Ok, that helps considerably.
I am unable to remove the assembly deck due to screw 7 being covered by the fan framework??
Shoot, I destroyed my picture doing the information below. I'll have to rebuild it, but just to let you know, SCREW 7comes out AFTER you pull the WHOLE DVD tray out.
But....I did notice 3 metal TABS on that tray, that might be UNDER the fan and boards....but the instructions show that the whole DVD assembly should come out without having to remove the fan or the boards by the fan.
I do know that Blu Ray discs sometimes need a software update to be added to the unit so that newer Blu Rays will display their picture. Avatar was an example of one Blu Ray that wouldn't function until the player updated its software.
What we need to start with is a factory reset, then download any software updates then try the Blu Ray discs.
To reset your Blu Ray player, try this FIRST with the unit turned on, and no disc inserted. Do not use the remote. It states there is a SKIP button on the player, use that.
Press the SKIP button (on top panel) for more than 5 seconds with no disc inside. All settings including the password XXXXX revert to the factory settings. Don't use this unless absolutely necessary.
When the factory default settings are restored, all the user data stored in the BD data will be deleted.
Click on this link, it should show you Software/Firmware updates, and the top one is a USB update, the bottom one is a CD disc burn. USB is easier.
I hope that shows you the Firmware update and instructions. The top listing is for a USB stick which is easier to format as a FAT32 drive on your computer. USB sticks usually come from the store as FAT32, but some come as NTFS formatting. When you stick a USB stick into your computer, it lists it as a Drive name like F: or G: or E: -- If you highlight that drive name, then RIGHT Click it, and you should see this --
I've numbered the steps in that picture. Last step is to insert the USB stick into the player's USB port, turn on the player, WAIT for it to sense the USB stick, OR.. access the Player's menu, select the SETUP orSUPPORT setting, and in there, you should find Software update.
I believe FIRMWARE updates start when you insert the stick, and power the unit on.
Software updates I believe are ignored until you access the Menu, and select the Update afterwards.
Your TV screen will inform you, so you do have to connect it to your TV set. You may need to reconnect those ribbon cables you took off the drive, but you don't have to do a full reassembly, just enough to operate the Keys on the top cover and insert the USB stick in and see the info display on the TV screen.
Now....this situation here --
best i can achieve is a normal DVD that freezes after a while in random places
a test of 10 other standard DVD's it appears that i can only play the original DVD that I experienced the squeaking noise (now cured??!!??) with and the other DVD's do not even play anything
I suspect the DVD motor STILL....it can go from bad to worse. The squeaking indicates the DVD motor that spins it may be binding up more. It could also mess with the Blu Ray discs first, then worsen to where the Standard DVDs start having problems. I would want to at least TRY relubing it.
So...do the upgrade first if your unit is capable. If you are CLOSER to lubing the unit, make that your priority, so it can get into that dry bearing motor and get it working.