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No picture appears on the screen when I play a DVD. I can see a flash of something when I first turn on the DVD player or if I push the small botton that turns off the player when you close it. What can I do to fix this

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  • joeblaettler Nov 11, 2010

    I looked under a bright light as you suggested and can see a image of what is playing. The disc keeps turning, so perhaps it is the back light. How can I obtain a replacement or repair for this situation. I've only used this machine a few times, but it's been sitting around for a couple of years.

  • joeblaettler Nov 13, 2010

    Thank you I was afraid this was going to be the situation. I find it is usually cheaper to replace an item rather than repair it and I agreee that is unfortunate. Appriciate you feedback.

    Ralette Blaettler



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Hi, the problem you are having is very common with all types of devices such as dvd players,phones,laptops/netbooks, etc basically anything that flips or slides open, now what is causing the loss of feed to the screen is a damaged data ribbon.
this data ribbon is a thin piece of ribbon with several single strand copper wires running through it and what happens is over time when you keep opening and closing the screen this ribbon keeps bending so it keeps the connection between the screen and the circuit board in the bottom half of the player, now over time this ribbon becomes brittle and what then happens is one or more of the copper wires that run inside this ribbon become brittle and break this then causes loss of conection with the screen and you then get no picture or any sort of feed to the screen.

now if this was a phone that you had the problem with then it would be a very easy fix as most phone shops will stock the data ribbon and as its a common fault its cheap to get fixed, how ever as yours is a portable dvd player then this is a different story, you would need to take it to a electrical repair shop or tv repair shop and ask them if they can order and fit the part for you, but as its a Mintek one then the chances of repair are slim as parts are hard to come by as they are not made to be repaired, todays electronics are throw away items which i think is bad practice as most could be fixed for a few quid and would save them going to landfill, getting the part yourself would be pretty much impossible but if you take it to a tv repair shop they may be able to match the part up off something else and get it working for you.

you will need to ask about the price and then decide if its worth getting fixed compared to buying a new player, i would say if its more than 2 years old then i would scrap it as the laser unit will be the next part to fail, if its less than a year old i would try and get it fixed as you should be able to get at least another 12 months out of it if you can get the part and have it fitted.

let me know how you get on or if you need further assistance ok

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take a close look at the screen, look at it under a bright light, if you see picture, but there is no backlight then most likely the screens backlights have gone out, or the inverter for the backlights.

I don't know about replacement parts if thats the problem, I did not see any available or being sold after a quick check around.

If that is not the problem and the screen goes entirely black while trying to play back a movie - is the disc still spinning or does the whole machine turn off?

If the disc still spins and the machine seems to be working but you don't have image, the issue is most likely the lcd, its backlight or inverter.

if the whole machine goes dark - it might not be getting enought power from the adapter - But if the battery has charge and it charges, then that can't be the issue. These are failry complex machines with multilayer circuitboards it will be difficult to repair if theres a fault aside from its display.

take a look at what I've suggested and post back your findings.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010

  • Ekse Nov 11, 2010

    Just checking, this is a mintek mdp-1815?

    Okay, its definitely either the screens backlights, or lamps, or then the inverter that supplies power to them. Sorry I haven't taken many of these apart and don't know what kind of backlight system it has. Probably the same as in laptop computers.

    If your handy with a screw driver could you take it apart and see if there are any part numbers on the display and do you see a small circuitboard that has 2-4 cables going into the lcd display?

    How to take it apart?

    remove the battery, remove the ac power.

    You can probably take the cover of the lcd display apart right now, but it will still be stuck on the base of the unit.

    So I'm guessing you should start by taking the base of the casing apart, unscrew all screws from the bottom, check under any soft objects and labels. Take note of what goes where.

    After you have got all the screws out from the base, the casing will most likely be held together with plastic clips you can release them possibly with your fingernails by going around the case or with a plastic stick or a flat head screw driver, but the flat head will leave marks on the plastic.

    our goal here is to remove the whole display and the cables that are connected to the base from the unit. After that you can take apart the lcd, it will be held together with plastic clips and screws on the front. There might also be double sided tape holding the casing together.

    With time, patience, and care you will get it apart



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