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"loading" at startup

My JVC DR-MH20 continually flashs "LOADING" on start-up and is not functional.

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Re: "loading" at startup

First, let's see if the player tries to read the disc. Load a disc and listen. Does the player make squealing noises or is it totally quiet? Squealing noises may indicate that the player is trying to synchronize with the disc but can't due to an obstruction on the lens or in the laser path inside the pickup or a defect in the pickup. This can also be caused by an intermittent signal problem due to a faulty ribbon cable. Totally silent means that the photo sensor is not getting any usable input from the laser at all, meaning that the pickup is "blind" for lack of a better word. This can be caused by an obstruction of the beam by foreign matter on the lens or inside the pickup all the way to a marginal or failed laser diode and/or photosensor array. This can also be caused by a bad ribbon cable with one or more severed traces. You could try to clean the optics. This is the most common malfunction as far as i know in all disc players. It would involve taking the cover off and finding a way to expose the lense, and then cleaning it with a very gentle brush. some players have a cover for the lense that swings to the side during playing, this greatly reduces the chance of dust accumulating, but its still worth the try. If you actually see dust on the lense, then its just that simple. clean, close, play. Good luck

Posted on Jan 24, 2006

Re: "loading" at startup

Try holding in the start button, -while turning the power on at the wall.
Keep the start button pressed for a good while.
This quite often seems to "wake-up" stupid machines.
Worked today for my DR MH30.

Posted on Nov 03, 2008

Re: "loading" at startup

If you contact JVC customer service you can ship it to their service center and they will fix it (usually free for this issue) but they are slow (~1month) and you will have to pay for shipping it there

Posted on May 27, 2008

Re: "loading" at startup

After getting a "no disc" reading, I opened the player to the ribbon connectors and noticed one was slightly bent on one side. I too a screw driver and placed it under the ribbon and with another driver, flattened it back into shape. I blew air around the unit and brushed the lens with a brush. It now works perfectly!

Posted on Nov 19, 2007

Re: "loading" at startup

Closest thing I have found for an orange sensor light

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