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Dvd player will not play dvd

Upon loading a dvd, it makes noises like it is about to start and then makes the same sound again over and over. no picture from the movie ever plays. the screen stays blue.

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I don't know the age of this DVD drive, nor how often it has been used, but the drive may be at the end of it's 'Life Cycle'. All mechanical devices for a computer have a rating of so may hours of usage.

It could be just something simple though. It may be that the optical eye inside your DVD drive is just dirty, and cannot read DVD's anymore. My solution for this, is to just buy a can of compressed air for computers, and blow the inside of the DVD drive out.

Computer on, open the tray for the DVD drive. Now shut the computer off normally. The dvd drive tray should stay open. Unplug the computer from the surge protector.
Break the plastic lock tab, off of the top of the can of air. This lock tab is put there to prevent depressing the trigger during shipping.
Insert the plastic 'straw' provided with the can of air, into the nozzle.

Try to hold the can of air in a vertical position, as you are using it. (Do Not shake the can) This is not always possible, and it is my contention, that if you are doing a good job, inevitably you will tilt the can along the way. You may see what looks like moisture, coming out of the can if you tilt it. This is okay!
What you are seeing is the propellant for the can of air. The stuff that pushes the air out of the can.

You can stick the straw into your DVD drive opening. Depth is up to you. I advise aiming at the top/backside, and spray your way towards the front. Start from either the left or right side, and go across. Make rows as you move towards the front.

Now go towards the bottom side. This side is your most concern. The optical eye is located on the bottom. You won't be able to view it though. Start at the back/bottom, and making rows again, work your way towards the front.

As you go along with the can of air, you may notice the pressure drops. This is because the air is coming out so fast, that the moisture in the outside air freezes. The straw and nozzle freezes up. You may notice frost on the outside top of the can.

Let the can of air sit for a few minutes. The can will warm up, and you'll be able to use it again.

When you are satisfied the inside of your DVD drive is clean, let the tray set open for a few minutes.
Ten minutes or so, should be okay Sometimes the frozen moisture, and/or propellant, will linger inside the drive. It should dry out within that ten minute span.

If you are satisfied that the inside of the DVD drive is dry, plug your computer back into the surge protector. Wait One minute. Turn the computer on.

Posted on Apr 16, 2009

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