Question about Philips DVDR615 DVD Player
I bought this unit used more than a year and never used it since it is defective. The problem is that the door of the unit does not open. I am not sure but I believe that there might me a disk in it.
I have tried the different key pressing suggested for troubleshooting (do not remember them now), on or off the unit does not release the door latch. When I turn the unit on it does die off after a while. Any ideas on how to open the door and see if it works at all? Cheers!
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: philips DVDR 3390/37
I had the same problem. It is likely to get worse. The problem is one of design of the R/W unit. What is "causing" the "blockage" is the stabilization idler mounted on a plastic piece spanning the top of the recorder. It is a plastic disc with a metal ring embedded in it. It clamps down on the dvd once its loaded. It is supposed to release when the eject sequence starts. The read/write head assembly is supposed to rise up to read a dvd or cd and drop back down to a rest position when its time to eject the disc. The head assembly is encased in a metal shell, which is already magnetized or has become magnetized, because mine is. The mechanism pulling the head down is too weak to pull the head all the way down. It moves just a little bit, you hear some noise and the "blocked" message appears on the display. If you take the cover off, you see the dvd still in the "mounted" position, but it has moved a little bit, but the clamp effect of the stabilizer is still engaged.
There are 2 ways I know to get around it, neither is kosher. First, before you go inside, tap the area of the philips case right where you imagine the dvd center to be, if one was loaded. Tap AND hit open, you may break the magnetic link that way, the head drops, the tray slides out. Then always keep a dvd in the player to give the release motor a little help, use a scratch disc you were going to throw away anyway.
Second, you need to open the case, pry the stabilizer up as high as you can, or tap on the plastic near its edge while pressing the "open" button. You may need a pc type screw driver to remove the very small screws that the stabilizer assembly is mounted on. This way you can at least get the disc without further damage to it..You might as well leave the screws off, if you plan to keep using the recorder. I did until I now, 6 months later, have the unknown disc problem. What a shame, it is a good unit, read and wrote to old dvd-rw discs my other recorders refused to touch . Having no real luck finding the drive unit as a sale item, it is really easy to replace, just like a pc drive..that would be under 40 dollars. I would buy another philips, but unless I can find a couple replacement drives to put in the closet it doesn't make sense. I dislike throwing out all those electronics because of a little problem with the R/W unit. Just the words of an old, country network/pc technician.
Posted on Mar 01, 2008
my dvd player did the same problem. and i solved this just with a screw driver:) if your dvd player s guaranty finished!! switch off the player and open the screws which r 2 on sides and 3 behind the dvd. open the cover and take off the two group of cables on the chipset which are on the mechanical part side! (mechanical side: dvd driver) than plug the cables again to their socket. its done! close all and go on ! i hope this will solve your problem as mine...
Posted on Feb 18, 2009
I have the same problem. What I do is push my hand down firmly on top of the DVD Recorder above the tray and while doing this press the open button. If this doesn't work get a screwdriver and poke it into the sides of the tray and pull it away. I find that the first method works best! XD
Hope This Helps!
Posted on Aug 01, 2009
Well you get your firmware from below link -
Posted on Sep 05, 2009
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To convert this player for multi-region playback
This hack should work on all Philips DVD players with any firmware version, and other similar models by manufacturers such as Grundig, Marantz and Yamaha
Please note that if you experience problems with this hack you can obtain firmware version 7.03 and later by visiting the PhilipsSyndicate to obtain files that you can burn to a CD-R and flash your unit to the new version.
The following uses the machines own remote control:
We have heard reports that hacking some players using the units own remote control incurs a 25 change limit after which it will lock the machine in the last set region
We have heard other reports that hacking some players such as the DVDR-880 using the units own remote control can result in an inoperable unit, we recommend you use the OneForAll remote only and consult our Region Hacks forum for more information
If the above does not work, you will have to send the infra-red code RC6 (aka Codeset 4, Key 235 in nerd-speak) to your player with a OneForAll remote such as the OneForAll 6 (or URC7560) or OneForAll 4 (or URC7740) or OneForAll 4 Digital with the following instructions:
NB: Sending these codes to some players, such as the Philips DVDR-980, requires you to select a DVD player remote on the unit as the default IR device, as opposed to the DVD recorder remote it is factory set to. Please consult your player documentation to find out how to do this.
2. The onscreen display should show 11 spaces like this: '-----------'
NB: The actual display may differ slightly depending on the model of your player, may be shown on the unit itself, or may even not be visible on some models at all.
3. Using the number keys on your DVD player's remote control, enter the code 222 222 005 255. Note that this is 12 digits and the last digit will not show on the on-screen display.
NB: For players such as the Philips DVDR-980, DVDR-985 and DVDR-1000 units, you may need to use the code 121 212 005 255 instead. For players such as the Philips DVDR-880 you may need to use the code 121 212 005 00x instead, where x is the desired region, however this also works on other units including the DVDR-985 for setting a specific region. 4. Press the Play button on your DVD player's remote control 5. The onscreen display should now show the words No Disc 6. Power off your DVD player, wait 10 seconds and then power back on
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