Tip & How-To about Philips DVP5140 DVD Player

Cleaning your cds or dvd discs

It is always suggested that you use or buy a cd or dvd cleaner with it's cleaning solution, but I have discovered something that works well. Sometimes when you get movies or games from your local movie store they are scratched and have finger prints all over them and skip or freeze when you play them the following steps will help you solve that problem.

This will not remove deep scratches and I like to suggest you take your disc to your local movie store or game store like Game Zone and in most cases they will clean your disc for free or for a very cheap price. They will usually only do one or two discs at a time, but it never hurts to call and ask if they will do this for you. You can also purchase a disc cleaner from most stores that sell electronics and is not expensive. They have ones that you manually turn the disc with a rotary knob or you can purchase a more expensive device that is battery operated or plugs into your home outlet.

1. Wet the cd or dvd under your sink.
2. Apply a small amount of regular dish soap to your finger.
3. Rub the the soap onto the surface really well until you have a nice lather making sure you have gotten all the surface. Do not under any circumstances use any type of abrasive materials as this will only cause further damage.
4. Rinse the dvd or cd really well to make sure you have all the soap off.
5. Pat dry first to get most of the water off, then finish drying with a soft non abrasive cloth (soft cloth material only). A lint free cloth works very well.
6. Place your cd or dvd back into the player and enjoy.

This process works for game discs, dvds, and cds.

You can also purchase a cleaning kit that will help remove scratches and clean your discs. The product is not expensive and can be purchased at most stores that sell electronics like Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Radio Shack, Circuit City, etc. The following is an example picture to give you an idea of what to look for (you can also purchase the electric ones, but they will cost a bit more). This is a manual one where you turn the knob.


Here is an example of a cleaning kit you can purchase to clean your optical lens inside the dvd player. You can also use it to clean a disc with the solution and lint free cleaning cloth included in the kit.

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Readable DVD's but not CD's


That is a faulty lens. The lens reads DVD and CD on different laser beam frequencies. To read the TOC initial track the lens must focus on the laser beam reflected by the disk. If the lens is opaque, scratched or dirty, sometimes it can focus on DVD but not on CDs or the opposite.
Try using a cleaner disk, if that does not work buy a replacement drive. Today you can get a dual layer DVD RW for less than $30.

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I have a portable dvd player model number mdp1030 the unit keeps saying no disk I have tried numerous disks same results.


then i think the lens is not able to read the disk.

and so i would suggest you to buy a disk cleaner CD and run it in your DVD player and then use your regular disks.

if this is not working then it is some internal fault in your DVD players lens.

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Looks like the lens of the player is dirty or damaged. Try a lens cleaner CD first.
http://www.buy.com/prod/maxell-cd-340-cd-lens-cleaner-lens-cleaner/q/loc/111/90049765.html
If it doesn't work then you will have to get the lens replaced. Since the Player is still under warranty use while you still can..

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