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Not reading all DVDs

The system will play about 80% of DVDs but every now and then I get one that it won't read (these are new DVDs). Just to check out that it is not a faulty DVD I can play them on my PC and laptop but not on the Sony DAV-S888

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Re: Not reading all DVDs

This problem has been getting more and more of a popualar complaint and there is no real setr answer for it as I have found that when i see this happening theres an alighnment issue, a foggy lens, dirt or hair in the carrage assembly track or worm gear, and also a weak laser assy. Good Luck

Posted on May 18, 2006

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