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My problem is that when the dvd is inseted the draw closes into the TV but the dvd does not start spinning although 'DVD loading' appears on the screen. The TV is dismantled and there is no obvious sign of any limit switches not making or breaking. Any ideas.

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  • dean155 Dec 11, 2009

    Hi Ginko, Thanks for your 1st reply but unfortunately the disc does not even start spinningwhen the draw closes. Although the TV is 2 years old we have only played a DVD about 3-4 times. Originally when a DVD was inserted and the draw closed, the DVD commenced spinning and it started up in the normal way. Now the draw closes and nothing starts up although 'dvd loading appears on the screen. From reading other forums and on Fixya it would appear other people have the same problem with the same model (LVD198W) although I cannot find any replies to the problem! Any more suggestions? Thanks.



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A DVD player is an optical digital laser device, and it is far more complex than a device that may use limit switches like an appliance.

In your case I understood that the DVD is reading track list (TOC), spinning the disk in a first time, and then not engaging to read the DVD tracks (movie menu, chapters, etc.)

If that is the case, then you have dirty or damaged lens, that is one of the most common problems that you may get on DVDs.

A DVD or CD player works projecting a laser beam on the surface of a plastic disk.
The Laser beam is reflected from disk surface to the lens. The lens will focus on the reflected laser beam, reading data. While the spindle motor movement is coordinated by a controller, that will spin the disk according to what track the lens need to read.

The spindle motor will be started a first time to read the TOC (table of content), then the disk will stop displaying the chapter menu.

If the lens is dirty, opaque or scratched, the player won't be able to focus on the track, and you will get the player hanging on with 'DVD loading' on display and not reading the disk.

When it is a lens problem you can hear a whirring noise, meaning that the spindle motor is working. The whirring will last for several second before stopping and returning no disk, or hanging on forever with Reading Disk message.

Try first using a lens cleaner disk.

If the cleaner DVD does not work, the lens may be cleaned directly, using cleaning solution or isopropyl alcohol and QTips, following instructions on link below.

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Lens cleaning may invalidate warranty, and if not done in the proper way, it can even cause more damage. Before attempting the procedure I strongly suggest calling the manufacturer at the number listed on the user manual.

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