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Blocked dvd I have the above machine, and 'blocked' appears on menu, unable to open machine totally frustating please help have tried turning off etc and next time the knife...

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It seems to be a gear problem within the DVR.
Let me point you to another thread about a similar problem.

Read through this one might work for you.

Hope this helps. M~

Posted on May 01, 2008

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My dvd player (philips dvdr3400/37) says blocked.

My parents had the identical unit with the same problem. They fixed it by replacing it, and let the 3400 sit and collect dust.

I got sick of this so I set out to fix it today. EASY fix. Should take the novice about 45 minutes, and expert closer to 15 minutes.

This writeup is for educational purposes only, with varying skill levels in the world, I'm not going to be responsible for any damage you cause to your DVD player, yourself, your TV, your neighbor, or your cat.

You'll need:
T-10 Torx screwdriver
P-2 Phillips screwdriver
And a small slotted screwdriver, knife etc.. something to bend tabs back to unsnap plastic pieces.

Make sure the unit is unplugged first.

Remove 7 T-10 screws from cover (2 on each side, 3 on back)

Locate metal bracket over DVD unit.
Remove 2 T-10 screws holding bracket to bottom.
Remove 3 T-10 screws holding bracket to front.
Be careful you don't break the mount tabs, and don't touch any circuitry!

Remove 2 P-2 screws from black cover over DVD unit. Using your weapon of choice, CAREFULLY pry the tabs that are holding the black cover onto the DVD unit. 1 tab on each side, near the front of the machine.


With the removed cover in hand, locate 3 tabs that snap 2 white plastic circle halves together, Seperate the halves. Remove 2 washers. Notice one is a standard washer, and one is a strong magnet.

REVERSE their locations. Stack the magnets on the side that comes in contact with the DVD. Place the strong magnet on first, then place the normal washer on top.

I believe the cause of the "BLOCKED" message is this magnet being too strong/the opening mechanism being too weak. You need a magnetic field to center the white circle onto the base that the disc sits on, but too strong of a field causes the BLOCKED message to appear. Lessen the magnetic field and everyone is happy.

Reassembly is the reverse of removal.

Feb 10, 2010 | Philips DVDR3390/37 DVD Recorder

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Problems changing region code on Samsung DVD player VR 375

Give these a try!
Power ON
Press MENU
Enter code 57538
The current region code appears
For codefree/multi-region press 9
Press Open DVD door button
Power OFF and power ON

You could also try this!
Turn player on without disc inside Press MENU button
Enter your region code (See list below)
Highlighted 'region area number' will appear in the upper-left corner (on some players)
Press 9 to multi-region the machine
Turn machine off
Region 1 - 29334
Region 2 - 38767 (or 5 7 5 3 8)
Region 3 - 56732
Region 4 - 76884
Region 5 - 53814
Region 6 - 24462

Have a go and good luck! (:-)

Sep 11, 2009 | Samsung DVD-VR375 DVD Recorder/VCR

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I had the same "Blocked" problem and solved it - by using a rubber band! Unplug the machine and take off the outer cover. Remove the DVD reader and take off the cover to the reader - you can now easily recover the DVD that was stuck in the machine. Now slide out the actual DVD tray, you will have to bend back a couple of restraining bars to get the tray out completely. You should now see a small white wheel which is actually the end of a concealed electric motor. There will also be a larger black pulley which controls the movement of the DVD tray. If there is no band connecting the pulley and the white wheel, that is your problem and I solved it with a small elastic band. Put everything back and turn on, wait for all the messages to clear and press the eject button - the tray opens simples. It has taught me never to force the tray in manually, but to always use the eject/open button.

Aug 22, 2009 | Philips Televison & Video

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This is a dealer lock, removed by unplugging it, plug it back in whist holding down the play, stop and open/close button on the front of the machine.

Jul 17, 2009 | Mico DVDR310 DVD Recorder

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The tray on my Phillips DVDR 3380 won't open. It says blocked or no disc. I have pressed open /close many times but to no avail.I have turned the power off, makes no difference. I have press stop when it...

I have the same problem. What I do is push my hand down firmly on top of the DVD Recorder above the tray and while doing this press the open button. If this doesn't work get a screwdriver and poke it into the sides of the tray and pull it away. I find that the first method works best! XD

Hope This Helps!

Jul 04, 2009 | Philips DVDR3380/05 DVD Recorder

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Dvdr tray

You have one of the following problems:
  • The device freezes and does not react anymore to the remote control commands.
  • The DVD is stuck in the tray. Sometimes the message BLOCKED appears.
  • A feature is not available in the menu without any logical reason.
  • A feature of the device does not work (for example start install).
  • There is some problem with the device you cannot solve.

Reset the DVD recorder.
  1. Unplug the mains cord from the mains wall outlet.
  2. Press the POWER/ON button on the DVD recorder itself.
  3. While keeping the POWER/ON button pressed connect the main power cord to the wall outlet again. A message IS TV ON? or a demo message will appear in the display.
  4. Start the first installation process.

    1. The settings of the DVD recorder will return to their default settings. Install the DVD recorder as if it came out of the box.
    2. The data on the hard disc will not be affected.

Apr 28, 2009 | Philips DVDR7260H DVD Recorder / HDD...

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DVD Player/Recorder

i need help hooking up my dvd recorder to my cable box and my tv what do i need to do to recored tv programs....

May 26, 2008 | Mico DVDR311

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The DV-S5450 may use a belt-loading mechanism. The belt is typically black rubber band with a diameter of approximately 2 cm. It is commonly found in front-loading CDROMs for computers also. Often, as a result of age, usage, humidity, etc the belt snaps, rendering the loading impossible. The loading motor doesn't just pop the tray in or out. It also engages a clutch assembly that raises an inserted disk or lowers a disk to be ejected; this explains why you can't simply force out the tray. Clearly in your case all the electronic signals are there and the loading motor does turn.

Solution: switch off and unplug the unit and then open it up. Do a quick inspection to see if you can locate the broken rubber band. If you can, remove it and take it along with you to the nearest repair shop for exact replacement. If you are finicky around technical work, simply a competent person do it for you. Good luck.

Jan 18, 2008 | Yamaha DV-S5450 DVD Player

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