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Freezing My DVD player will play some movies with no problems, but on some movies it will temporarily freeze on a frame and then continue to play. It will often freeze on some DVDs every few minutes and sometimes when it freezes and starts again it will skip ahead in the movie. It even does this on brand new movies with no scratches. It also doesn't seem to freeze in the same spots in the movie.

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Re: Freezing

Probably needs either a cleaning or a new laser picup assembly

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