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"loading" at startup

My JVC DR-MH20 continually flashs "LOADING" on start-up and is not functional.

Posted by Nigel Hattersley on

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  • Anonymous Nov 02, 2007

    I had similars problem: My Toshiba's DVD Player (w/HDMI) starts Load->Bad/No Disc, I found out that the Flat connector was damage on one side, from Signal Board to lens unit, however I didn't get the original one, but I do believe that's the problem.

  • banditf Nov 18, 2007

    MY jvc dr-mx1s all of a sudden the HD pic will freeze up and if I unplug will come back up for a awhile and doo the same thing. The VCR tuner seems fine help!!!!!!

  • MForsdyke Nov 18, 2007

    A very simular problem with my DVD HD too. After inadvertantly turning the power off to the player, the "Loading" message keeps flashing and after 24-hours, it really should have finished loading!

  • Talledega Nov 28, 2007

    turns on but doesn't load disc

    tries to load then disc stops turning

    laser skips when trying to load and moves back and forth

    says that there is no disc after about a minute of trying to load

  • Graham_39 Jan 23, 2008

    Maybe due to a mains glitch, but anyway the same "Loading" problem occurred to me a few days ago - no fix despite a few deliberate power cycles, as it no longer responds to the front panel or handcontrol. After 4 hrs "loading" I decided to unplug it - permanently. Probably the mains glitch has caused a fatal disc crash, however all domestic equipment should tolerate a sudden mains outage without damage as these occur regularly in some parts of the country. Apparently this unit has no such HDD fail safe.

  • Gerda Vellekoop Feb 09, 2008

    My JVC XV-N322 has similar problems with a new DVD (of the film "Etre et avoir"). The seller has sent me a new copy, but to no avail. Then I tried it in the DVD-drive of my computer, and here it just works fine. When the disk is placed in the JVC, it says "read" and starts with 2 images of distributor's logo. After 11 seconds it stops. Then - after some hesitation - it continues with blurry screens of colours pink and green, mixed with flashes of the first 2 images. At 16 seconds the disk stops altogether and the process of read, 11-16 secs, is repeated until I give up.
    The info on the disk is as follows:
    DVD9 / 16:9 anamorphic / Dolby 2.0 & 5.1. My other DVDs - which all read fine - do not mention this DVD9 format. Could the problem have anything to do with this format? And is there a solution? Please HELP!!!

  • Anonymous Feb 09, 2008

    I have two JVC DR-MV1SU DVD Recorder / VCR Combos. Both of them are now flashing "LOADING" continuously and are hung up on that mode and will do nothing else. I took them to "Best Buy" for repair and was told they can not be fixed and I need to buy new ones of another brand???????

  • noeldevries Feb 18, 2008

    I have a JVC DR-MH30S and have the same problem: loading flashes all the time and not starting up.

    I disconnected the power several times and plugged in again after up to 12 hrs, no result.

  • kalpen123 Mar 14, 2008

    when i start player ,first screen appear and then black screen apper nithubg can work,,, what can i do?

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2008

    when i turn it on now it goes straight to - close- load-no disc

  • andersw Jul 05, 2008

    After connection/deconnection of my videocamera to the input in the front, I tried to switch off the unit but it did not power down (waited at least 5 min). I then pulled out the power cord, waited 2 minutes and attached the power again. It then stucks "Loading ... loading..." for ever. What to do?

  • hazzard803 Nov 30, 2008

    Mintek MDP-1720 just says loading and other functions do not work

  • Anonymous Dec 26, 2008

    disk keeps loading and does not play


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First, let's see if the player tries to read the disc. Load a disc and listen. Does the player make squealing noises or is it totally quiet? Squealing noises may indicate that the player is trying to synchronize with the disc but can't due to an obstruction on the lens or in the laser path inside the pickup or a defect in the pickup. This can also be caused by an intermittent signal problem due to a faulty ribbon cable. Totally silent means that the photo sensor is not getting any usable input from the laser at all, meaning that the pickup is "blind" for lack of a better word. This can be caused by an obstruction of the beam by foreign matter on the lens or inside the pickup all the way to a marginal or failed laser diode and/or photosensor array. This can also be caused by a bad ribbon cable with one or more severed traces. You could try to clean the optics. This is the most common malfunction as far as i know in all disc players. It would involve taking the cover off and finding a way to expose the lense, and then cleaning it with a very gentle brush. some players have a cover for the lense that swings to the side during playing, this greatly reduces the chance of dust accumulating, but its still worth the try. If you actually see dust on the lense, then its just that simple. clean, close, play. Good luck

Posted on Jan 24, 2006


Try holding in the start button, -while turning the power on at the wall.
Keep the start button pressed for a good while.
This quite often seems to "wake-up" stupid machines.
Worked today for my DR MH30.

Posted on Nov 03, 2008


If you contact JVC customer service you can ship it to their service center and they will fix it (usually free for this issue) but they are slow (~1month) and you will have to pay for shipping it there

Posted on May 27, 2008


After getting a "no disc" reading, I opened the player to the ribbon connectors and noticed one was slightly bent on one side. I too a screw driver and placed it under the ribbon and with another driver, flattened it back into shape. I blew air around the unit and brushed the lens with a brush. It now works perfectly!

Posted on Nov 19, 2007


Closest thing I have found for an orange sensor light

Posted on Jun 23, 2007

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Unit shows 'loading' continuously

This player is equipped to do a self power on test to all pain parts of the player to assertain everything is ok. The blue light will keep flasing until it completes its task and then the blue light will stop flashing and you you can start reusing it.....................sodeep

Loading is flashing and can not do anything

my machine just has loading displaying in a flashing mode

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ciao! tutti vittime del dvd rec [jvc dr mh20-]..jvc dr mh 30...jvc dr mh 50..e un risolvere dell problema di LOADING...il mio jvc dr mh30..di 6 mese e roto ..ma trovo risolvere..difetto e nel hdd,160gb..e in corrozione..e roto hardisk,solo sistema operativo.......con softer COPY CLONE PRO..free da iternet.scarica nell cd room..nel avvio dell pc,che sono due hdd,uno rotto ,e uno buono..guarda instruzione dell cd..e tutto ok,per copy di hdd..e tutto ok per legare poi nell dvd rec jvc dr mh 30..ho provato io e tutto ok...ma io ho trovato hdd dell dvd rec jvc dr mh20..e io ho un dvd rec jvc dr30..ce un problema picollo dopo copy cloner,,mio dvd rec mi conosci solo 80gb..ma perche e in origine da dvd rec jvc dr mh20[80gb]..cercho un hdd di dvd rec drm h30..opure jvc dr mh50..per copy cloner,mio hdd,per conosciere 160gb..opure 250gb..atentti problema di LOADING..e nell due alimenti di hdd..e suporte di dvd..sono quattro line..12v..terra..terra..5v....sono simille anche perhdd..anche per suporte dvd..controla nel condizione di LOADING..se non sono precise..voltaggio..persempio..12v=10v..opure 5v....4.2v..e perdita..da un contesatore electrolitica.e asciugato da lavoro fastidiosa.......se aiuto da poco..non lo so aspettiamo nell mio e-mail....arivederci[ [email protected] ]

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Contact JVC @ 800-252-5722, the "loading" is a known bug and they will fix this defect at n/c even if it's out of warranty period.


It is pretty common problem.
If all of your DVDs are having same problems,
it is most likely either optical sensor is at fault. The other could be the actual loading mechanism problem.
If the dvd tray(drawer) closes all the way in but the DVD disc never completes the loading(reading) procedures, 1) it could be simply dirty or damaged disc. 2) the optical pickup device (eye) is dirty or just went defective. 3) sometimes the drawer tray that houses the DVD did not complete to engage in disc reading position can produce this result.

I would suggest: first check the position of the drawer and condition(s) of your DVD disc itself.
If the pickup device(optical eye) is dirty or defective, that needs to be serviced by a qualified technician. or contact JVC service center. Their information can be found at


My DR-MH-20 keeps saying "RELOADING" when I turn it on. I can't get it out of that mode. Any suggestings?


Had this JVC recorder for a couple of years, It has always take ages to
boot up and start working now its stuck on "Loading" on the display.
Anyone no of a reset seqence that will restart the machine
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