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Screen is always dim

Whenever I insert a disk into the DVD player the screen goes dim even though the DVD is still playing. This dim screen is supposed to appear when the screen is closed against the base of the DVD player. For the first second the screen is normal but after that first split second it reverts back to the dim power saving screen. It should only do this when the white peg under the screen is pressed down but it does it whent he peg goes down and when it is up.???

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SOURCE: Dim screen

This could either be an inverter issue, or a backlight issue. Lamp replacement varies from very easy, seconds, to impossible without returning the entire panel to a service depot. There are some other possibilities (cables, motherboard problems controlling the backlight) but they are RARE. Inverters are relatively cheap (they are not "cheap", but they are still 80% less than a new LCD panel and 75% less than replacement backlight IF you could get it replaced). A new inverter is likely to be in the $50-$75 range. Any difference when working with batteries as opposed to AC? If so then it could be related to a power saving setting. But if your screen is completely dark, only visible with a light flashed at the screen, then that's not it. Good luck post a comment for the result

Posted on May 08, 2006

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SOURCE: DVD player isn't showing anything

do you hear movement inside like disc rotating, if so then the switch that closest lid is damaged. This is when you fold dvd down it hits this switch to turn monitor off. It could be damaged. If there is no noise or movement then power supply has damaged or batt dead and no power goes to it from power cord.

Posted on Aug 22, 2007

SOURCE: Will not play any DVD

Turn off and disconnect power from unit. Check laser shuttle worm gear, look for dirt or hair (as I found). Remove with tweezers carefully. Check lubrication of worm gear shaft. If gone or worn, use white lithium grease to lube (very little). Play music CD 2 - 3 x. Than DVD. Worked for me.

Posted on Jun 04, 2008


Mine is doing the same thing. I turn it on, it lights up, it says open, but it won't play dvds or cds. Its not spinning and theres no sound. It used to be a good little player. Is it fixable for a reasonable price or is it shot? Thanks for your help, Jim

Posted on Jul 10, 2008

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SOURCE: problem with reading disk


the reason your player will not play any disc is because there is a problem with the lens.

it is either weak or dirty.

try to use a lens cleaner, if it is dirty, after using a lens cleaner,it will work perfectly.

if it does not work after using the lens cleaner, then you try to replace the lens completely.

it will work work perfectly again.

take care

Posted on Jun 08, 2010

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SOURCE: No picture appears on the screen when I play a

Hi, the problem you are having is very common with all types of devices such as dvd players,phones,laptops/netbooks, etc basically anything that flips or slides open, now what is causing the loss of feed to the screen is a damaged data ribbon.
this data ribbon is a thin piece of ribbon with several single strand copper wires running through it and what happens is over time when you keep opening and closing the screen this ribbon keeps bending so it keeps the connection between the screen and the circuit board in the bottom half of the player, now over time this ribbon becomes brittle and what then happens is one or more of the copper wires that run inside this ribbon become brittle and break this then causes loss of conection with the screen and you then get no picture or any sort of feed to the screen.

now if this was a phone that you had the problem with then it would be a very easy fix as most phone shops will stock the data ribbon and as its a common fault its cheap to get fixed, how ever as yours is a portable dvd player then this is a different story, you would need to take it to a electrical repair shop or tv repair shop and ask them if they can order and fit the part for you, but as its a Mintek one then the chances of repair are slim as parts are hard to come by as they are not made to be repaired, todays electronics are throw away items which i think is bad practice as most could be fixed for a few quid and would save them going to landfill, getting the part yourself would be pretty much impossible but if you take it to a tv repair shop they may be able to match the part up off something else and get it working for you.

you will need to ask about the price and then decide if its worth getting fixed compared to buying a new player, i would say if its more than 2 years old then i would scrap it as the laser unit will be the next part to fail, if its less than a year old i would try and get it fixed as you should be able to get at least another 12 months out of it if you can get the part and have it fitted.

let me know how you get on or if you need further assistance ok

Posted on Nov 13, 2010

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