"no disc" in DVD player


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Old 05-31-04, 09:07 AM
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"no disc" in DVD player

When we try to play a DVD,(even new ones) the player doesn't recognize that a disc is in. It just says "no disc". We have a head cleaner for our VCR, is there something similar for a DVD player, that is inserted into the machine? If not how to clean the laser that reads the discs?
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Old 05-31-04, 02:53 PM
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Yes, there are laser cleaning discs available - and that's where I would start.

But, if that doesn't work, then it's very possible the laser head is out of alignment. You'll have to take it to a shop to get it repositioned properly.

Tell us what make/model of DVD player you have - there may be someone who knows a little about them that could be of more help.

Good luck!
 
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Old 06-02-04, 10:10 AM
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In our experience, cleaning doesn't help. Alignment is a long shot also. Lasers in DVD players go bad all the time. Check the price of a new player before thinking about repairing the old one. Don't be fooled by the higher end units either. They fail at the same rate as the less expensive ones.

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Old 06-02-04, 09:39 PM
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Excellent advice, dakota, thanks for helping out. Any recommendations on a good brand to look for? Or, are they like most other electronics, all the insides are made by the same company?
 
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Old 06-03-04, 08:19 AM
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Thanks...........I did buy a laser cleaning disc, and it seems to be working, at least for right now. Just in case it is a temporary fix, how does a laser head get out of alignment? This DVD player (a RCA) has hardly been moved since we got it about 2 yrs ago or so. I could see if it was bumped or dropped (in that case, alignment would be a lesser problem.) but it has not.
 
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Old 06-05-04, 03:32 AM
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Much to my suprise I have resurrected a dvd player with a cleaning disc. I had to run the disc on repeat all day, but it did do the trick.

I don't know the details on laser alignment, but I do know that the laser has to move to read the different parts of the disc. so it's own movement, over time, can cause it to go out of alignment.

Buying a new player is almost always a better idea than taking one to a repair shop. Good players can be had for $100 or less. I would look into a JVC XV-N44 or 50 if I was in the market.
 
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Old 06-05-04, 03:38 AM
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Not all dvd players are created equal. Consider most anything under $50 to be equally crappy. The good stuff uses Faroudja video processing, but you're gonna pay for it. Check out this site:

http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volum...e-10-2000.html
 
 

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