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Player does not recognize that a disk has been inserted

Thanks Aaron,

I guess it would be a good idea, in any case, to clean the lens as you suggest. It has never been done in the 2 years that I have had the player. However, one other thing that makes me think it coulld have a different problem -- when it is attempting to load the disk there is a little whirring sound with a cyclic hesitatation as if something is "skipping." It suggests to me that my problem may be more mechanical- related. Is this at all possible and if so do you think it is cost-effective to try to repair it? Thanks again for your help.


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    I had two Samsung dvd 's fail on me the same week, one on the 8600 unit and another on a multi system unit I bought for watching PAL dvd's and tapes. Samsung make ****. I will never buy their brand again, ever, for anything.


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Hey again vmon,

If this isn't a behavior that the DVD player has exhibited in the past, you might be looking at a potential hardware failure instead. While some noise may be expected from any optical drive (DVD player, CR-ROM, etc.), it should be fairly consistent while the drive is in operation. Any kind of unusual "skipping," buzzing or grinding noise can often be an indicator that an internal component is out of alignment, or that the rotational mechanism in the drive has encountered a problem.

As such, you might want to discontinue using the player until you've had the chance to speak directly with a repair technician. Even if internal components have suffered failures from normal usage over time, there still can often be a risk of damage to any CD/DVD media used in the player until parts can be examined or replaced.

The only drawback to seeking repairs on devices like DVD/VCR players is that in many cases repair costs may exceed the purchase price of a brand-new player. If you aren't necessarily attached to this specific model, I'd suggest checking out your local retailer for pricing and availability of possible replacements. Most retailers should carry a fairly wide variety of makes and models, generally priced anywhere from around $80.00 to upwards of $300.00.

Again, hope this helps you out.

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