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Cannot play any dvds - re "rating"

When I try to change whatever the "rating is - I am prompted for password.
I don't think I ever put a password on this unit. What is default and OR how can I reset to default, if necessary. I did already chose the reset to factory settings on the menu set up. still the same.
If you can help - I would love it.

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Re: Cannot play any dvds - re "rating"


power on, open disc tray.
On the machine, press and hold the record button and add another finger to hold the Play (x1.3) for 5-10 seconds. The door should stay open. The rating will change to 8.

Posted on Jun 13, 2008

Re: Cannot play any dvds - re "rating"

From the Owners manual--but well hidden: Open tray, Keep Pressing Rec and Play/X 1.3 buttons on the remote for 5 or more seconds. This works.

Posted on Jun 13, 2008

Re: Cannot play any dvds - re "rating"

Solution on this page solved the problem:
First Reset to Defaults and then try the press Play and Record on the unit for 5-10 seconds with the tray empty.

Posted on Jun 13, 2008

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Do the following for unlock the parental control. For this you should need the remote for the DVD payer.
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The Rating menu allows you to block playback
of DVDs based on their ratings.
Setting the Password & Rating Level
The DVD player allows you to block playback
of inappropriate content with a passwordprotected
Rating system (not all discs are rated).
A. From Stop mode, press SETUP.
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