Infrequently the unit freezes during play; normally after a period of use 1/2 way thru a movie. Several times it has not even started a new DVD ( brand new out of box ) it will not read and start up in normal manner; other times it just freezes for several seconds and tries to start with intermitent on / off condition. Unit is aprox 7 years old.
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Re: Toshiba SD 5700 DVD
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Sounds like you have a faulty power supply or logic board. The later is most likely. Once the unit get warmed up the component tolerance become critical to it's performance. If an ageing component is starting to fail then then normally happens once it fairly warm. The reverse can be true, it just depends on what type of part is failing.
I'd check the it's internal power supply for signs of faulty capacitors. However, you do so at your own risk. See this website for details on identifying bad capacitors. Please read the safety warning on the back of the unit before opening. Ensure the unit is unplugged from your mains supply.
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When troubleshooting these units, there are always several variables to consider. First check to see what last occurred with the unit such as did the children play video games, did the electricity go out due to bad weather. You may see that there are many possibilities but let's focus on what occurred last to the unit. Once we determine what happened last, we may isolate the actual cause of the problem. The actual cause may be associated with projection issues, older versions (Picture tube), interference from devices located nearby, and even a radio turned on and located really close to your unit. This is normally known as electromagnetic interference to electronics and is very common with the error you have provided today. Please continue to look for anything EXTERNAL to the unit before looking at the internal components. I have been working on these a long time so feel free to follow up with me. Check the dvd player as well, you may want to run a clean dvd type format which can be purchased at radio shack for a few dollars.
If the units under warranty you may want to contact Toshiba as it sounds your unit is in need of a replacement laser assembly.
If the unit isnt under warranty, Toshiba should be able to supply the parts you need and as long as you mark every thing that you remove, as to know where it goes when re-assembling the unit. The lasers arent difficult to replace. Good luck.
www.tacp.toshiba.com/tacpassets.../sd-k741/docs/sd-k741_om_e.pdf If it does this with Any/Every movie no matter what, then your "Brain" in your unit, has gone faulty, and is freezing at the Load the Movie loading instructions, perhaps bad RAM, or a HDD problem whatever, you will have to get it serviced.
I was having the same issue and I've been to several video stores to rent DVDs and 2 out of 3 rentals have the same affect where it is just 'reading' but even worse, it would play fine and then freeze up during the movie- very frustrating. Now, after 3 years of owning it, it died today. They just don't make them the way they used to :(
Your DVD player is having a problem reading the disc. This is what is accounting for the pausing and the slow loading times...especially if it plays other movies without hitches. Even if the DVD is cleaned, some scratching on the disc will prevent it from being viewed properly. Blockbuster shoudl give you another disc to try of the same movie if you ask. Also, you can try getting a cleaner for your DVD player to remove dust and help it read discs better.
Sounds like youe unit is getting tired my freind. they dont make em like they used to. The unit most likly needs a tracking or focus servo alighnment, but to put it on a bench, and have a tech adjust the alighnments, will most likly exceed the cost of a new unit. The laser could also be getting weak, and the replacement optical assemblies for this unit alone cost about 60 bucks. Then you have labor and alighnment cost, as you don't just throw in an optical pickup assembly and it works. Good Luck
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CD and dvd disc cleaners will not solve the problem, a deeper and delicate cleaning procedure by cleaning the lens manually with an cotton swab is needed... Although the quality of newer discs is to be discussed.