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RCA DVD Recorder dcr8005n ..Disk Error

Hello, I am getting disk errors and dirty disk messages when I try to watch a dvd. I know the dvd is good so I know it is a problem with my machine. I have used an electronic lens cleaner on the player/recorder and that has not helped at all. So I took it apart and cleaned the lens with a cotton swab and rubbing alchohol and that did not help. As a matter of fact, it just goes immediately to a disc error shortly after reading the disc. I can see a little red light shinning on the disc. One bad thing I have noticed since I opened it up and worked on it, is that when I first put a disc in, and it closes, the player brings up that little piece that the lens sits on and trys to push it against the spinning wheel and it continues to make a little noise as it pushes that piece against the wheel. I would appreciate any help and also wonder if maybe I should just look at buying a new part or player/recorder? Thank you. Dan

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My VCR/DVD Model # DRC6200N is not working. I can hear the DVD but no picture, do you have any suggestion what is wrong?

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