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Hi, I have a PHILIPS DVDR5520H/05 HDD & DVD player/Recorder. When i plug it in the light on the OK button comes on and the display reads STARTING and a symbol below 0(((. Then the symbol disappears and the STARTING display just stays on. None of the buttons on the front of the device appear to work and on the screen the Philips logo appears then disappears. Any thoughts welcome.

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I think Philips must have a timer on this unit to fail, I am also having the same problem and I think the hard drive failed. I currently have installed a new drive and held the play and open close buttons down when the power comes up. It will ask for a cd to be installed when initializing the drive. I am currently searching for that cd and will let you know if any luck with the install.

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try all the above but wheh u tpye in the 159 121212 005 255 then tpye the 2960 on to it then press the play button then press home to exit

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I had this problem, it was solved by reformatting the hard-drive.

NOTE: if you do this, all settings and all that is saved on the harddrive is lost. But seeing that you can't start it anyway, that is acceptable, right? :)

Anyway, here's how you do it, according to Philips support:

  1. Pull out the power cord from the socket.
  2. Press and hold PREV and STOP (i.e. left and down) on the front panel.
  3. Plug the power cord into the socket again.
  4. Wait until the front panel says "FMT KEY" to let go of the buttons. Wait for it to finish formatting, upon which you will get "-- --" on the panel.
Restart the box and you should now end up at a screen asking you to set the language for the box, as if being started for the first time ever.

Also of note: if you want to restore the firmware to factory settings, Philips support told me to pull the cord, press and hold the STANDBY button, and plug it back in again. For the looping problem though, I didn't need that.

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