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Is it the DVD, or the player at fault....?

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by [email protected], Jun 30, 2007.

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  1. Guest

    I have a 3 year old RCA DVD player which, for the most part works
    well. Lately, however, there will be certain movies that I have
    problems viewing. Certain scenes will not be able to be viewed while
    others will skip ahead and have all kinds of problems such as
    "freezing up" etc.....

    I have tried cleaning the unit itself and I bought one of those rotary
    disc cleaners from radio shack where you give a little spritz of
    cleaning solution and then crank the thing 15 or 20 times.

    What usually causes these types of issues? Is it the DVD discs, or
    the player?

    Now granted.... (Some) of the movies that I have problems with are
    movies that are supposed to be "new" but I have bought at flea markets
    and that kind of thing. Probably copies of some sort and some frankly
    are "adult" types that my boyfriend will pay like $5.00 a piece for.
    They don't appear to be used discs... but you never know.

    What are the causes of most of these isuues? DVD... or the player

    Thanks in advance

    Leesa (I)
  2. geoffturner

    geoffturner Guest


    no easy answer - could be the disks or the unit. IF it plays known new
    clean discs then it is likely the player is ok.
    Check there are no fingermarks on the disks - if you clean them use
    soft cloth and wipe across - not in circles. Some DVD's will not play
    copies well at all. It could be the player - you can buy laser
    cleaning discs - like a CD but with tiny brushes on - this will(may)
    clean the laser - it is more effective to do it with a cotton bud -
    IF you know what you are doing

  3. Jasen

    Jasen Guest

    With heavy use, the laser in your player could be failing.

    try a different dvd, if you can, rent the exact same movie.
  4. Charlie+

    Charlie+ Guest

    On Fri, 29 Jun 2007 22:02:26 -0700, wrote as underneath
    my scribble :

    3 Years sounds about right - I have got over this problem by re-adjusting the
    trim pots for the lasers (on the moving carriage) otherwise it is a new player.
    Not something for the faint hearted but when nothing to lose might be worth a
    try! Let me know if you want a methodology.
  5. Martin

    Martin Guest

    I'd be interested in seeing it

    Martin Bakalorz
  6. This is the failure of when people don't bother to find the appropriate
    newsgroup. This question would have better been posted in which is only about the repair of electronic
    devices, even though it's suffering from this cluelessness too with
    a bunch of recent posts that don't belong there.

    And if the poster had posted there, likely someone would have
    pointed them to the "faq" for the newsgroup, which is more like multiple
    books about the repair of electronic equipment, which is at

    And adjusting the laser is one of those things so easy to do that
    it likely gets done before other things are checked or fixed, like
    all those radios that get "realigned" because someone thinks that must
    be the problem rather than actually troubleshooting to find the exact

  7. Charlie+

    Charlie+ Guest

    On 3 Jul 2007 16:34:20 GMT, (Michael Black) wrote as
    underneath my scribble :

    Would you kindly give the OP and us all the exact webpage that explains exactly
    how to do these "so easy to do" adjustments - thank you, rather than your
    rather odd general comments...

  8. He did.

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
  9. Well I did.

    And you misread the "so easy to do".

    I'm saying that any time there's an adjustable point, people often turn
    them thinking they will fix the problem. That's "easy to do" but it
    doesn't actually mean it will fix the problem. One has to evaluate
    where the problem lies first. And if someone wants to tinker with
    the adjustment, then hey, it is easy to do. You take your small
    screwdriver and apply it to the adjustable point, and adjust away.

    But that doesn't mean you will fix anything. Even if it did need
    proper adjustement, it will take more than that to do it.

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