Re: My Oppo took a dump--looking for advice
Yeah, I called Oppo and that's where I got the information for my "option 1." I was hoping they had authorized service centers in my area, but evidently all units needing repair have to be sent to Oppo HQ (in California if I recall). I'll have to call Oppo service again to take this route. I'll ask about the firmware when I do.
When my Philipps crapped out, I just tossed it b/c it only cost $50, so in comparison I guess it's worth it to get the Oppo repaired rather than look for a new player. I guess that's what I'll do, as I don't have a good idea of "the newest best thing" in region free, PAL/NTSC compatible DVD players at a reasonable price.