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Cannot get "Test Mode Menu" with remote

Both C 13:00 and "no disc" problems happening more frequently on our DAV-S300 System.  I've run a DVD Laser Lens Clearner from RadioShack (should that matter?), cleaned suspect DVDs...no joy.
So I went to try and recalibrate the DVD Player according to a few good instructions in here, but pressing "Title, Clear and Power" in sequence all within 5 seconds, cannot get the "Test Mode Menu", it just turns on the default DVD screen page and shows "no disc".   I have a a factory Sony Remote RM-SS300.  Are there sequences other than the above to get in to Test Mode Menu with differing remotes?
Thanks, Andes

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Press and hold mute and return on the player and turn the volume control clockwise, the setup menu will appear after a few seconds.Go thru the menu and do the required disc calibration.Do not mess with settings you don't understand, else you'll create more problems than you solve.Have some good single,double layer DVD ,SVCD and CD for the calibration.

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For those that are having the skiping up and unreadable disk problems try the following calabration. I did it last night and now my DVD's are much clearer and I'm hoping the skiping problem is gone.

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