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If this is not free as stated, please disregard. If the help is free, please tell me why the dvd player/recorder on my Pioneer 810 w/Tivo suddenly stopped working. When I put either a blank or store purchased prerecorded dvd in I get the error message "invalad format". What can I do to get the dvd working again?

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  • jonjan939 Oct 03, 2010

    What can I do to fix this problem?

  • jonjan939 Oct 04, 2010

    I gave you my credit card number, so tell me what to do to get this fixed.

  • jonjan939 Oct 04, 2010

    Nothing will play, I just put in a cleaning disc and get the message "invalad or unsupported disc"

  • jonjan939 Oct 05, 2010

    OK, the laser is bad, I assume the whole drive has to be replaced. Are they still available, who makes them and what would be the part number? What are the steps to replace it when I find a new one?

  • jonjan939 Oct 07, 2010

    Three days ago I asked you to furnish information on what drive will replace my defective one ( manfacturer, part number, directions for replacement). You have not responded. Why?


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Well there is free help, but you elected for paid help. It is quite clear. Free help questions get answered very slowly, many times not at all. If you want to continue with paid help let me know Tim

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    Tim Grayson Oct 03, 2010

    Are you now willing to pay for the solution? Because if I help you then you go and try to get a refund then that is very unfair to both of us..


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    Tim Grayson Oct 04, 2010

    It sounds like the laser of the DVD player is either faulty or just dirty. Probably just dirty in this case. You are saying you are trying retail DVD (not recorded ones) and you still get invalid format, correct?


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    Tim Grayson Oct 04, 2010

    Ok that confirms then that the laser itself is bad, well you did try another disc after running the laser cleaner correct? It definitely wont see the cleaner as a valid disc. But try one now, and if it's still invalid then you have confirmed the laser in the drive has failed.


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    Tim Grayson Oct 05, 2010

    Yes you need the whole drive but unfortunately it does not appear that they make them any longer. You will be better off just using the other functionality of that device and getting a standalone player. It would be much less expensive than the drive even if you could find it. It's outrageous what they charge for individual parts. You could keep an eye out for a broken one of these units on ebay and buy that (as long as the broken part isnt the dvd player, most of them break on the tivo side...)



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    Tim Grayson Oct 07, 2010

    I am looking through all the comments and don't see anything like that. I am checking here to see what drive you need, will update within 10 minutes here.



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