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Problems with you DVDR 3380 not finding your DVD

As this recorder get older and with frequent use it will sometimes not be able to spin the DVD if it can't do this the play head will just move up and down until the DVD starts to spin. If it doesn't start then you will receive the error UNKNOWN DISC. You will no that this is the error you have as you will hear the DVD player clunking every 2 seconds as the head tries to read the DVD.

This actually means the a drive motor is not able to overcome the spindle and DVD weight combined it really does need a new motor fitting.

If you can't afford a new player remove the top drill a small hole about the size of pen top just above the white spindle top (drill anywhere SHOWN IN RED) and replace the top,now when the DVD player has trouble give it a nudge with a plastic pen top I use a biro lid and this will tease the spindle to start moving just enough to overcome the inertia

NOTE: this is a temporary fix but it really does work and if you think that this is a bit drastic then look underneath there is a 1/2 " slotted hole near the front that is the manual release from the tray if it gets stuck and they put this in and its been there probably without you even knowing.!!

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