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My unit is a DVP3140, purchased 2006 or 2007. As soon as I got it, I changed the code to region 0 so that I could play the DVDs I bought when I lived in Italy. It worked great for about 3.5 years of EXTREMELY light use -- maybe 50 or 60 DVDs total, both domestic and foreign. Then it stopped loading DVDs, giving only error message after the mechanism went around and around and around (or so it sounded). A few times I was able to play a DVD by opening and closing the tray and using "Play" instead of "Close" but then even that "trick" stopped working. Now, no DVD loads and I get an error message and sometimes, "r00t". Oddly, it plays CDs, both original and CD-Rs that I have burned. So something is working in there. I tried re-entering the code to change the unit to region 0 but that didn't work. I loved this unit so if it can be induced to play again, I would be delighted.

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By changing to Region 0 you've changed the Laser control and subsequently the Laser is failing earlier than it would have done under normal operation.

The only solution would be to replace the Laser which is not normally cost effective and often unavailable anyway.

CDs may still play for a period of time as these require less power as there isn't as much information to read as a DVD.

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