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Hi, I bought this LG RC897T 2 years ago and have only used the DVD player about 60 times. I've bought original "US" TV Box set dvds and Chinese knock-offs, and wrote my own dvds and they all played back fine (and still do!). I recently bought the 7-yr TV series DVD box set for Star Trek- Deep Space nine ("Original" US version in very nice plastic holders from a US distributor). The first season's 6 DVDs - I can play 3 of them, but the other 3 just keep trying to read with the spinning disk in the upper left corner of the TV display. The 2nd year's 7 DVDs - can't read the first 6 and the 7th says "unknown disc format". BUT, I took the DVDs to 4 neighbors and they could all play ALL the discs just fine!!! (note: they were all Sony DVD players) I bought and tried a dvd lens cleaner and did a hard reset without any improvement. All DVD discs look in perfect condition with no cracks, etc. LG customer service had no other suggestions except to take it in for repair. Any thoughts? Something need re-calibrating? Probably worth fixing since it was a $350 item 2 years ago I seem to remember. THANX MUCH for any ideas / suggestions......mark

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  • Anonymous Jan 05, 2011

    UPDATE:

    sigh.....there must be an incompatibility between the LG RC897T DVD/VCR/Tuner player and this "Paramount" Deep Space Nine TV box set. DS9 is NTSC 5.1 Region 1 and LG DVD player supports that. (even cleaned DVD lens, reset player, and hacked my player to be region free, no luck).
    Of the 49 Deep Space Nine discs....I can read only 2 (used to be 3), 18 give "unknown disc format", and 29 just spin forever attempting to read.
    Of MY 97 DVDs I can play them ALL......
    (including another Paramount TV box set)
    I don't know whether the problem lies in the DVD player or the discs......since my neighbors with their SONY DVD players can play ALL the first 13 discs I tried on their players. DVD player repair men I called couldn't help......neither could LG customer service...just said send it in for service. (but out of warranty). I posted a help on videohelp.com/forum...but no response
    any thoughts? Suggestions?
    obviously it would be hassle to send it in and expensive when it may not even be fixable....
    thanx.....mark

  • Anonymous Jan 05, 2011

    Joe,

    if you check the "Comment" I had updated the original post with you'll see that 7 hours ago I had written that I had already hacked it to be region free with no luck......

    It was set for region 1 when I hacked it.....besides I had bought it at a best buy in Camarillo, California 2 years ago. (they wouldn't sell non-region 1 DVD/VCR combo units that didn't play local DVDs)

    thanx anyway for your suggestion....mark

  • Anonymous Jan 05, 2011

    HI,
    if any other experts have any ideas I would appreciate the input......remember to read all the comments since I had added further updates 7 hours ago.
    thanx all....

  • Anonymous Jan 05, 2011

    All,
    note that 10 hours ago I had followed the directions in
    http://www.fixya.com/support/t1457322-ch...
    to hack it to region free........mark
    I also had previously posted all this info at:
    http://forum.videohelp.com/threads/33023...
    thanx....mark

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Hello Mark. Most likely your player is regionalized and not compatable ith those DVD's that won't play. To eliminate the regional setting on your player go to this link http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dvd-player-region-free-in-seconds

It contains the step by step instructions on how to make your player region free. It also has an how to video and a full explanation of why the regionalization was installed in the first place. Joe

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