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Won't play My dvd player says "loading" for a while and then "no disc." It used to play these dvds.

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Re: Won't play

Fixed it! I got a new laser/optical pickup (SF-HD65) and replaced the old one. Replacing it wasn't too hard, just a little fiddly. Once it got it all back together, I fired up the unit with the case open and could easily see the red glow of the laser through the spinning disk. This didn't happen with the old pickup. Every disk I put in (originals and burnt stuff) was detected.

Even though the new laser worked, I can't be 100% sure the 24 pin ribbon cable / flat flex cable (ffc) connecting the laser to the mainboard isn't dodgy (I didn't try the old laser again). It's very flimsy and I may have somehow managed to re-seat the connectors better or bend the cable enough to make a contact over a break. If I get the "no disc" error again I'll replace that with the same or similar. For all out there it has the following written on it Kotobo E188165 AWM 20798 80C 60V VW-1. It's about 25 cm long, has 24 pins.

Regardless, I'm happy I didn't send the player to landfill. For $15 + shipping, replacing the optical pickup was cheaper than buying a new player that plays as many formats.

Posted on Apr 11, 2008

Re: Won't play

The quality of the lens is an issue with this very cheap player.
I have to clean the lens about every 6 months as the problems you describe start to occur. Is now a routine for me, takes only 10 minutes ...

  • Remove 6 (only 2 last with mine) screws with the torx
  • remove phillips 2 screws of the plastic 'cd holder bridge'
  • use spiritus to clean the lens
I've tried to clean the infrared LED of the remote to improve performance of that precission instrument; no luck ....

Posted on Jun 06, 2008

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Sometimes it will load if I slap the thing the right way. Unplugging and plugging back in worked good for awhile. Won't buy another Phillips.

Posted on Mar 24, 2008

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I have the same problem. This dvd player used to paly every DVD's single and double sided, but now 10 months later it won't play anything. I will bring it back to the store since it should still be under warranty

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Was this player playing previously? And how long have you been using this player? I suspect the lens of the player. Once the lens of the player becomes weak, it won't play discs any longer.

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