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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Reactor, Jun 4, 2007.

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  1. Reactor

    Reactor Guest


    I have one of these units, about 6 months old. Out of the blue, it cannot
    load any DVDs. All I use are factory-pressed units.

    The tray closes, you can hear the laser pickup sliding back and forth on
    it's carriage, trying to read the disc. This goes on for about 30 seconds,
    then the disc stops spinning and the front panel says "no disc". I pulled
    the unit apart and witnessed all this first hand, so I know the disc is
    spinning and that there are no dirty or broken gears or belts at play here.

    I cleaned the lense, no change.

    Everything mechancal appears to be operating properly. The player gets
    light to medium usage.

    Any ideas? Can anyone point me toward a SERVICE manual for this, or tell me
    where I can buy parts? I think I might be able to fix this myself if I
    could source the manual and parts.

  2. Meat Plow

    Meat Plow Guest

    Will it play a CD?
    What kind/style DVD player?
    Who made it?
  3. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    As Meat correctly says, first question, as always, will it play a CD ?

  4. Mike

    Mike Guest

    probably lost the DVD laser diode. REAL common.
  5. Meat Plow

    Meat Plow Guest

    Hey I learned that from you :)
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  6. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    Good to know that we're all singin' from the same hymn-sheet then !! d;~}

  7. AZ Nomad

    AZ Nomad Guest

    Sounds like something is broken. Ask a stupid question; get a stupid

    If you want more detailed advice, I suggest you post the make and

    Then read the so that you might learn how to ask an
    intelligent question.

    If it wasn't damaged, it is now. Scraping off abrasive dust (read: little
    rocks) off of a fragile lens at high speed is a terrible idea. This isn't
    a VCR.
  8. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    You know, I'm very much in favor of fixing things whenever possible, but DVD
    players are so cheap and disposable, unless it's a high end unit or the
    problem is something very simple, I just part them out.
  9. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    Agreed, from a commercial point of view at least. Realistically, these days,
    the only ones that actually get fixed are those under manufacturer's
    warranty, where the parts are free issue, and my labour is getting paid no
    matter what, and higher end / home cinema models ( how weird - for a moment
    there I couldn't spell "model" for the life of me ... ) I don't know about
    anyone else, but right from the off, I've found DVD recorders to be largely
    impractical to repair, except for the usual suspects with bad caps or bad
    lasers / processing circuitry that the manufacturers supply as a complete
    drop in replacement assembly. These rotten things seem to suffer from so
    many software-related, or otherwise obscure or media-related problems.

  10. Ken G.

    Ken G. Guest

    Well guys a 6 month old player is probably no longer ``high end``
    anymore but only a name plate .

    Find the flexable wire that goes to the laser & onto the board its
    usually a white flat strip . If you can get at it unplug it from both
    ends if it does so and replug it . Sometimes that fixes those .
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