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Philips 642/37 I just purchased the Philips 642/37 player, it does not play a single disc, not a one, i have had it for 2 weeks, first time using it.  Is it me, or is it garbage?

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Re: Philips 642/37

It's not you. if it is not playing any disc and your on correct video input for tv call philips at 1-888-744-5477 and they will help with exchange process as these are exchange warranty models. if your still within grace period for retailer i would recommend taking back to retailer if possible as it would be quicker

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I have a Philips dual VCR DVD player and it will not play a DVD. I hear a clicking sound instead.

I too have same problem,put cleaning disc in made no difference.Have to admit after 6years of use(alot)has to wear out some time.I have asked $ and availability of parts,as am in New Zealand.Considered fixing if possible and not to costly.Brought single dvd player as VCR hardly used anyway.Have asked for answer to go on community board how long that will take who knows.Am going to speak to closest philips contact when I get round to it.

Apr 27, 2011 | Philips DVP620VR DVD Player/VCR

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Need to know how to finalize recorded disc so that it can be played in regular dvd player

You can record and finalize DVD+Rs one time. After you fill a DVD+R or

complete all the recordings you want on a single DVD+R, finalize it.

Otherwise, the DVD+R will play only on this Recorder.To play the Disc on

other DVD Players, you must finalize it first.

Once you finalize a DVD+R, you cannot record on it anymore or make

editing changes.Therefore, make sure the Disc is as you want it before you

finalize it.


Press SYSTEM MENU. Press

; to select in the top left

corner of the menu bar at the top of the TV screen.


Press CH-

9 repeatedly to select in the second screen,

then press



Press CH-

9 repeatedly to select Finalize disc. Finalize disc

appears in the menu only when an unfinalized DVD+R is in the



Press OK.

"Finalizing" will appear in the menu.The process may

take a few minutes.

When finalization is complete, the Index

picture screen will reappear.

You cannot unfinalize a DVD+R, and you cannot record or

edit the DVD+R after you finalize it.

A DVD+R will play on other DVD Players only after the
Disc is finalized.

Mar 22, 2011 | Philips DVDR75 DVD Recorder

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Can I play a dvd region 2 dvd on a Philips 5 disc changer 783c dvd player? its a uk release of a german film. The DVD player gives system menu selections stating many nationalities

just because it may have many languages does not mean it is multi-region.

what you need to do is search for "region free hack" and the model of your player.

If there is one for your player the process takes less than 30 seconds to do (did on my single play philips which is region free whoo hoo)

beware though you may have to spend some time finding the free codes and there are a lot of sites out there that want to charge for this info (dont pay just persevere)

The method is usually power on the dvd press eject whilst holding down a key combnation until a menu comes up then selecting 0 ZERO as the region or somthing similar there are variations even from the same manufacturer.

I disagree with the whole region scam and do not class hacking a dvd player as any form of piracy. its simply allowing me the freedom to choose what i watch from whatever country i want.

Aug 11, 2009 | Philips DVD & Blu-Ray Players

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Does not recognise discs

If this disc that you are trying to use is a DVD+/-RW and it has been used a few times for DVD-Video or DivX then you can try to do a FULL ERASE using the excellent ImageBurn by lightining now at v2.5.0.0 it takes about 20 mins to erase a full single sided DVD

Hope this helps.

Jan 03, 2009 | Philips DVDR3380/05 DVD Recorder

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DVD recorded discs (from VHS) do not play on other dvd players

I called the manufacturer. They admitted to improper instructions. They provided me a fix to their copying protocol and it worked. Also, they game me instructions on how to fix already copied tapes. It works well and I would have to say I was impressed with their customer/technical service.

Dec 26, 2008 | Philips Magnavox DVD/VCR Dual Player

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Disc not being read - reading reading reading

That looks like a lens problem, when there is a fault of different kind you usually get an error message.

If you use a CD cleaner , use a good one , the $2 CD cleaners do not work, you need a kit with cleaning solution. Check here.

Run the CD cleaner a couple of times more , and see if this work.

If it does not work , the unit must be taken apart, and the lens cleaned directly with a cotton stub and cleaning solution, or isopropyl alcohol.

If the lens is defective, then the lens pick up should be replaced.

Oct 26, 2008 | Philips DVD633 DVD Player

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When trying to play DVDs the words unknown disc title appears. Even after several attempts with various DVDs we havent had any success.

have u tried cleaning the hea of ur dvd player?after using a dvd player or cd player for long times of continous play say 6 months or if u play too many scratched discs and u dont clean the head of the player it starts skipping the disc or many a times dosnt recognise the disc so it'll give u errors like "Unknown Disc", "Disk Error" etc so i would really recommend u to clean its head using a dvd head cleaner cd.. its easily available in the video stores or malls.. u can purchase any dvd head cleaner cuz there are number of manufatcures for this. im sure this would solve ur issue.

Oct 06, 2008 | Philips DVD & Blu-Ray Players

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DVD player repairing

Double-check your DVD player's user manual/spec sheet to see if it plays Mp3 format files at all. Find out, specifically what kind it can read.

If your Mp3 disc is a DATA CD instead of an AUDIO CD, then nothing besides a computer is going to play it.

Sep 05, 2008 | Philips Magnavox DVD/VCR Dual Player

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Magnavox DVD Video Player DVD609AT


The manual is available at Philips website, the number for more info in manual is out-of-date; the new number is 1-800-605-8610

This unit has a problem when playing dual-layer discs of some kinds - read the warnings on the Magnavox website - playing the wrong kind of disc will cause an error that will require svc/repalcement to fix

Playable Discs
This DVD Player will play Digital Video Discs (DVDs) and Audio CDs. In order to play a
DVD or Audio CD on this DVD Player, make sure the Disc meets the requirements for
Region Codes and Color Systems as described on this page. Also, the Discs should have
the following logos and should meet these standards.
• Compact Disc-Interactive
• Compact Disc-Recordable
• Digital Video Disc-Video
Recordable (DVD-VR)
• Super Audio CD (SACD)
• Photo CD
• Video CD
• Video Single Disc (VSD)
12 cm
12 cm
Approx. 4 hours
Approx. 8 hours
Approx. 80 minutes
Approx. 160 minutes
20 minutes
8 cm
8 cm
Disc Type Contents Playback Time
Disc Size
74 minutes
DVDs are
divided into Titles,
which are divided
into Chapters.
Titles and Chapters
are numbered.
Audio CDs are divided
into numbered Tracks, i.e.,
a track may be one song.

Unacceptable Discs
If you insert an unacceptable type of disc, “Please insert a playable disc” will appear on
the TV screen. Also, “- - - - - “ will appear on the DVD Player display panel. Insert a
DVD or Audio CD. The following Discs will not play on this DVD Player.

• Compact Disc-Interactive
• Compact Disc-Recordable
• Digital Video Disc-Video
Recordable (DVD-VR)
• Super Audio CD (SACD)
• Photo CD
• Video CD
• Video Single Disc (VSD)

May 28, 2008 | Philips Magnavox DVD/VCR Dual Player

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Sansui VRDVD4000 format

I do not believe this player plays AVI videos, not to mention whatever codec you are trying to use.

Download VSO ConvertXtoDVD and convert your AVI files to DVD and then burn them to DVD-R (NOT DVD+R), the 4.7GB discs (single-layer).

This process takes a very long time, depending on the size of the movies you are converting, some 1-2 hours, some 8-24 hours.

I suggest buying a Philips DVD Player that plays DivX and XviD AVI files, they seem to be the best. You can just burn the AVI to any disc and it will play. [Most popular seems to be Philips DVP 642]


Jan 08, 2007 | Sansui VRDVD4000 DVD Player/VCR

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