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Toshiba dvd player not reading Taiyo yuden blank media

Toshiba RD SX25 is not playing dvd media says it is dirty or scratched .. but the dvd media will play in any other player even a cheapo one dvd media being used is Taiyo Yuden

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  • flyingscot Mar 15, 2008

    complete assembly removed and new dvd drawer with new board fitted and still the same problem

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2009

    recorder will record onto disc, but will not finalise.

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    cannot play dvd with media player

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It is probably the player that is dirty or scratched, You will have to buy a lense cleaner kit usually no more than $30, similar to cleaning the heads on a vcr. If that does not work then you will prob have to get it professionly cleaned.

Posted on Mar 14, 2008

  • Craig King Mar 16, 2008

    It could be then that the player is not compatible with the disc, i know its sounds strange but i have across a case before where a toshiba RDXS44 would not read more than half of a pack of 50 blank dvds, Toshiba tech was a bit dumbfouonded as well because if they were the wrong discs none of them should work and could only suggest that the discs were meant for a computer dvd recorder/drive not a stand alone dvd recorder, something to do with the way
    different recorders and drives work. The best blank media i've found to date i.e had no problems with, are TDK JVC and panasonic they are generalyy a little bit dearer but are almost guaranteed to work.

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