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DVD problem When trying to play a store-bought DVD movie, occasionally some of them just won't play. A few that I've tried are brand new out of the package as well as other older ones- it doesn't seem to descriminate. Most of them I have no problem with. The DVD's in question will work perfectly fine on other players. I have cleaned the system and lens and this has had no effect. What could be going on here?

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  • Steve Fritz Jun 04, 2007

    Thank you so much for your help. Would the pick-up table you mention cause an intermittant problem? It seems like it's only certain DVD's it refuses to read, and if it doesn't like one it won't decide to read that particular one later on if I try it again. Others will play every time. Either way, I will take your advice on taking it to a shop. Thank you!!

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Most likely your pickup table need to be replaced. In some cases you can turn-up the laser amplitude but this is a temporary fix at best. Pick-ups are about $40 - $80 dollars depending on the unit and unless you have the equipment to measure resistance and set the amplitude properly, especially on the new install, don't attempt this repair yourself... A qualified shop can do these in about two hours and probably get the laser for less money than you would pay... Bill

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    William Rayburn Jun 04, 2007

    A pickup going bad - be it a DVD, CD, PS2 or some other laser driven device are pretty much identical in symptoms when the laser is failing. Usually it doesn't go all at once. The unit will play some and not others, ocassionally skip or sometimes pause-out. If a particular disc doesn't play in a unit it's likely it won't play an hour later either. Theory there is based fractal light. Could be the thickness of the film coating on the disc, a cloudy layer slightly different than other discs that do play - but it's pretty much a given set of circumstances and symptoms that hold true for most laser driven media.
    Hope this helps!
    Bill

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