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Working fine now suddenly cant read disk

The machine was working fine but suddenly it stopped and now wont read a disk.

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  • christospete Mar 12, 2009

    The problem I have with my Samsung DVD-VR357 is that more and more prerecorded dvds that I rent display the similar reading and reading, cannot read disc and them ejects. I can record fine and play those discs back fine and older prerecorded dvds I have play fine. Just alot of new ones don't work. I can sometimes get a few to play by continuely inserting and ejecting until they start to play. I can tell when I hear a clicking sound that the disc isn't going to play. I called Samsung tech help and their advise was to use a optical lense cleaning cd which I purchased. I used it 6 or 7 times and it doesn't seem to work any better. If the lense needs cleaning then why don't I have any problems with recording dvds and playing then back? And some other ones play fine. I did also use a can of compressed air but no luck. I like the idea of isopropyl alcohol which I have used to clean other equipment but how do I get to the optical lens? I can see inside when the drawer is opened but can't locate the lens. Do I have to take it apart? That's a scary thought. One idea I had was to put a little of the alcohol on the two brushes which are on the optical cleaning cd. It didn't work using the cleaning cd dry. Maybe the alcohol on the brushes will work? I'm just afraid that at the speed a dvd spins it will throw the alcohol around inside the player before it gets to clean the optical eye. Has anyone tried this???

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Hi,
I had a similar problem with my Yamaha DVD player which just kept displaying "reading, reading and reading"- eject-no disc or disc error. I took it into be repaired and was told it needed a new optical lense-cost $120.00 plus fitting.I was told not viable to fix. Not convinced I had a look on the internet and a suggestion given was to buy a can of Air Spray from **** Smith,$14.00 later and blowing the proverbial out of the inside of the unit-Bingo it works for about an hour and then, away we go again-reading reading reading - eject-no disc. Back to the internet and i found a DVD technician who advised the more often than not the problem is a dirty optical lense, and he has saved 100's from the grave by the following method. The most effective way to clean it is with a cotton wool bud soaked in Isopropyl Alcohol and give it a good rub without damaging it. I got the Isopropyl alcohol for $12.00 a 250 ml bottle from the local chemist and did what was suggested. IT WORKED and is still going- not sure for how long but the bonus is I can use the remainder for rubbing down my tired old body, as after shave or a refresher, in addition to fixing DVD's so not all is lost. It's worth a try considering I was going to throw the Yamaha away. Thanks to the internet and the good people who share their knowledge I am happy again.
Hopefully it will work for you. If not, don't forget the other uses for the alcohol.

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