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DVD player image goes dark regularly

I got a 2nd hand Toshiba DVD player recently: it worked fine until 2 days ago when I fell off a stepladder, which landed on top of it! (BTW the DVD slides in and out of the front of the machine.) Now when I play a video the image starts OK, then darkens gradually to black, then goes back to being OK again. I've tried cleaning the lens and making sure all the switches still seem well attached. Any other ideas? Answers in very simple language appreciated. Thank you!

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As it was banged hard, I would suggest looking for a bad solder joint.

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  • Sarah Shepherd Jan 19, 2013

    Thanks--how do I know a bad solder joint when I see one?



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This kind of symptoms is an indication that the optical lens of your unit gone to tracking problems on the blu-ray disc that's why it loaded the disc for a long time and yet can't play it. This is not a DIY and can't be resolve even a disc cleaner kit because the optical lens needs to re-calibrate. Test instrument like oscilloscope and copy of the service manual is needed for this procedure.

Since you're unit is still under warranty period, avail it because the manufacturer will fix it for free. Don't attempt to open the top cover because it will void the warranty. You may contact Sony's eservice or your local service center to inquire where you can avail it.

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