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Hide the DVD in the Megachanger

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Grant B, Jul 10, 2001.

  1. Grant B

    Grant B Producer

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    I have the sony DVP 860 300+1 megachanger; the '1' being the EZ play slot which requires no loading for a DVD to be played.Works great except if I leave the DVD in the EZ slot when the changer is in off/standby; whereas it inconviently files the disc in a random empty slot.
    When power is reapplied, it DOES NOT retrieve the disc.
    Last time it happened, I had to take out 200+ discs to find the EZ disc
    Anyone else have this problem? (problem or bad feature?)
    Any ideas besides the "take the disc out everytime" or "no empty slots" options
    Thanks
    Grant
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  2. Burke Strickland

    Burke Strickland Second Unit

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    Sorry I don't have an easy fix for your problem. But you've just documented another reason why I should be glad I bought the Pioneer Elite DV-F07 300+1 changer. In over a year of operation, with the tray only gradually filling up, (it is full now), but with the "+ 1" temporary slot in use frequently, it has never done what you describe with your Sony. It always returns "Disc 0" to the easy access slot.
    Of course, what the Pioneer does NOT do is play a "flipper" without manually extracting the disc and turning it over. (That's why I have TWO copies of Amadeus in the tray.) :>) So we win some points and lose a few others...
    Burke
     
  3. Grant B

    Grant B Producer

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    Thanks Burke
    Most of the electronics which I own, fall into the sony ES line; which measures up to the Elite line.
    I was hoping that I missed some setting or something which could solve the problem.
    The 860 has some annoying tendacies but considering I got it open box "new" for $329 shipped (retail $800), I am not complaining.
    Just curious, what do you do with the cases?For cds, you can file the covers into a cd storage case; DVD covers don't fit into anything.
    Any suggestions on SW to keep track of them?
    Thanks again
    Grant
     
  4. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    Grant: I'm sorry, but that is just one of the funniest things I have ever heard. The player decides to file the disk in some random place. It's as bad as having kids. (At least it does not eject the +1 disk and leave it lying around on the entertainment center).
    My suggestion would be to call Sony about a upgrade to the firmware. This sounds like a bad bug. Just make sure you know the steps to reproduce it.
     
  5. Burke Strickland

    Burke Strickland Second Unit

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    Grant -
    I have a wooden rack that used to hold DVDs. Now it just holds DVD cases. :>) Bought it unfinished at K-Mart, so I could paint it flat black to match my equipment racks. I could have stained it if I had wanted to match the furniture in another room. "Some assembly required", but it was inexpensive.
    As for tracking software, I use a home grown MS Access database for DVDs and Laserdiscs. I do not try to import case cover photo scans or include bios on all the principle actors, etcetera, but I do keep track of title, director, when I bought it, where purchased, price paid, whether it is letterbox, 5.1 and "status" (now in collection, given away as gift, preorder, etcetera) plus comments (such as "part of Kubrick Collection Box Set" since I record each title separately but only put the price in once). I used to try to keep a counter going of how many times I watched each one, but hardly ever remembered to update it, so I don't bother with that anymore.
    Hope that helps -
    Burke
    [Edited last by Burke Strickland on July 10, 2001 at 04:33 PM]
     
  6. Glenn Overholt

    Glenn Overholt Producer

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    I have to assume that you have some spaces between your DVD's. Well, take them out. If you had 240 DVD's, your 'extra' would have to be between 241 and 300.
    Glenn
     
  7. Ted Lee

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    a pretty cool program i (along with many others i've seen) use to catalog dvds is at this site:
    http://www.dvdprofiler.com/dvdpro/index.html
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  8. Grant B

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    Much thanks for the help. Intially when I loaded, I left spaces so I could bunch comedies etc together and for future buying sprees...those are all now gone.
    As for the cases....http://www.hometheaterforum.com/bbs/...ent/28843.html
    You can see the armoire I modified for my A/V stuff. All those drawers were pretty much filled with CD & DVDs.
    I have since gone to the "store the things in Megachangers
    and hide the boxes in the crawl space" plan.
    The 1st 2 cd changers; I put the cd covers in albums but that works so-so
    Albums are big & bulky
    Covers sometimes don't list tracks
    Many cds come in cardboard boxes that don't fit
    DVD covers don't fit
    BE nice to have the info stored in a 3 ring binder
    sorted by changer/ alphabetical/theme or catagory
    Track order /info all downloaded and printed
    As for the sony making up for me not having kids (and scotties don't have oposable thumbs hence they can't open jewel cases}...when I dialed Customer Service and HAL came on the phone and said it would be answered in fffffoooouuurrtttttty ffffiiiivvveee miiinnnnuuueeetts ...I pulled his plug (and no Daisy!) and came here for a real answer
     
  9. Jeff Blair

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    Well, I keep track of mine 3 ways. The first way is the internal list the player makes. I know not a good way. The next is I have a old hand held, so I hava list in Excel with the name and slot location. The last, and best in my mind is the Pronto. I just flip thru all my DVD's in there, and push one button. It loads the disk for me, no sweet. I even have a program that will keep track for me. I have been thinking about getting the 300+1 DVD changer from Sony. I have the 200 disk one now. The only problem I have now is, I don't have enough inputs on my reciver. Come on Outlaw, release the next version already. [​IMG]
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