I have a Panasonic Blu-ray player. It is probably 5-6 years old.
Lately I notice the picture quality on some older standard DVDs (Six feet under season 1 for example) don't look good. They either look grainy/pixelated/not crisp.
The other problem that I have is that Blu-rays take foreeeeeeever to load. The new season of Mad Men must take 5 minutes at least. It does look great once it gets started.
I am not an overly tech savvy person. I don't know if I need to update firmware (or how to do it for that matter). I would rather have something that either doesn't require it or does it automatically. I do have a brand new Samsung smart hd tv. I am using HDMI cables.
Is there a way/is it worth updating or trying to "fix" It seems that players are so inexpensive that perhaps I should just purchase a new one. Would this solve the problem? Do todays units update themselves like I believe that my tv does? I see that some come with wi-fi included. Some are smart. I don't know what the advantage to those features are. I don't care about 3D. Is HDMI still the standard?
Would it be advantageous to stick with Samsung?
Thank you in advance
posted by kbbbo
on Dec 3, 2013 -
I'm trying to partition the hard drive on my old mac (model 4,1 running OS X 10.5.8) so I can dual boot Ubuntu. The problem is that when I go to Disk Utility and and select to partition the drive I get an error saying that the partition failed because there's no space left on the device, even though I have lots of space. This happens no matter how small I make the partition. [more inside]
posted by el chupa nibre
on Apr 15, 2013 -
Reinstalled Snow Leopard but ejected my external drive before this. Then, when done, plugged back in via USB as my usual custom....and Time Machine still shows up, but the External Seagate drive does not. I made sure that in Finder/Preferences that the external disc box as others was checked. I tried a different cord, and different port. I opened up Disc Utility and the External HD's partioned Time Machine is available but the other part, now renamed something else (a default name from manufacturer?) is greyed out and I cannot touch it.
Any thoughts? Should i now go to the boot disc of Snow Leopard? Not sure why TM shows but the rest does not.
posted by chicaboom
on Mar 31, 2013 -
I have a PCI-E SSD as my boot drive, and a win7-created RAID 1 on two 3TB drives. My boot drive has my user folder on it, but my documents, music, pictures, videos, etc folders shortcut to their respectable folders on the RAID. I would like this to be a full redundancy scheme and it is, but I've run into several nags and I would like to know how to fix them and prepare a fix-it plan before any of the drives fails. [more inside]
posted by ihavearedcouch
on Mar 19, 2013 -
I'm making some videos for the internet on a very low budget and am having trouble finding a suitable camera. I need something a step up from a webcam or a Flip HD. [more inside]
posted by brenton
on Feb 6, 2013 -
I'm looking for bus-powered portable Firewire drives that daisy chain correctly. Desired size is 1 terabyte. [more inside]
posted by alms
on Jan 28, 2013 -
Is anyone still manufacturing high-end laptops with 1920x1200 (not 1920x1080) screens? I'm looking for a luggable/7.5 to 8 pound size, 17" screen laptop, Ivy Bridge based Core i7 CPU with a serious dedicated GPU and 1920x1200 screen. Everything I can find uses 1920x1080. Battery life is not a concern, this would be used in a role like an occasionally relocated, folding desktop PC.
posted by thewalrus
on Jan 25, 2013 -
What PC laptops today have high pixel density (similar to Apple's retina displays) IPS or PLS displays?
posted by jsturgill
on Jan 4, 2013 -
I would like to keep an offsite backup of certain files (various financial docs, my iTunes library, and some photos)--say, 200 gigs total. I've considered storing them online with Crashplan, but the cost of the unlimited plan for multiple computers (mine and SO's) and the bandwidth to push that data out leave me meh. Thinking of getting another HD and keeping it at work. Can I run something by you? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Dec 21, 2012 -
I can get tested to find out if I will die of a progressive neurological illness. Oh good, that is not tricky at all. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 13, 2012 -
Early Christmas Present filter: We got a new tv last night. Help us decide on the best movies to watch to "break it in" [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson
on Nov 30, 2012 -
CHALLENGE TIME! You are lent some expensive, professional grade video equipment for 18 hours and told that you may use it as you see fit in the time you have. Assuming little to no preparation beforehand, what do you do and/or film with it? Ideally you'd like the owner (or anyone else who sees your work) to be mildly impressed, knowing that you have no actual solo film making experience whatsoever. [more inside]
posted by Seiten Taisei
on Oct 17, 2012 -
How do I retrieve data from very old (one is circa 1998) laptop drives? They contain a lot of interesting history from my time in Silicon Valley before the tech crash that I vowed I would one day retrieve. [more inside]
posted by zaebiz
on Sep 18, 2012 -
How is Dolphin Browser (formerly Dolphin HD) going to make money? It seems to be a company with no revenue plan. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by toothless joe
on Aug 25, 2012 -
What is gonna be my best mac based workflow for editing this documentary I'm working on? details inside [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt
on Jul 18, 2012 -
My tv has turquoise colored lines all over it, and also on top of menus. It just randomly did this, no lightning storm or anything. Any ideas?
Sharp Aquos LC-46D62U or LC-52D62U (Tv is mounted to wall and the manual is for both tv's. Not sure which one mine is.)
posted by temetvince
on Jul 7, 2012 -
CameraFilter: I am looking to buy a DSLR camera that can not only videotape movie-quality HD, but also film in super slo-mo. [more inside]
posted by Sully
on Jun 28, 2012 -
Multiple questions about Huntington's Disease... I'm researching a story that has a pregnant woman with Huntington's Disease. I've watched a bunch of videos on Youtube and read various sites but have not found answers to specific questions I have. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy
on Apr 24, 2012 -
I've order a bunch of computer parts from Newegg and am going to build my own computer, hopefully not wrecking anything in the process. (I even picked up an antistatic cuff and mat today, to be safe) Thing is, I'm thinking of adding an 100-120gb SSD to the parts list to go along with the 1TB spinning hard drive.
How do I set up having two hard drives like this, with the OS and other often-used essential programs on the SSD and everything else on the "slow" drive? I'm new at all of this--I don't think I've ever even looked at a BIOS before, let alone assembled a system. [more inside]
posted by Decimask
on Mar 31, 2012 -
s-o-s! External HD got a power surge and friend the inside. this is an old HD but I have had it forever and it has alot of old photoshop and design files of art I used to do and photo of my home prior to gutting. I ned the info! [more inside]
posted by femmme
on Jan 24, 2012 -
I'm looking for the cheapest and/or easiest way to capture and compile segments of certain television news and comedy shows in full HD from a standard set-top box, then export them as a single HD presentation (either as a file or maybe as a Blu-ray disk). Luckily, I'm not starting completely from scratch. I already have MacBook Pro (2010)
Final Cut Studio (the 2006 release I think but certainly not the most current version) and
Adobe Creative Suite CS5 Master Collection
. What more do I need (some type of capture device I assume) and what's the best workflow given the heavy duty software package? This project is NOT intended for any kind of sale or public distribution but instead is part of a school project.
posted by Jamesonian
on Nov 17, 2011 -
Looking for a decent HD-capable video camera to replace my brother's old Sony Handicam [more inside]
posted by Venadium
on Oct 21, 2011 -
Digital cameras that have good image stabilization for HD video recording: Halp? I know what I want, now I need advice for which models to look at. [more inside]
posted by special agent conrad uno
on Jul 21, 2011 -
My XP desktop's motherboard spitzensparken. Kaput. Can anyone share advice on how best to migrate the contents of a crufty, crowded XP boot drive, to a new Vista system build, ideally booting on a new solid state drive? (Hardware recommendations on a new system are also welcome!) [more inside]
posted by markkraft
on Mar 4, 2011 -
What images or video should we play on our office TV as a pleasant background? Basically, we want a fake window to a nicer world. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty!
on Feb 9, 2011 -
CuttingCableFilter: Is there such a thing as a (US, OTA) network TV season calendar that indicates premiere/new eps/hiatus status? [more inside]
posted by bartleby
on Feb 8, 2011 -
If one sets up a RAM stick as temporary storage to reduce writes on a SSD (via http://goo.gl/7cem) or for any other reason, can that particular RAM stick to be utilized only
in this manner? [more inside]
posted by robobrent
on Jan 20, 2011 -
What are the minimum specifications for me to be able to edit 1080p 60fps video on-the-go on a Mac laptop? [more inside]
posted by Nixie Pixel
on Dec 27, 2010 -
Does Tivo removing the IR output from series 3 machines upwards leave us screwed to use a cable box? Is there any way for a series 3/4 Tivo to control a digital cable box, and if not, what are our options? [more inside]
posted by Brockles
on Dec 22, 2010 -
I have long held a fantastic dream of what I want my home theater
setup to be. I've tried several times, in several different ways, to
realize this dream - but there is always something. There's always
something that doesn't work right - that makes my final implementation
lacking in some fundamental way. I'm starting to give up hope. So -
I'll tell you what I want and what I've tried - and I want you to tell
me if there's another way. I can't be alone here. [more inside]
posted by kbanas
on Nov 29, 2010 -
How can I get the free HD TV channels on a data-only cable package? [more inside]
posted by cgs
on Oct 31, 2010 -
Should I pay out the nose to have my Mitsubishi HD projector fixed by these bastards, or suck it up and buy a new one? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime
on Oct 27, 2010 -
still actively being supported/developed? I need to clone a Bootcamp partition to a new HD and almost everyone
says to use Winclone, but the developer's site
has been down for the last 24 hours and thus I cannot download the application or investigate any official documentation. Does anyone know if Winclone is still the application to use in this instance, or if there is an alternative that I actually CAN download?
posted by pwb503
on Oct 19, 2010 -