When connected to the TV, the screen says "Now reading" and then stops (the same when no DVD is in the tray). I took it apart (because I like that sort of thing), and I found this information:
DVD never spins. The trays (3 of them) will load the player, and the
read head will move back an forth for placement, but the motor that
drives the DVD (to spin it) never turns. I know very little about these
types of motors, so I'm not sure what to do next. I'd really like to
hear suggestions on this.
By the way, I spun the DVD by hand for
awhile. I know I couldn't get the right speed, but I noticed that the
"READING" message on the TV stayed as long as I spun the disk, so I'm
convinced that the *only* problem is that motor or the power to it. I
checked for cable problems and saw none.
I have this same problem as Ketterling, but not as critical. After seeing the "No Disc" error I took unit apart. I could see the unit try to spin (sometimes), but would stop and get the error. I was fortunate that I could actually get it to work with a little help to the spindle assy (calibrated index finger-right hand). I could get it to work for a whole dvd, but it wasn't consistent. The problem returned and needed my assistance. I too have read this is a common problem for this model of DVD player (JVC XV M5658K and similiar models). I am looking for one of these motors (RF-300S-12350), but haven't found a solid supplier yet. Anyone actually buy and get one delivered to them?
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Re: Player doesn't recognize DVDs
I hate to be the bearer of potentially bad news, but the problem is not likely the motor. The player attempts to detect a disc present, once that has been completed, the disc will be spun. Since you have the unit open, try cleaning the lens using a cotton swab and alcohol. Next try a music CD. If the CD will play but the DVD will not, the optics have failed and need to be replaced.
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NOT much you can do---It is a bad optical unit inside the DVD unit---they do not see parts----only the complete DVD portion----much cheaper to go out and buy a DVD player and connect it to the audio and video jacks this unit should have.
I just saw the date on this message and realize that it was awhile ago. I assume that you have dealt with it by now... So for others who are trying to fix their DVD player:
I have a DMR-EZ485V DVD player and just started getting the error message "No Read." I couldn't find an answer on the internet and finally called Panasonic's customer service, (there is no charge 1.800.211.7262). Since it says "No Read" to everything--store-bought DVDs, burned DVDs, CDs; AND when there is nothing in there (it acts like it is trying to read when the tray is empty), the customer service rep thinks that I am having a lens issue. It either needs to be cleaned (can pick-up a product at Best Buy or Radio Shack) or, if that doesn't work, the lens needs to be replaced.
Please check these things: 1. Are you placing the disk with correct side on the tray. 2. Is your DVd player has a region lock for the DVDs you are playing. If above question are not true then you must go to the reapir man.
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Reset you player by doing the following:
With the player on, hooked properly to your television, and on the correct station:
Open the tray
Close the tray (with no DVD inserted)
Hold the stop button down for a full 5 seconds
The CyberHome screen should appear. You should be able to play your dvd's now.
I have the Denon 2900 (about 4 years of use) and until recently, suffered from the same (growing) problem. CD's were very difficult to start/read. I recently found advice which I tried and was succesful with. It was manually cleaning the laserlens. I took away the outer housing by unscrewing all off the on top (6), side (4) and the back (2) bolts. After that I took out the top plate of the laserunit which took two very little screws taking out. Now you are looking at the cd-tray with the lens. Take a very soft and clean cloth and moisten it a little bit with clean water (be very carefull with the moistening, don't allow any waterdrop to come out of the cloth into the laserlens while cleaning! Carefully clean the lens and dry it with a dry part of the same cloth. Replace the top plate and the outer housing and the player will recognize the discs like it's new again. Good luck! Robert Jan, The Hague the Netherlands
Once you have connected your dvd player to your tv and the tv is turned on.
Turn on the machine and press "disc" on the remote control.
Open/Eject the disc tray.
Press STOP on the remote control.
Enter the following numbers slowly on the remote control " 7,3,4,4,6,6,0".
Configuration will appear on the bottom left hand side of the TV for three seconds.
Press "PLAY" to close the tray.
The DVD player eill return to normal operation.
This SHOULD make the player Region free.