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LG RC185 DVD Recorder

My LG RC 185 will not play any DVD's - just shows message "No disc" - any ideas ??????

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  • Anonymous Oct 01, 2008

    disc will just keep spinning then says no disc detected

  • Anonymous Oct 20, 2008

    the whole DVD is not norking well - only the video.
    can't record well - can't read most of the discs....

  • BoazH Oct 20, 2008

    I have a similar problem:

    can't read almost all DVD's and the recording get stuck sometimes.

    also, since day one, the sound is not working when i connect the firewire cable...



    any idea about a FW upgrade?

  • Beret Gascon Dec 02, 2008

    I too have an LG RC185 and it's just out of warranty and it has simply stopped reading DVDs, whether pre-recorded or copies. The most common error is it just sits there with "--:--" on the screen. However, it also sometimes just ejects the disc, sits there and says "READ" or, finally, locks the DVD inside the unit so you have to do the old paper clip trick.

    Obviously the fist thing you do when you start to have read errors with a DVD is you clean the lens. I live in an old house with four dogs and two cats, so I have a lot of hair and dust that must blow around between hooverings. So, I used two different CD/DVD lens cleaners in the unit, and they made some difference but the problem persisted.

    So, I took the unit apart. 7 screws and the top cover comes off the unit. Another 4 and the DVD unit comes out. You have to unplug the power and data connectors from the DVD first. The DVD player is almost identical to a computer model except that it has different mounting brackets.

    The DVD unit comes apart easily after removing 4 small screws on top and 2 smaller on the bottom. Once open you can see everything that you could possibly clean. I blasted everything with a can of compressed air and cleaned the lens with a felt pad.

    And put it all back together again.

    And plugged it back in.

    And still the problem persists.

    I think this unit can only have buggy components. It certainly cannot be worth a repair cost. If somebody has a solution, fire away.

    Oh. You can copy pre-recorded VHS tapes onto DVD using this unit if you have a special gold cable. I'll get the details if anybody's interested.

  • arnel1947 Dec 03, 2008

    its a disaster no more no less - just as bad as KISS

    dont waste your time with this one. even LG service use standatd answer remove el. and restart.

    they should seeke somthing else to doo.



    give me a firmware that i can use

  • Anonymous Jan 20, 2009

    "no disc" error for the new DVD disc i bought.. this LG RC 185 is not detecting any DVD...plz help

  • Anonymous Mar 01, 2009

    STOPPED READING DVD,S

    EVERYTHING WAS OK FOR 1 YEAR

    NOW NO DVD IS POSSIBLE TO PLAY

  • Anonymous Apr 14, 2009

    cannot read any dvd disc. i have tried a CD-R and it worked..

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Drive needs to be replaced.
Common problem.

Posted on Mar 22, 2009

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    pontelemon Mar 22, 2009

    Drive needs to be replaced.

    Common problem.

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