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No Valid Disc - Toshiba SD-P1900

Same problem - no valid disc - player is 5 months old and toshiba wants me to pay shipping because service centers don't want to work on small electronics. Also I'll have to pay $59 for repair. any help would be appreciated...

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  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2008

    Very same problem, No Valid Disc Error, after less than 4 months use.

  • orop032 Apr 28, 2008

    Same "No Valid Disk" for me. Player is 7 months old and has been used no more than 20 hours. Have tried several different DVD's. Have disconnected the battery for several hours. Am now trying battery disconnect for a few days. Will also try some CD's since this box is supposed to read that media format.

  • docindakar Aug 02, 2008

    same problem: no valid disc. 

  • Anonymous Aug 20, 2008

    Same problem on a unit where less than 10 movies have been played in the entire year - This is a very common problem with this unit.

    Suggested repair - call the lawyers and urge a class action lawsuit. Toshiba took consumers for a ride on this one..

  • Anonymous Aug 27, 2008

    Same problem, disc doesnt spin but when hit the "mode" button it spins and if i press it again then it spins but it still doesnt play. the off & on method worked at one point but then it stopped.



  • alanddavis Dec 07, 2008

    At this point I have done and experienced all the same issues as the rest of the posts. Nothing Works!

  • Anonymous Dec 11, 2008

    I have not a valid disk issues (sounds like it's trying really hard to read the disc) with DVDs but plays DVDs with DivX on them just fine. Anyone found a solution to the problem?

  • rumvs2b1 Dec 24, 2008

    I have used this DVD Toshiba 3x and no it says no valid disc.
    I need it for the flight to Vegas tomorrow.



  • JRH24 Jan 26, 2009

    "No Valid Disc" tries hard to play but doesn't seem like it's spinning fast enough to play the DVD. This is ridiculous.

  • mdbullington Feb 21, 2009

    same as the others

  • vegman99 Apr 11, 2009

    I have had this unit for 9 months and just started getting the 'No Valid Disk' message. This is obviously a manufacturing defect. I'm surprised and disappointed with Toshiba quality.

  • sv650rider May 20, 2009

    I have the same exact problem "no valid disc". Like everybody on this forum, it just happened. I also barely used it. Toshiba should recall this "stupid" player or have them fix it. I was actually planning to buy a Toshiba laptop before I bought this dvd player...BUT NOT ANYMORE!!!...until Toshiba fix this problem I will not buy any Toshiba brand.

  • Brian Wormald
    Brian Wormald Nov 19, 2016

    A friend asked me to look at his - same problem. 'No Valid Disk'. Tried all the tricks mentioned in this thread - nothing worked. Absolute piece of rubbish...Toshiba should be ashamed of themselves. It's just reinforced why I know that I will never buy Toshiba again. Had a laptop - went belly up. TV's / Monitors....unreliable. Stay away folks.......!

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Yep sone of a gun ! With the Toshiba Portable DVD Player, hold the "Mode button" down for several seconds and it will make a chain saw noise take your finger off, hit it again once and bingo now it works. I was ready to throw this player in the trash!

Posted on Aug 15, 2009

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I have the same problem and thanks to everyone - I got it to work... this time.  It would power on but wouldn't spin/load and got the "no valid disc" error.   I turned it off/on several times, pushed down firmly on the dvd to "set" it (even though I was sure it was already in there right), then I pushed the mode button, then pushed the laser eye up to the top several times.  Then I hit the bottom of the player pretty hard and then the mode button again and boom!  It took off and sounded like a chainsaw  ---   so loud   --- I opened it because I coudn't get it to stop and it wouldn't.   Powered it off, back on and now it plays.   weird.   I haven't used it in a long time - it's almost like it was froze-up and I had to unstick it.

Posted on Apr 22, 2009

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I figured the right way to hold the mode button to get the chain sound is to power off ; hold the mode button; and power on
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pwer on and hold mode right awy
step 2: wait for chain sound
step 3: click on mode again to go into dvd mode

Posted on Sep 04, 2010

  • Gigglingoth Noonesbiz Dec 10, 2011

    How crazy is this fix?!?! I bought the Toshiba SD-P1900 at a thrift store for 9.99. Got it home and I kept getting the disc error message. It's in new condition so I had really hoped to find a solution. Crazy as this solution was I had to try it. And it worked! I cant thank you enough!!

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We had the same problem with the "No Valid Disc" message. The DVD disc did not even seem to be spinning. Out of frustration, my wife started hitting various buttons while the error message was displayed. When she hit the "Mode" button, the problem went away, the disc was loaded and we have not had this problem since. No rationale reason why this would work...

Posted on Apr 21, 2009

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Toshiba SD-P1900 - Holding the MODE button trick worked like a charm! Like everyone else, it was headed for the trash and now working like new again. Thanks a million to everyone who posted!

Posted on Mar 15, 2010

  • noel336 Aug 11, 2011

    Great that this info is still here a year on. The Mode button trick fixed mine, too. Many thanks!

    Noel

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Hadn't used it in a while. Same problem, same solution - pressing the mode button for several seconds worked - made the chainsaw sound and it's now working perfectly. Thanks very much!

Posted on Jul 26, 2009

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    Beverly Harris Apr 02, 2015

    Thank you so much for this info. It worked. I was going to throw it out.

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Take out your disk and slide the laser eye to the top with something soft like a q-tip. replace disk and restart. i have to do this almost every time i play a disk

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Posted on Feb 28, 2009

  • kyoungdb9 Oct 27, 2010

    I fixed this by removing small items that had got stuck in the mechanism. The items were not visible until I opened it up.
    First take the back off the player, then take the black cover off the laser area. Carefully pick out whatever is stuck - ours had popcorn in it...! Then reassemble the case.
    This player has a wide open area below the disc, making it easy for things to fall in.

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I also get the "no valid disc" error occasionally. In every case, it has been caused by a disc that is not seated correctly in the player because 1 of the 3 clips on the center hub has not "clicked" fully. The problem appears to be related to specific discs. For example, it happened with almost every disc in the "24" boxed set, but most discs are no problem. If I remove and re-load the disc and verify all 3 clips have "clicked", the problem is fixed. If they are not all clicked, the disc does not sit flat on the hub and it can't spin freely

Posted on Dec 30, 2008

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Wow, thank you everyone! We were about to trash our player and buy a new one. Pressing the mode button cleared the no disc error and made the DVD start spinning once again.

Posted on Jan 04, 2010

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Wow! Thanks for the advice here, Like many others, you just saved me from throwing my Toshiba SD-P2800 in the trash this morning.
I had a slightly different variation on the same theme.
Holding down the Mode key was doing nothing.
Then I tried sliding the laser eye to the centre. This caused the machine to at least TRY and play the DVD but it eventually failed to play and took me back to the "no valid disk" message.
However, when I then pressed and held down the Mode key - bingo! It works!!
Many thanks

Posted on Jan 19, 2010

  • Preston Rhem Feb 13, 2011

    I've had this Toshiba SD-P1900 for over 3 years. I've only used it about three times since ZZZI bought it. I have not used it in more than a year. I went to use it and got the "No valid disk" message. I did exactly what was suggested and held the mode button down until I heard the chain saw noise. I had to do it several times but now it's playing a dvd. I guess I'll have to use it more often. I'm so grateful for this web site and the person who offered the fix it suggestion. This was an expensive dvd player and I'm glad that I didn't have to throw it away after only using it a few times. Thanks!

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Same scenario - "no valid disk". pressing the mode button saved it from an early death!
Thanks to those who posted.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009

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I tried the solution recommended below - pushing down firmly on the disk and making sure all three clips clicked. So far, it is working . . .

Posted on Apr 11, 2009

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Not a solution, but a thank you to all above suggestions...I haven't used my Toshiba portable player in probably 1 year, and I just couldn't get it to spin and play; was getting the No Valid Disc error also, so I tried the Mode button solution; that didn't do anything at first, but I kept pressing on it like mad and finally, I got the chainsaw sound, but it still couldn't read the disc. I then played with the laser eye (which, from what I understand, is just the wheel in the middle that fits in the centre of the disc, right?...I am sure you certainly don't mean the lens, huh?!) Anyway, I tried to lift the eye a bit, then powered off and on and now my DVD is playing perfectly with no grinding sound even! Maybe we should take the manual seriously and play this thing more often then once a year! Wow, what a delicate machine.

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I fixed this by removing small items that had got stuck in the mechanism. The items were not visible until I opened it up.
First take the back off the player, then take the black cover off the laser area. Carefully pick out whatever is stuck - ours had popcorn in it...! Then reassemble the case.
This player has a wide open area below the disc, making it easy for things to fall inside.

Posted on Oct 27, 2010

One thing I tried that works so far, (now I jinxed it) is if when I put the disk in and close the dvd cover and I don't hear it starting to spin, I turn the machine off and then back on again...so far so good.... Technology rules!!!

Posted on Jun 24, 2008

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Found it at a yard sell for $5.00. Loading....No Valid Disc ...I had a slightly different variation on the same problem.

Holding down the Mode key, turning 'On' and 'Off' then mode button, was doing nothing. I even hit it hard on bottom. Tried this many times. But I also wasn't getting the chainsaw noise (it's loud when you get it)

Then I tried sliding the laser eye to the center (gently). As it was up close to the middle wheel like it is suppose to be. This caused the machine when I turned it on and pressed mode twice and held down the Mode button to make a very loud noise. Had to turn it off to stop it (after a good 5 seconds). Put a disc in and it loaded after holding the mode button down one more time. Bingo! It plays all my DVD's and MP3's !!

Many thanks

Posted on Dec 06, 2015

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I had same problem. Only used player 3 times. Held down the MODE button, got the chainsaw sound, turned it off and then on and it works! Thank you! Going on a long car trip with my nephews and really wanted to use the DVD player to keep them entertained.

Posted on Jun 17, 2010

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Glad I looked this up. worked perfectly.

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