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Replacing DVD drive - Toshiba RD-XS32

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#1 of 5 Rick P.

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Posted August 20 2006 - 04:23 AM

My XS32 has got to the point now that I can't watch any DVDs on it anymore. I always get a 'Check the disc - it may be physically damaged' error whenever it tries to change layers. Needles to say, seeing this message after you've watched more than half of the movie is very frustrating. Single-layer discs play fine, and it still records to DVDs fine since it only writes on one layer.

Before I pull the unit from my rack and tear it apart, has anyone changed the DVD drive in one of these units before? Can I just pop a new one in there or has Toshiba done something to the one that's in there or set specific parameters in the firmware so simple replacement won't work.


#2 of 5 Rick P.

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Posted September 10 2006 - 02:40 AM

Answering my own post (for anyone else who finds themself in the same boat), the LG GSA-H10N works well. It cost me less than $35 and took about 30 minutes to replace.


#3 of 5 Eric Scott

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Posted September 13 2006 - 12:41 PM

Rick, you can take a look at my plea above yours; My DVD won't stop loading.

It's possible that Toshshiba tech can rehabilitate your player...?

#4 of 5 Rick P.

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Posted September 16 2006 - 09:46 AM

No need. The LG is a computer DVD-RAM drive. I removed the OEM Toshiba (rebadged LG) drive built into the XS32 and installed the GSA-H10N in its place. Works fine and loads very quickly versus the original.

I must say that although I have a bunch of Toshiba equipment I haven't found their North American tech support to be of much use. Without looking I'd bet that the firmware update they're going to send you (from your other post) can be downloaded from Toshiba's German website. That's where I found the firmware update for my XS32 which, according to both Toshiba US and Toshiba Canada, doesn't exist.


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Posted December 29 2012 - 04:04 AM

Hi Rick, i know your post is from 6 years ago but I also have a Toshiba RD-XS32SU recorder that works sometimes but other times displays the "bad disc" error. I know the LG GSA-H10N looks to be obsolete. Do you know of any other newer replacements? Thanks.

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