Re: LD Repeats itself every 15 seconds in play, DVD's...
This solution should help or at least decrease the occurances. It has worked for me. The problem seems to be that the original manufacturer lubrication on the glide rails and on the glide track has lost it's viscosity causing the Laser Pick-up Head gliding process to bind causing video to repeat at any random binding point. Open the top cover and play a Laser Disc. Manually change from Side "A" to Side "B". Observe how the Laser Pick-up Head glides on the track and on the glide rail. Stop play mode and remove the Laser Disc. With the tray open, unplug the power at the power electrical cord. Now with the power removed and the tray left open, take a "Q-Tip"™ and spray some ""WD-40"™ on the "Q-Tip"™. Now gently tap the saturated "Q-Tip"™ along the full length of both the upper and bottom glide rails as well as the glide tracks. Repeat this process. Be careful not to touch or lube the Laser Pick-up Head with the "Q-Tip"™. If you do touch the Laser Pick-up Head, just gently clean it with another "Q-Tip"™ saturated with alcohol. When finished, reconnect the power and play a Laser Disc. Manually change From "SIDE "A" to SIDE "B" about three times to spread the "WD-40"™ evenly and ease the gliding process. This solution should help.
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Is this happening with commercial dvds or disks that you've burned? If it's happening with commercial disks, I would suggest trying the player on a different TV to see if the same thing happens. If it does, something is wrong with the player.
The warranty on the player is 90 days from the date of purchase. A receipt is required for warranty exchange.
My dark Knight DVD was only playing the first 4 screens and I burned the firmware upgrade to a CD. It took about 20 minutes from the time I inserted it for it to be complete, then it stopped at 4 again but took about 30 seconds and it began to play perfect.
:: Remote Control Overview 1 POWER Press to power the DVD+VCR on or off. 2 TRK+/- While a tape is playing, press to manually adjust tracking (i.e., to remove white lines from the screen). 3 0-9 Use to select channels and set menu items. 4 SKIP/F.ADV Press to skip ahead in one-minute increments, up to 5 minutes, during VCR playback. Press to advance one frame at a time in Pause mode. 5 SHUTTLE <</>> Press the 4 and 6 buttons to scan forward and backward at variable speeds. 6 MODE/REPEAT Press to set the Play Mode to Random or Programmed Play. Also press to set the Repeat Mode to Title, Chapter/ Track, or A/B Repeat (DVD only). 7 ZOOM Press to zoom in at 2 or 4 times normal magnification (DVD only). 8 100+/3D SOUND Press to select cable channels 100 and above. Also press to activate the 3D Sound feature, which creates the illusion of surround sound with only two speakers (DVD only). 9 DVD Press to set the remote control to operate the DVD deck. 10 MUTE Press to turn audio on or off. 11 VOL +/- Press to adjust the volume. 12 STOP J Press to stop playback. 13 REW AA In DVD mode, press to skip to the previous track. In VCR mode, press to rewind the tape. Press and hold to scan backward during playback. 14 REC F Press once to start recording in the VCR deck. Press repeatedly to add recording time in 30-minute increments. 15 ARROW KEYS Y/B/A/" Press to navigate in the menu system, see page 15. 16 SETUP/ENTER Press to display the DVD+VCR menu system and confirm menu settings. 17 SP/SLP/TITLE Press to set the VCR record speed to SP (Standard Play) or SLP (Super Long Play). SLP is three times longer than SP. Also press to display DVD title menus (for discs with multiple titles only)
Unfortunately without a firmware upgrade the only disks you can use are DVD-R or DVD-RW. The tricky part is that you can ONLY USE 2X speed. Per my conversation with Sylvania there is a firmware update that will allow you to use up to 8x disks, but they are charging $17.00 for it.
Sorry, no suggestion other than don't buy Samsung. That's my conclusion after owning the same model. It worked fine for a while, but now won't load any DVD... usually. Sometimes it will play one, but more often it won't. Mine tries to load ("Loading") for a long time, I hear the DVD spinning, then ultimately the screen displays "This disc cannot be played" or something to that effect.
first try unpluging the device for a half day and see if the problem repeats itself
the manual recommend to ask for a technisihion to repair the unit
before that try this:
take a can of compressed air with a narrow hose
open the discs drawer
try to locate the laser eye with some light
and clean it
it should do the job