You can hook up an external dvd player with the rca cables, just switch input to "a/v" to watch dvd player. ours stopped working too. the motor that spins the dvd's just gives out and starts slipping, the laser cannot read the disc unless it spins fast enough.
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Perhaps you tried to make a DVD yourself? and most DVD players accept DVD with photographs and MP3 music, but only when you keep yourself to the folder format and file format, described in the manual. When you try to burn a DVD from a MP4 file, you can be sure it won't work.
Can you share what you think should be on the disk you try to play, when the player responds with invalid file format? and can you add the brand an model number in the text, in stead of on top of the question?
Probably not. You can try one of those 'cleaning' CD's that attempt to brush out excess dust, or you could try blowing some canned air in at an angle to encourage any dust inside to exit, but other than that, nothing you can do to fix. If de-dusting fails (and it's not likely to help), the laser or another non-replaceable part inside has failed or gone out of alignment. Do NOT attempt to dissassemble a DVD player yourself (lasers!); you could try a repair shop, but the cost is not practical (a standalone DVD player goes for as little as $25 these days). Good luck to you.
Try rechecking all wire connections for proper placement and fit too and from the tv. Try adjusting the video format on the DVD, flip through 480p and 1080i. See which format works best with your tv. Do the same with Wii.
Ran into the same problem with this DVD player and my LG tv. Try this:
Open the DVD tray, with the DVD tray open press the HDMI select button until the proper resolution for your tv is illuminated, put the DVD back in, close the tray and try again. Simple fix -- worked beautifully for me.
If the disk is not spinning in the drive, and a invalid disk message appears, remove the disk and unplug electrical socket. Open the DVD tray and remove the disk. Locate the lens within the tray. You should notice that it is on a small tab that moves left and right. Its default position is to the right, near where you clip in the center of the DVD. If it is all the way to the right, it is stuck. Find a small screwdriver, or something equivalent, and GENTLY pry the tab loose. DO NOT touch the lens, or pry near the lens, this may damage the player. Brace the other end of the loading tray while you're prying because it may require more force than you think. Keep in mind, this was the solution for me while the disk was NOT spinning and reading an invalid disk message. I'm currently stuck on that problem.