Just curious... did you try what was mentioned previously? If you are will to make the effort here is another possible step in troubleshooting. Determine if you have available another player that supports VCDs (brand doesn't matter) at a friend's or family's house - see if you can get the VCD to play there. This may help determine if it is the disc or the player. Otherwise contact Samsung. Be prepared to discover options for return or trade on the unit. I know personally I have had mixed results with VCDs and just plain inexpensive DVD player for that matter too.
I'm at a loss for any other suggestions at this point. Post back if anything is determined.
Yes, according to Samsug's website the unit is supposed to support VCDs. I have seen mixed results when working with VCDs. I don't really have a solution, rather some suggestions on what to check (some may be obvious)... 1) try different VCDs in the player to make sure it is not just tone disc. 2) Again from mixed results, some suggest trying different types of disc CD-R vs. CD+R. 3) Sometimes copies of VCDs may be an issue - try the original. 4) getting a little technical here... make sure you have the latest firmware for the player. You can get upgrade instructions and troubleshooting help at Samsung.
Hope this helps. I know it can be frustrating at times.
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I have the same HT-X40 home theater as you do, and my problem seems similar to yours. It'srelated to overheating. First check the fan and air flow from it. Ifit's OK, the problem can be inside the unit. In my case one of theoutput filter capacitors got broken - it had a crack on its body.Replacement of the capacitor fixed the shutdown on protection. Anotherquestion is what damaged the cap. Preliminary I consider placement ofthe capacitors as a possible problem - they are too close to the outputinductors which can get relatively hot even at normal workingcondition. For details you can check:http://craftsman-hambs.blogspot.com/2009/09/samsung-home-theater-ht-x40-shut-down.html
you have to be in stop mode i.e. in dvd/cd mode but stopped.you hold down the SD/HD button which is in the lower left area of the remote.after a few seconds the screen will go blank and then come back on and say 720p and you repeat the process and it'll say 1080i.hope that helps
Wow, doesnt sound good. My only thought is that on new devices they often have tape and cardboard inserts to protect the device for shipping. Make sure there isnt any tape or packing material stuck somewhere in the device. Otherwise it must just be a bad player. They shouldnt have any problems exchanging it since you just got it. Good luck!
switch from 1080i to either 420p or 720p (720p is actually better)
there is also a downloadable program from samsung.com
search for ht-x40 downloads 8. home theater HT-X40T/XAA Firmware this will upgrade the dvd player