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DVD player model dvdS55 powers on and says "welcome" it then sounds like it is reading the disk but then abruptly powers off.

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  • stephanie600 Dec 02, 2008

    Thank you, I have tried leaving it unplugged from the wall for a period of time, but it continues to do the same thing as before.

  • stephanie600 Dec 02, 2008

    Is there any way to verify that the laser/motor went out so i can know whether this is fixable or I really need to buy a new one? I would like to avoid buying a new one if it is possible (our landfills are full of enough broken electronics!)

  • stephanie600 Dec 03, 2008

    I have used a lens cleaner before and have already tried unplugging it. Still doesn't work. Any other ideas?

  • stephanie600 Dec 03, 2008

    I opened it up and tried another DVD. It looks like its a problem with the laser. boo hoo... Thanks for the help!

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Most likely it is a gonner. Have you done anything that may have caused this? Dropped it or something.

without a disk in it, try holding the power button down for about 5 seconds and see if it comes on or starts up differently. Some manufacturers set a clear and reboot sequence using the power button.

I think Pioneer does it, maybe yours as well.

when you turn it on, open the drive right away and see if it stays on. If the laser failed or doesnt lift, it should effect it staying on,

If none of this works, then its time to get a new one. Sorry dude.

Good luck

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Your described condition of the Panasonic DVDS55 could indicate that:

  • hardware fault; or
  • firmware fault.
If it were a hardware fault, the unit will perform a self-diagnosis and display the probable area of the mechanical error and thereafter display that as HXX where XX wold be a combination of numbers.

This then would appear to be a firmware fault since the unit could not even complete its initialization stage. If you have performed the "reset" procedures as outline by marked, then the only option is to have the firmware re-flashed into the system by an authorized service center.

Just a start, do postback how things turned up or should you need additional information. Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa.

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    You could try cleaning the lens using a CD disc cleaner in the hope that it is just a dirty lens and the unit would re-initiate soon as it is able to read.

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Its a hardware problem related to a capacitor went out or blown u can check the capacitor that ve leaking or liquid stream and remove it using the soldering tool and see if u can find a same one while using the same reference that described on it.

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You should first open up the dvd player outer panel and see if when you try to play a disc whether it spins for one, and whether the laser moves. If the laser is moving, then try a dvd cleaner that can be purchased from a local retail store such as Radio Shack, Best Buy, Walmart, etc. Then let me know what happens and if anything changes

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This can be power supply board issue and if you can take op its top cover then examine / observe main big capacitor in power supply board that could be leaky or you will see liquid near it.

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Have you tried using different CD? Please try to unplug the power of the unit for about 5-10 minutes then plug it back in. It might just be a dirty lens. Try to use a Lens cleaner.

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It sounds like the laserand motor went out and it is time for a new dvd player

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    it is not fisable to fix a broken laser motor there is way to tell if it powers down and refuses to play dvds

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Try do a reset on the player follow this:

Reset procedure:
Press [POWER í/I] to switch the unit to the standby mode and then back to ON.
Alternatively, press [POWER í/I] to switch the unit to the standby mode, disconnect the AC power
supply cord, and then reconnect it.

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