shit ever. Never was able to fix it, so I demoted it to playing discs my other players couldnít read. Which means Iíve used it about 4 times since my last posting. To play those discs youíd have to start priming it about 30 minutes before you wanted to start watching by inserting and ejecting the disc over and over until it saw it. Now when you turn it on the power LED just turns from red to blue and it does nothing else. No display on the front panel, no video output. And even if it did, it still has all the issues I originally posted about.

Wonít even open the disc tray now. Used a screwdriver like a crowbar to recover my disc.

I bought this player on a recommendation from someone that Oppo was supposedly top of the line for Blu-ray, plus the region free option. I spent a pretty penny. This thing hasnít worked properly for the last 10 years, by far the worst and most unreliable player of ANY medium Iíve ever owned, including VHS players acquired off the street corner with ďFREEĒ signs on them. I bought a $20 DVD player at Big Lots once that lasted 10 years with no issues.

If anyone wants this thing, itís yours for the price of shipping. Has a region mod, but I donít think the power LED is region specific. The eject disc motor works (or at least, it did, before today) so it might be good for parts if you are as unfortunate as I am for having bought one of these steaming piles. Otherwise, itíll be on the curb next week for the garbage man.

Iíll stick with Sony. They havenít done me wrong for the last 30 years.

Iíll throw in the OPPO bag it came in if I can find it. It was a $600 bag, apparently. Way more useful than this pile of shit, at least you can carry some groceries home in it.

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Old 03-25-2023, 11:42 PM   #17
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Did you ever email oppo?

They still repair their players and I wouldn't worry about the all region chip. I sent my modified 83 player in and oppo repaired it perfectly and didn't touch the region mod.

Still worth an email: service@oppodigital.com.
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Old 03-26-2023, 11:22 AM   #18
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I'm very surprized Oppo would repair a modified unit but it's nice they offer repairs of something they stopped making years ago.

Everything hasn't been perfect with my Panasonic UB9000 either. It has been good but not 100% reliable and that's a bit of a drag considering it's price and the fact it may be one of the most reliable players available at this time.

I may be hooking up my media server system and taking my disc player out of the main gear rack. I had stopped using my server because of energy consumption but I'm starting to think it's worth the costs. Anything to make playback more reliable because I'm out of patience for problems.

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I'm very surprized Oppo would repair a modified unit but it's nice they offer repairs of something they stopped making years ago.
Depending on your location modifying your device wouldn't even affect the warranty. I think playing around with some things like the PSU would be a no-no, but adding the mod shouldn't be an issue.
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Did you ever email oppo?

They still repair their players and I wouldn't worry about the all region chip. I sent my modified 83 player in and oppo repaired it perfectly and didn't touch the region mod.

Still worth an email: service@oppodigital.com.
I doubt Oppo cares at this point if you region modded your player. They are just fixing players now.
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