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Disk loads sporadically or stops playing

Kids left the machine in "menu" mode for a couple of days. Disc would not load. So...
There are three screws I see when you take the bottom cover off. Two are on the ribbon cable where it enters the laser carriage. The third is on the carriage and has a dot of green paint to show if it has been tampered with. OF Course I tried to adjust this screw, and it helped a bit, but is still sporadic. What do those screws adjust, and which should I concentrate on? Thanks experts! Lou Houck

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I got a new machine, when I transfer from VHS to DVD-R it records, but will only play on the machine I recorded on, it doesn't load on other DVD players, why is that?


You need to FINALIZE the DVD-R you recorded in that unit for it to be playable on other DVD players. This function should be part of the on-screen menu for your unit. (in Panasonic DVD recorders, it's under DVD MANAGEMENT in the FUNCTIONS menu).

If the disc you recorded is already loaded, but stopped, press SETUP on your remote - an on screen menu should appear.

Using the UP/DOWN arrow keys, select DVD MENU and press ENTER. Use the UP/DOWN arrow keys again to select FINALIZE and press ENTER.

A message box will popup 'Finalize disc?' use the UP/DOWN arrow keys to select YES then press ENTER. Finalizing should start and may take a while to complete.

Once complete, the disc is now playable on other DVD players. (from page 32 of the owners manual with the heading 'PLAYING THE DISCS IN OTHER DVD PLAYERS')

Feb 10, 2013 | Toshiba DVR620 DVD Recorder/VCR

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Player stays in loading mode never finishing and playing the dvd


see the causes and fix it: God bless you
  1. No disc. - Load a disc into the tray.
  2. Disc has been loaded upside down. Place the disc with the label side up.
  3. Disc region code does not match region code of the player.
  4. Disc type is not the correct type to play.
  5. Disc is damaged or dirty. Clean the disc or try another.
  6. Moisture may be condensed inside the unit. Remove the disc and the leave the power on for one or two hours.

Clean with disk cleaner the Lens +OPU

Jul 21, 2012 | Audiovox D1812 Portable DVD Player

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Every time I play Avatar in my samsung blu ray player bd-p1000 the screen on the dvd player says interactive but then it starts playing the opening credits and it wont go into menu mode, I can't do...


We have finally managed to get avatar to play!!!!! We had the same problem. Frustrating I know - but after returning the DVD back to the shop three times, trying updating previously, then waiting for another update from Samsung from Sept (they have not provided a further update) - we are feeling jubilant!

We copied the firmware to a CD disc once again. It did not initally look as if it was loading but if you wait you are asked if you if you want to upgrade eventually. Once you affirm - it takes a good five to ten minutes to process the firmware/ upgrade. It tells you when it has completed. We discovered by chance that you need to then switch off the player and switch back on again for the update to become functional.

Initally we still could not get AVATAR to load as far as the menu screen. We tried newer Blue Ray DVDs purchased December that previously would not play - and now do! To get AVATAR to play we switched off & on the blue ray player with the disc still loaded a couple of times and each time we got a little further towards the functioning menu screen.

A lot of messing around, so be sure you have the time available to persevere!

Dec 09, 2010 | Samsung BD-P1000

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New Sharp BD-HP16U won't play Blu Ray Discs


You need to force the player to the the Top Menu of the disc.
The way to do this is: load disc, wait until it says "Reading Completed" (about 1 minute).

Wait for the PLAY icon ">" to show in the upper right corner (this may take up to 30-40 secs).

Once you see the ">" Hit the STOP button on the remote to get to the player's splash screen.

From the Sharp splash screen Hit the "Top Menu/Title List" button on the remote and wait for the circulating dots and then the disc menu appears.
Play the movie from the menu and you should be good to go.

~JC

Jun 02, 2009 | Sharp BDHP20U Blu-Ray Player

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I have had two or three instances where certain blu-ray movies would not load. The screen would be in a perpetual "loading" mode, but will never finish the sequence. I thought it was a bad movie, so I...


You may need to check for updates for your particular blu-ray player from the manufacturer's website... many companies are sending out patches you need to download to play more current movies... check it out, that may be all you need...

Dec 29, 2008 | Sony BDP-S301 Player

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My Samsung BD-P1400 is frozen on "load" and disc tray won't open


My player worked fine couple of days ago, then last night when powered up, message was "load" and it stayed like this forever, and tray open would not work. Tried everything, nothing worked. Left unplugged from power for 24 hrs and bingo everything worked as should. I suspect that the unit is still trying to load info from last disc which I stopped in the middle of some bonus material, even though the disc was no longer in the tray.

Dec 26, 2008 | Samsung BD-P1400 Blu-Ray Player

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Player won't load any discs


I don't have a solution at this time. I have the same DVD player and mine stopped working this past weekend. It is doing the same thing as yours. I opened the case and loaded a disc and watched the mechanism. The disc won't spin. if you tap the disc it will start spinning and load and start playing. I thought I had fully fixed it. It will load most times but now the video and audio stutters as if the discs is spinning at varying rates.

Apr 06, 2008 | Sony DVP-NC85H Multi-disc DVD Player

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Cyberhome dvr1600 problems


Try cleannng machine with dvd cleanner if u have staples surplus near u it only costs 10 can cn twice thiswoked for me had a same promblem.

Aug 10, 2007 | Cyberhome DVR 1600 DVD Recorder

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How to finalize


i have spent 2 months looking for this answer myself... and at last success! i downloaded the user manual from funai(they made this model) available here: http://www.funai-corp.com/6pdf/om/MWR10D6.pdf on page 38 it instructs you to press setup on your remote, from the drop down menu you need to select disc edit and then select finalize. this aggravated me at first because nothing happens when i hit the setup button, i powered off the unit and hit setup before the disc loaded. this step is not mentioned but is necesary. you cannot finalize a disc after it has loaded to the title menu.

Jul 25, 2007 | Philips Magnavox MWR10D6 DVD Recorder

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DVD starts to load but does not play.


Not sure if anyone found this solution, worked for me.
1. Press SETUP
2. Press FFW, F REW, NEXT, PREVIOUS
3. Change the code to 255 using the RIGHT arrow key

This will unlock the DVD player for all regions.

Jan 26, 2007 | Coby TFDVD5000 Portable DVD Player

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