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Freezing! I have a philips dvd player. When I play a dvd it will work fine for about 40 minutes or so and then it will start to skip and freeze. It's done this several time and with several different dvds. Do dvd players need to be cleaned? And, could that be the problem?

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YES THEY DO OCCASIONALLY NEED CLEANING, MORE OFTEN IF ENVIRONMENT HAS ANIMAL HAIR OR DUST IN IT,
BUY A BRUSH STYLE DVD/CD CLEANER AND RUN IT A FEW TIMES, SHOULD HELP.
MIGHT DO BETTER TO TAKE THE TOP OFF THE UNIT AND CLEAN WITH ALCOHOL WIPES IF YOU NEED MORE HELP WITH THIS ASK ME VIA PM

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