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What is "causing" the "blockage" is the stabilization idler mounted on a plastic piece spanning the top of the recorder. It is a plastic disc with a metal ring embedded in it. It clamps down on the DVD once its loaded. It is supposed to release when the eject sequence starts. The read/write head assembly is supposed to rise up to read a dvd or cd and drop back down to a rest position when its time to eject the disc. The head assembly is encased in a metal shell, which is already magnetized or has become magnetized. The mechanism pulling the head down is too weak to pull the head all the way down. It moves just a little bit, you hear some noise and the "blocked" message appears on the display. If you take the cover off, you see the dvd still in the "mounted" position, but it has moved a little bit, but the clamp effect of the stabilizer is still engaged

Two ways to fix this:

First, before you go inside, tap the area of the phillips case right where you imagine the dvd center to be, if one was loaded. Tap and hit open, you may break the magnetic link that way, the head drops, the tray slides out. Then always keep a dvd in the player to give the release motor a little help, use a scratched disc you were going to throw away anyway. Second, you need to open the case, pry the stabilizer up as high as you can, or tap on the plastic near its edge while pressing the "open" button. You may need a PC type screw driver to remove the very small screws that the stabilizer assembly is mounted on. This way you can at least get the disc without further damage to it. You might as well leave the screws off, if you plan to keep using the recorder. Click on the link below to download the user manual:

http://download.p4c.philips.com/files/d/dvdr3455h_37/dvdr3455h_37_dfu_aen.pdf

Philips... | Answered on Aug 16, 2018


I had the same problems with my DVDR3455H, and have finally have it working again, although I don't know for how long.

First, the DVD drawer not opening is a common problem, reportedly caused by a magnet not letting the spindle drop. The solution I've seen elsewhere is to always keep a blank DVD in the drawer; it usually has enough weight to help the spindle disengage from the magnet holding it up. By the way, there is an emergency release slide on the bottom of the unit if it still won't open.

More important is the hard drive. I was finally able to get the unit to work after connecting the hard drive to a PC using a USB attachment and running a full format (NTFS) on the drive using SwissKnife. That actually failed after eight hours, but I was then able to run a quick format through Windows Explorer. I then put the firmware on a CD-R using Nero Express, put it in the drawer and powered on the unit. After a week of repeated LOAD/COPY/BOOTs after running quick formats on the hard drive, this time I got the FLASH1 message. From there, it was just a matter of following the on-screen menus.

I'm thinking it may just be a bit of luck, but I think the full format was the key. Note that this is still the same hard drive, so it could still fail again. I also ran Check Disk looking for and fixing bad sectors, prior to my final full format.

Hope this helps.

Philips... | Answered on Jul 07, 2012


i spent hours looking for this... here it is

Use the numeric keypad 0-9 to enter your four-digit pin code.
  • If you forget your four-digit pin code, the default password is 3308.

Philips... | Answered on Jul 07, 2011


Hi,
You are not alone...Some DVD players especially Philips wont read the DVD s and
then it show no disc..
Just to make sure that such DVD is ok ,you can try to run them on your laptop.If the disc has problem laptop does not read either..
HDD works independently and no relation to DVD reader..if your set has still under warranty ,consult to service they may replace the LASER EYE.. ("cross your finger ! " )...

Just in case,quick remedy ,I recommend to buy a "wet DVD/CD laser cleaner " from any store.it is available even in Walmart..And clean the laser eye at least twice..
YOUR DVD itself should be clean and finger prints free as well....
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Philips... | Answered on Jul 01, 2011


THE DVDR3455H HAS A COMMON PROBLEM AFTER A FEW YEARS THE HARD DRIVE GO BAD, IT WONT BOOT UP
99% OF THE PROBLEM WITH THE PHILIPS DVDR3455 IS THE HARD DRIVE.
IT WILL KEEPING REEBOOT OR IT WILL HANG ON THE PHILIPS LOGO.
IT IS NOT A FIRMWARE PROBLEM IT AHARD DRIVE PROBLEM.
ONE THING YOU SHOULD KNOW, IF THE HARD DRIVE IS BAD YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO UPGRADE THE FIRMWARE IT WILL NOT READ THE CD OR DVD DISK.
AT THIS POINT IT NOT LOOKING FOR A FIRMWARW DISK BUT IT LOOKING FOR THE BOOT UP SOFTWARE.
OR THE LOAD CD WHAT PHILIPS CALL IT.

SOLUTION REPLACE THE HARD DRIVE WITH THE LOAD SOFTWARE INSTALL ON IT.
THE HARD DRIVE IS SOLD ON EBAY JUST LOOK FOR DVDR3455H YOU WILL FIN NEW DRIVE READY TO INSTALL THAT WILL FIX YOUR PROBLEM.

Philips... | Answered on Feb 26, 2011


Hi,

You can download and print the instruction manual in PDF format by clicking this link.

Adobe PDF Reader is required to view this manual. Download Adobe Reader

Hope this helps. Kindly let me know if you have any difficulty in downloading the manual.

Thanks for using FixYa.

Philips... | Answered on Feb 07, 2011


check here

Philips... | Answered on Dec 22, 2010


I went to look at getting it fixed and wit was going to cost as much as a new device, so I pulled it to bits and found that the rubber band in the DVD player was frail. This meant it didn't have enough strenght to load the disk completely.

I went to a stationary shop and brought a new one the same size and it is perfect.

Cost. 10c.

You will need to be careful and confident pulling it to bits and some of the screws are no standard. good luck.

Alternatively there is a slot under the unit that you can force the DVD mechanism open or closed. A hassle though.

Philips... | Answered on Nov 06, 2010

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