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Philips 3330H DVD recorder: "BLOCKED" is displayed when any attempt is made to eject disk. Disk plays OK, HDD and tuner work OK, only problem is disk is stuck in machine.

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SOURCE: DVD RW stucked - stall the whole system.

Hi, I found this site today cos I had a similar problem. To cut a long story short I found a slot on the bottom of the machine, below the disc tray, that has a white lever in it. After removing the power source I moved the lever to the side and the tray opened manually so I could remove the disc. It seems It was a duff DVDR as other discs now work fine. Good luck !

Posted on Apr 01, 2008



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SOURCE: DVD RW stucked - stall the whole system.

Hi all.
I tried the stop & eject on my 3460h but didnt work. However the manual option cured it. It must be a dodgy disc as i tried to play it again but the same happened again. Scrapped the disc.

Posted on Apr 06, 2008



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SOURCE: DVD recorder continually stuck on a loop trying to read disk.

Hi again

Well done!

I am so pleased to hear that you have restored the DMR E55 and for taking the trouble to let me know. It's always satisfying to achieve something like that and I guess you'll get even more pleasure from using it now than you did before. They are good machines and well worth the effort to keep them going.

Thanks again and kind regards

Posted on Feb 01, 2009


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SOURCE: Won't recognise DVD disk.

Your system needs a portion of the HDD to swap and stream for the purpose of playing and recording DVDs while CDs are small enough in their data size to play without the minimal size of the space left on your HDD which should be backed up and then erased to give you that brand new feeling.

Try it and get back to me with any problems.

Thanks for asking.

Please Rate.

Posted on Apr 22, 2009


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SOURCE: phillips 33805 dvd recorder showing blocked

Ok here is a fix that worked for me. I don't know how long it will last and it's only a partial fix but my unit wouldn't open or shut and I'd come close to throwing it out of the window. Now it seems ok.

Basically the problem lies in the fact that the DVD unit is cheap and nasty in these machines. It is made of poor quality plastic and the mechanism for raising DVDs into place relies on just plastic pegs running down plastic grooved. There are no bearings and no low friction materials. As a result, the mechanism motor is too weak and the unit fails in two ways. 1) It doesn't close the drawer enough to allow the spindle to pass through the centre of the DVD and 2) When the DVD is in place, the motor doesn't have enough power to separate the magnets that hold the spindle to the locking disk above the DVD (sorry if I don't know the correct names for the parts).

The solution to the first problem is to lightly grease the tracks with a silicon grease but MAKE SURE YOU DON'T GET GREASE ON THE DRIVE belt. This is at best a partial fix... I still occasionally have to help my drawer go all the way in with a gentle push.

The result to the second problem is weaken the magnet.

Here's how.

1.Unplug and remove the casing of the unit. First tip is remember where every screw goes... there are a dozen different types.

2. The DVD unit is a black plastic box with a white wheel on the top. Remove the 2 cm wide metal frame that goes over the front (screws in base and in the PCB boards next to the on/off switch and eject button. Again keep an eye on the screws.

3. Remove the two screws on the plastic lid to the front of the DVD unit. There are two black tabs on the lid that you will have to push with a screwdriver to click it out. You will now see the drivespindle and on the lid, you will see the white locking disk.

4. While you have the unit open, clean it and lightly oil it. You can remove the other half of the lid by pulling the two tabs located on the sides. Make sure that you clean and wipe with oil the white mechanism at the front of the unit.

5. Now for the magnets... There are three tabs on the top side of the white locking disk. Gently push these to one side and the two halves will fall apart. Memorise how it goes together.

6. Two washers will drop out. One is a magnet and the other isn't. find out which is the magnet using a screwdriver.

7. Now the silly bit. Throw away the washer that is NOT magnetic and onlly put the magnetic one back. Reassemble. This reduces the grip of the locking disk on the spindle.

I hope this helps. It would appear that Philips have not come to the rescue on this because it would require them to admit that they use shoddy parts. Good Luck - Dave

Posted on Oct 11, 2009

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