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Panasonic DMR-HS2

3 user region code comments

January 31, 2005 Post region code/hack comment
PostRegion code hack posted by Alan Hine, March 21 2004:


I came across this and wondered if it would be of any use to anyone.
This hack lets you access the Service mode of the unit. It is valid for all models DMR-HS2EB/EB1/EG/EG1/GN.

To enter service mode, turn the unit off (Powersave OFF) and then simultaneously (!) press "open/close", "Pause" and "Stop" keys for about 5 seconds. The display then should show "Service Mode".

A number of service codes are now available.
It is possible to set the region code of the drive. To set this you have to use the same procedure as above using three different keys: "Skip(R)", "Pause" and "Open/close".
You can then set the region code - I am not sure if you can set this as often as wish or if the usual mechanism in the drive limits the number of changes ie: 5. So try at your own risk.



PostRegion code hack posted by Cyrax9, January 19 2005:


Although Alan said:

"A number of service codes are now available." I have yet to find these but will continue to look.

A Region-1 Player is also a little different when it comes to this hack. I'm listing it as a Region Hack but you'll need to find those elusive codes.

It's possible to set the region code of the drive in the USA using a one-button variation on Alan's afore mentioned code. To do this though, you have to go through the same process as described by Alan before me, the code he gives is as follows:

Alan's Code: "Skip(R)", "Pause" and "Open/close".

For the US Model though, there's a one-button variation on this.

US Code: "Skip(L)", "Pause" and "Open/close".

IMPORTANT! The UK Units use the RIGHT "Skip" button, the US units use the LEFT "Skip" button. All use units are marked DMR-HS2, and have no suffix letters afterwards. (e.g., DMR-HS2EGS) Just DMR-HS2 -- nothing more, this will tell you if you have the model that replies to this "alternate code" that I found by experimenting with Alan's when it failed to work.

Once successful the FL Display (NOT AN OSD, but the FL Display on the front of the unit) will read as follows (sans quotes) "TEST L1" if the code is successful.

From here you can now modify the region code, assuming you can find one.

To Paraphrase Alan and restate the disclaimer he made with the original code:

"I am not sure if you can set this as often as wish or if the usual mechanism in the drive limits the number of changes ie: 5. So try at your own risk." -- Emphasis on TRY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

NOTE: You MUST use the buttons on the FRONT PANNEL to access "Factory Mode" -- the Remote WILL NOT WORK for this hack, I do not know if the codes are applied with or w/o the remote afterwards.




PostRegion code hack posted by andyace, January 31 2005:


Does this help

1. Service mode
The mode is used in servicing.
[PAUSE] + [OPEN/CLOSE] + [STOP] while power is off

2. Clear item
Items 1-20 are cleared.
[0] [0] while in service mode

3. Error code display
FL display of the last error code held by timer
[0] [1] while in service mode

4. Error code initialization
Initialization of the last error code held by timer (Write in F00)
[9] while in service mode

5. Main unit initialization
All parameters (including timer) are initiaized to the factory setting.
[9] [9] while in service mode

6. ROM version display
Region code, main, timer and drive firmware versions are displayed on screen
and FL tube.
[0] [2] while in service mode

7. Illumination of all FL/LEDs
All FL and LEDs are lit up.
[5] [1] while in service mode

8. RTSC return XP (A&V)
Disc recording of L1 input Encoded and decoded for external output without
playback. REC mode is XP.
Initialization mode (EE2/ Interlace/ XP/ Audio 48kHz)
[1] [3] while in service mode

9. Progressive/ Interlace switched.
[1] [4] while in RTSC return XP mode
*I P Toggle switched.

10. Audio 44.1kHz/ 48kHz switch
[2] [4] while in RTSC return XP mode
*48k 44.1k Toggle switched.

11. Audio Mute (XTMUTE)
To check if XTMUTE (mute from timer) works normally
[2] [1] while in service mode

12. Audio Mute (XDMUTE)
XDMUTE
To check if XDMUTE (mute from main) works normally
[2] [2] while in service mode

13. S1 signal output
Forced overlapping of S1 signal on EE in order to check S terminal output
[5] [2] while in service mode

14. S2 signal output
Forced overlapping of S2 signal on EE in order to check S terminal output
[5] [3] while in service mode

15. Laser use time display
To check laser use time of drive
[4] [1] while in service mode

16. White picture output
White picture output from AV decoder
White picture
(Chroma: 100%)
Switching enabled by subcommand ìI/P switchî

Initialization mode (Interlace)
[1] [1] while in service mode

17. Progressive/ Interlace switched.
[1] [4] while in white picture mode
*I P Toggle switched.

18. Magenta picture output
Magenta picture output from AV decoder
Magenta picture
(Chroma: 100%)
Switching enabled by subcommand ìI/P switchî

Initialization mode (Interlace)
[1] [2] while in service mode

19. Progressive/ Interlace switched
[1] [4] while in Magenta picture mode
*I P Toggle switched.

20. Audio pattern output
Audio pattern output of internal memory
1KHz ± 0dB (AC3 5.1ch sine wave)
Initialization (Audio 48kHz)
[2] [3] while in service mode

21. Audio 44.1kHz/ 48kHz switched
[2] [4] while in Audio pattern output mode
*48k 44k Toggle switched.

22. I/P switching
ìInterlaceî and ìProgressiveî are switched. Initial setting is ìInterlaceî.
(This command is effective when performing 14 and 15.)
[1] [4] while in service mode
*I P Toggle switched.

23. FACTORY MODE1
Region setting is done for the drive at its replacement by starting up the
process mode 1.
Turn the power off (POWER key on main unit or remote controller) to end the
FACT MODE1.
-> Region is set by PCB ..... unfortunately there seems NOT to be a manual
entry option
[SKIP(R)] +
[PAUSE] +
[OPEN/CLOSE]
while power is off

24. AV4-AV1 (RGB) SELECT
Video signal at AV4 should output with AV1.
[0] while in service mode

25. AV2-AV1 (VIDEO)
Video signal at AV2 should output with AV1.
[1] while in service mode

26. AV2-AV1 (Y/C)
Video signal at AV2 should output with AV1.
[2] while in service mode

27. AV2-AV1 (RGB)
Video signal at AV2 should output with AV1.
[3] while in service mode

28. P50 (High)
10pin of AV1 should be High (5V)
[4] while in service mode

29. P50 (Low)
10pin of AV1 should be Low (0V)
[5] while in service mode

30. Tray OPEN/CLOSE
The RAM drive tray is opened and closed repeatedly.
[9] [1] while in service mode
* AC power should be turned off to release this operation.

31. RAM drive last error
Error codes for the RAM drive are displayed.
[4] [2] while in service mode




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