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Tray is not opening

Hi, few years ago I bought Philips DVP642 player and was realy happy with its performance till the last year. When I was trying to power it up - display was showing me the word "Loading" and then it hangs. I tried to press the Open Tray button and display showed OPEN, but tray was still closed. Then I bought the same player again, and it worked great for almost 2 years with no problem till today. This time I can't even turn it on - the light on the button just flashing -that's all. I will be really thankfull to anybody providing me with a solution/ advice on it because I love this player very much. It plays everything, especially Divx files and PAL DVDs which I am usually watching. Thanks in advance

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Re: Tray is not opening

To open the tray this is not a perfect fix, but it will allow to use it. After the unit is powered on: 1)Hit the "Open/Close" button 2)Wait a while (you will get the timing down with practice) 3)Tap gently, yet briskly with fingertips at area in the attached pic, that the red arrow points to I think the problem is that the tray becomes unbalanced somehow. Because when a DVD is in, the drive opens fine, only when there is no disc do you have to tap on the unit.

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There is a motor along with belt to control the disc tray for every DVD player. If this belt or motor [loading motor] has trouble, the tray won't come out or get into. Check these for perfectness.

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Dvd player cannot read disc. message: no disc

Hi - Sorry you're having such trouble. I'm going to assume you have tried multiple discs, if not do that.
I also suggest you get a CD/DVD lens cleaning disc and try cleaning the unit (the disc will clean the laser lens.)
If that doesn't work there's a good possibility that something is broken and with the prices of DVD players for as low as $30 there would be (opinion here only) no good reason to fix it. BTW I had the same unit some years ago and it was a ground breaker when it came out -- one of the first inexpensive players able to play Divx and Xvid files.
Good Luck, Mikeywaf

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In my Philips DVD players, recently I have tried to play few film DVDs, and it showed region error/or wrong region. Could you please help me out with this and tell me what should I do?? I talked to the...

The DVD you're using is probably from elsewhere than the region you live in. It is almost certainly possible to temporarily change the region by using a trick which will not damage your machine in any way. Google "Philips DVP642 region hack" and there will be an answer.

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Stopped during play, made cherpping sound, cannot remove dvd

try to replace the motor 5volts,co'z its weak to read the disc.then try to change the rubber of your disc loading tray.for a normal open close tray.( ronxin

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I bought this Centrios recordable DVD player; model #1611305 five years ago at the Radio shack store in Ottawa. now it can not open & inject the window. can any body help me out. Thank you very much.

the disc tray is operated by a mechanism inside the player, the problem would be that it is old and weak and cannot perform its functions anymore.

all you have to do is open the dvd player, gently unscrew the mechanism and replace it with a similar mechanism.


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u can get manual from dis site

May 30, 2009 | Philips DVP642 DVD Player

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The site I have used for the last few years is called, and they have a section of the site dedicated to DVD HACKS . It's a simple search engine, just take down the name and model# of your DVD player and if a hack exists (there are thousands out there) then just print out the instructions, take your remote control and program your DVD player. And there you have it. You can now play disks from Japan, England, Australia, anywhere you want!
Here's the best part.
You don't need an expensive player. In fact, the easiest players to unlock are at the cheaper end. I bought a Phillips DVD player (DVP642) for $40 from BestBuy a few years ago, unlocked it in 10 seconds and watched a bunch of British comedy the same day. Yesterday, I upgraded that player to a DVD player with HD capability for the impending HDTV we'll need to buy. I checked out VideoHelp for players on the BestBuy website that had a remote hack available and found this one - a Samsung Progressive-Scan DVD Player with HD Upconversion - Model: DVD-HD860 . It was $89.99 (on sale from $99.99) and then I used the following region hack:
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  2. Open tray
  3. Push the info on remote once (with supplied remote) You will see numbers.
  4. Press 9 for multi-region. keep trying until you see the number 9 appear in upper left corner
  5. Power off
  6. Power on
That was it. A nice new upconvert DVD player that plays any DVD, and it got a great rating on CNET too. All for less than $100 including tax. So, if you do have a DVD player that you'd like to convert, you can try it. The site does WARN that any action you take may invalidate the warranty, so try it at your own risk. All I can say is that I've never had a problem. Best of luck.

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hi!your english is good!!
please try this:hope it helps!
dvd player on 
open tray 
(no disk inside) 

1. Turn on the player. 
2. Open the tray. 
3. Press the following sequence on the remote: 9-9-9-9-0 
4. The number 0 will appear on the lower left side of your screen. 
5. Your player is now region free! Put in a DVD and enjoy!
NOTE: The 0 in the sequence above represents the region code. 0 = region free. If you want to change your player to just a specific region code, replace the 0 with the region number you want.

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clean the disks as well as possible with cleaner and soft cloth. the problem is not the disks, but the fact that the DVD reader has become really sensitive.

if that wont help, open up the case (screws on sides and back), and clean the DVD mechanism and lens as best as possible.

you still might be SOL, but its worth a try since its out of warranty, and a replacement player is $60.

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