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Refurbished philips dvp642/37 playing and stops playing

I have a refurbished philips dvp642/37 and it has its troubles. it plays disc's for a while, but then it will freeze up, and won't play any disc's, saying "no disc". i have looked at posts online about the C316 capacitor, but i can't find it on my board. i think i have a newer version with updated power supply. the picture i got online describing how to replace it, is different from the power board in my dvd player. well as i said, it works fine for a while. if i unplug the dvd player over night, i will work again for few hours, and will stop working again. first i thought it was the motor that drives the laser back and forth to read the disc, because once i am exprinceing the problem, its like the gear on the motor struggles. tap it, and the machine will play for few minutes and stop reading again. i don't think thats problem though. i think its in the power supply board, which causes the motor to struggle, either sending too much power or not enough. also, there is a small noise that comes from the power supply board, and it get louder when th motor is struggling. its like a small hissing noise. if anybody knows anything, could they let me know.

the top pic is of my power supply board. the bottom is the one the the C316 capacitor is supposed to be able to be replaced.



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The problem is not the power supply capacitor. it will eventually fail, and need to be replaced, but when it does you'll know it because you wont be able to use the DVD at all. it wont turn on, and the standby light will just flicker.

the problem is that your mechanism/lens is probably dirty or dusty or out of alignment.

this device is kind of sensitive moreso than other players. by "sensitive" i mean "cheap"

try cleaning it with soft, lint-free cloth, and windex.

clean your disks as well.

if that doesnt work, you may just need to buy a new DVD.

at $60 its a good deal, even if some of them do crap out too soon. you can spend more $ on a better quality player if this fact bothers you.

Posted on Mar 09, 2008


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