When I attempted to watch a DVD recently on my Portable Panasonic DVDLA95 DVD player, all it did was spin the disc, click a lot, and present the word reading. I shut it down and it read ERROR H03, shut off then left visible LCD lines at the top of the screen.
I read online that about the only thing you can do for that code is to take all power supply away for 30 minutes and reset all the memory codes. Where I was reading this, however, was a question and answer site, and the questioner said his discs were not spinning and his player would lock up. Fortunatly, Mine has none of those symptoms. I have disconnected the power sources and I am still waiting for results, but can you tell me if there are any further actions I could take should the 30 minute power starve not work?
I had the same problem with my Panasonic la95's. I read a couple of posts talking about a similar problem with other Panasonics and the failures seemed to focus on the threaded spindle that the laser assembly rides on as it scans the DVD. I took off the back of the player, opened the case and cleaned and lubricated the spindle with some wd40. I put the wd40 on a q-tip so as to not spread it too far). I also turned the spindle a few revolutions to move the laser back away from the center (in case it was stuck too far in).
Voila. When I put it back together it read the DVD and it worked. Big thank you to the others who have posted solutions.
There are 2 errors, ho3 and ho2, I can't remember which one is which. One means the laser is going and one means it's a dirty track. I suggest you first very gently clean the lens. If that doesn't work you take apart the player and clean the whole track that the laser moves on along with everything around it (keeping in mind that the laser is fragile). If that doesn't work than I can't help anymore without seeing it.
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Sometimes the brushless motor driver circuit fails. Rarely does the motor itself go bad. On some models, if the the laser diode is too weak to read the disc, the player will not bother to spin it. It won't spin so a lens cleaner disc won't work You can try to take it apart and clean the tiny lens. Don't use alcohol. Windex and a Q-tip works great to remove grease and dirt. Don't buff it hard. Just wipe lightly a few times and look at it at an angle to make sure it is shiny, not hazy. Almost all of these are not an economically viable repair. If cleaning the lens does not help, you are looking at another portable player.
Hello The Sled Motor is defective. this is the motor, whic spins the disc as it has been loaded properly. If the loader mechanism loads the disc properly into place and if the catch up magnet catches the disc in place, and still the dis do not spins, replace the sled motor. OK.
One of the problems with many DVD players is as they get older the spindle motor is unable to overcome the inertia of the spindle + the disc.
If this is the case the read head will try to hunt for the start of the DVD if it is not spinning then it wont be able to find the DVD. If you can access the DVD by taking the cover off you can give the DVD a chance to spin by giving it a little push if the player can find the DVD then you can watch the movie.
If this is the case you will need a new spindle motor fitting to your player.
I followed a few, of the already suggested answers. The first one I tried was to open up the back and use compressed air to blow out lint, food crumbs and dog hair that had found there way into the machine. This seem to have worked just fine. Now the machine is working, much to my daughters delight.
I had same problem, took the back cover off. two scews that are right were the ribbon connects to the read head I believe are potentiometers adjusted with eyeglass screw driver a couple attempts it worked. I also disconnected the plug for external battery and left unpluged since I don't use battery
Unfortunately, your DVD player is broken. Portable units like these often get bumped and jostled and the motor that spins the DVD quits (very small and fragile). Sorry, I wish there were a magic button.
assuming you know you're using good discs, and have this problem with more then 1 disc. In anything that requires you to open the player and play around in it, I also assume you're not too akward with electronics, and out of warranty:
spindle motor problems - you could either fix that by changing the motor, or occasionaly by dropping a little bit of 3 in 1 oil on the shaft.
Just dont start it as a hobby if you can still go complain at the store...