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Freeze and pixelate problems

Im having the same problem with 6 DVD players?Some not very old.Are DVD players not perfected??Some of these players are not very old.I was told by a tech that repacing a laser is more than the machine is worth.Just throw them away.But if I throw them away,I will have thrown away about $500.They're all different manufactures.I never had this problem with VCR's.What I am trying to ask you,are all DVD players defective?Some of the players are pretty expensive,so is it better to buy a cheaper machine,because it'll breakdown in about a year??Do the new blue ray have these same problems?At the cost,you can't really call them throw away models.Is it true that the laser DVD cleaner disk,can actually damage your macines? Can you please give me more info/Thank you for letting me vent.Ray

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Re: freeze and pixelate problems

It does not matter how much a DVD player cost you in the past (say $100+) when the laser unit is gone - it's gone! Your tech guy was correct it can cost as much (or more) to have a laser unit replaced so I'm afraid it looks like a trip to the dump is on the cards.
I had a Sanyo SX-25 DVD player (hell of a unit-used a Sony laser) but mine went the same way as yours. I don't agree that DVD players will break down after a year or so - all it means is that manufacturing them has got cheaper (quite a number are now made in the far east). I will be honest with you, I don't know much regarding Blu-Ray players though I DO know some have had problems.
Here in the UK, I can buy a DVD player for about £20 in a supermarket (about $32 in your money) and probably hack it for multi-region playback as well.
As for DVD lens cleaning discs, well personally I don't like to use them I prefer to clean the lens properly using a cotton bud and isopropyl alcohol which is much a more effective method even if you do have to take the cover off.
I hope this has answered some of your questions but if I were you, I'd pop along to your local Wal-Mart store and see what DVD machines they have in there! (:-)

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