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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by hr(bob) [email protected], Feb 15, 2007.

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  1. hr(bob)

    hr(bob) Guest

    I have a 95 day old (90 day warranty) DVD player that intermittently
    refuses to read dvds. Typically, after 4 or 5 loading tries, the disc
    is finally recognized. When it fails, the LED lights up, the carriage
    moves back and forth many times, the tv shows loading, and then
    finally gives a no-disc signal on the tv. After I removed the cover,
    nothing changed. I have pushed on all the cables and sockets, and
    also pushed on the various PWBs, all with no changes noted.

    Any suggestions besides adding to the next grbage collection.

    H. R.(Bob) Hofmann
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  3. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    The very first test for any DVD player that won't read DVD discs, is to try
    a CD in it. In general ( although I wouldn't suggest in 100% of cases ) a
    player that will play CD's, but not DVD's, has a defective laser. If it
    won't play either medium, this usually indicates a faulty mpeg board (
    general name for the data decoding and processing board ). From experience,
    many of the cheapo brands employ a standard IDE computer-type drive, and
    these seem to fair much less well in domestic players, than they do in
    computers, particularly in the case of DVD recorders. It is not unusual for
    DVD players to fail this early in their life. I replace many lasers and deck
    assemblies in players much less than a year old, but it's not usually an
    issue, as the manufacturer's warranty is normally at least 1 year. Is this
    one of yours second hand, as 90 days warranty doesn't seem right unless it
    is ?

  4. Meat Plow

    Meat Plow Guest

    I've got a couple el-cheapo players and they generally refuse to load
    if the disc has even the slightest bit of dust, scratches or fingerprints.
    Your 90 day warranty may be for labor but generally parts are covered for
    a year.
  5. boardjunkie

    boardjunkie Guest

    You may want to check out the spindle motor. Common failure with
    requent use.

    A friend of mine suckered me into making an attempt to revive a
    Panasonic DVD-RV26 player recently. Did some research on the error
    code (HO2) which was regarded to refer to pickup failure. Watching it
    during spin up something didn't look quite right and there seemed to
    be a little too much resistance when turning the disc platter
    manually. I don't work on much consumer stuff so I don't have a stock
    of motors to swap out to verify the problem. So I removed the motor
    and popped the back off. Cleaned the shaft, bushings and brushes.
    Lubed the bushings, assembled it and tossed it back in.
    Took right off.

    So I tell him I basically put a band-aid on the problem and if it
    starts acting up again the motor needs replacing.
  6. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    Error message " H02 " refers specifically to spindle motor failure on all
    models of Panasonic. It does not indicate pickup failure, so wherever you
    found that little gem on the 'net, it's wrong. The spindle motor for Pans
    comes pre-assembled onto a subdeck, with the turntable already fitted, as
    the turntable height is critical to correct operation.

  7. hr(bob)

    hr(bob) Guest

    Now the unit is working reliably again, so I put the cover back on and
    we'll see what happens. The warranty was for 90 days parts and
    labor. I have it here in CO at my condo, and it was only used a few
    times as I was back in IL for most of the 90 days. Not worth worrying
    about, but thanx for the comments. I'll look at the dvd repair site
    to get some ideas if it happens again.

    H. R.(Bob) Hofmann
  8. Franc Zabkar

    Franc Zabkar Guest

    I'm sure I've only seen a tiny fraction of the players that you have,
    but I haven't yet encountered an IDE interface in anything other than
    a DVDR. It seems to me that a really cheap design would try to move
    all the expensive "smarts" to the encoder PCB. Lately I've been
    hacking my Tevion player (Sunplus chipset). The MPEG decoder chip does
    everything including RF and servo functions (and DivX/USB/card
    reader). Only an additional 5-ch motor control chip is needed to
    control the spin/tray/sled motors and the focus/tracking coils. This
    is despite the SPHE8202/8281 chip's ability to support ATAPI. Other
    designs based on the popular MT13x9 Mediatek chipsets also seem to
    prefer this approach.

    - Franc Zabkar
  9. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    Hi Franc

    I do a lot of work for a couple of companies who behave as repair agents for
    the insurance companies that act to handle the guarantees for some of the
    big supermarkets and "bonanza-type" electronics retail outlets. For the most
    part, the cheap end stuff that they sell are just Korean or Chinese
    'no-names', and it's not at all uncommon for them to employ just bog
    standard computer DVD drives, which are complete with a drive electronics
    board that handles all of the getting-off-the-disc of the data and primary
    processing of it. A comparitively simple interface and decoding board is all
    that's then necessary. I would guess that these drives are now so cheap -
    and some of the ones I see come from quite famous manufacturers - that it
    makes financial sense to just buy them in, and glue them together with some
    simple interface electronics, to create a complete player that costs little
    more than the retail price of a basic drive to go in your computer.

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