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Pioneer Plasma Receiver PDP-R05G trap switch



Jan 1, 1970
Hello fellow techies
Beware folks, turns out pioneer is booby trapping their products these
days. You get the top cover off, you see a "case open switch" which
opens once the top's off. If you now power up the set, with the switch
open, your unit gets "locked". Both standby and power on l.e.d.s glow
together and this state is listed in the service manual as "trap switch
operation" under the LED-lighting patterns/error codes section. A
little googling led me to this post.....
"When servicing Pioneer products such as Plasma and Projection units.
sure the set is unplugged
before removing the back cover. There is a trap switch that will open
and if the unit is powered up. The set will
go into copyright protection mode. Nothing will work again until a
unlocking process is done. Each unit has a different
process to follow to restore operation. Beware!"

The service manual explains it so......
For video data transmission from the Media Receiver to the PDP-434HD
and PDP-504HD-series Plasma Displays, digital
signals are used. Therefore, this unit adopts the HDCP (High-bandwidth
Digital Content Protection) system for copyright
protection. This unit is also provided with a detection switch (TRAP
switch) that will prohibit the unit from being turned on again
"if the upper plate of the unit is accidentally opened," in order to
prevent the panel technology from being leaked out.
The TRAP switch is disabled while the unit is turned off.
When performing internal diagnosis of the PDP, fix the switch to the
OFF position using adhesive tape before turning on the
unit. After servicing, be sure to remove the adhesive tape.

Well you've probably guessed what my next question is......How do i
unlock this receiver?????????
Thanx in advance,


Jan 1, 1970
Sorry I don't have the info you need, but this is similar to what JVC
does. They use a photocell to kill the DVI board if light hits it (as
in the backboard removed). The TV continues to work, but not in HD.
What I don't understand (besides the obvious) is how these booby traps
protect the manufacturer. If anyone has the skills to hack these,
they might be able to develop the skills necesssary to bypass the
Pioneer's switch, or put black tape over the JVC's photocell.


Captain Napalm

Jan 1, 1970
The next generation of Blu Ray players will be equipped with powerful
explosives that will kill everybody in sight if the unit detects possible
tampering or if someone puts a DVD+R in it.


Jan 1, 1970
Okay, it's time for the inevitable career shift then. Exploding metal
hallide projector bulbs were bad enough, but explosives i can't handle.
So where does an electronics technician who's been in this field for 22
years go ?.