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Unformat when i first turn on the dvd player it does its self check then says format disc,but it wont let me say no to format so i have to put in yes then it says formating failed then just freezes and wont do anything at all...unformat reads on the front window and thats it, it wont do any more so i have to press and hold the standby button for it to switch off...so annoying as it was working fine one day then nothing the next...the unit is 3-4 years old...thanks very much...russ

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  • rustyno8 May 28, 2008

    thanks but its the hard disk its trying to format all the time not a cd or dvd thats in the player itself cheers

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Check your compact disk if it is pirated.or just clean the dvd by the use of the lens cleaner

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