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DVD Drive Replacement VX-500

The DVD drive isn't reading any discs, and I have tried several. It used to play & burn fine. I am sure it is not faulty discs or a dirty lens. Can you simply buy a regular computer internal DVD drive and replace it in the recorder unit? And if so are there any special instructions to do this, or websites that show you how? Thanks in advance!

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It's working - from the first tried!

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SONY does not use off the shelf drives for their units. Newer recorders are not even built by them. They are rebadged Lite-On and sometimes LG. If this were a Pioneer, you could get a new Pioneer PC drive recorder to replace it with. SONY wants you to buy a new unit and I can bet it will be too costly for you to obtain the SONY drive. Solution, do not buy SONY, they do not care about their customers.

Posted on Mar 31, 2007

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Some of the dvd players you can replace the deck with a dvd drive.If it has the power and normal computer dvd rom plug you can replace it and it should work.It is easy to do.just plug the old unit out and the new one in.

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