Howdy, guys: I have an idea as to what the verdict will be on this, but would still like to hear from anyone who's perhaps had similar experiences with their (Tosh?) DVD player. I've had my SD-2108 since December 1998. Within the first year of ownership, I had the firmware upgrade performed which supposedly rectified the problem some Toshiba players were having playing back early hybrid (DVD-V discs with DVD-ROM content) discs, such as Alien. (My player tracked the disc fine, but I figured that there was no harm in going ahead and having the upgrade performed, especially given that Tosh paid for return shipping . . . and I got a free, second remote out of it). Starting about five weeks ago, my player started behaving as though it was attempting to play a scratched disc even though the disc was clean. It produced loud popping noises when playing back undamaged DVDs, and later, CDs. Shortly thereafter, the audio playback would have signal amplitude-related static distortion. By "signal amplitude-related," I mean that the static was not constant: if I was listening to a rock CD with a prominent kick drum for instance, the static would pulse in time/relation to that bass drum. This distortion would last for approximately five minutes, until the player perhaps "warmed up," and then playback would be static-free (albeit with the aforementioned, intermittent popping noises). Of late (over the past two weeks), the player's audio playback of DVDs has become even more dodgy: after producing loud ticking and popping like a bad stylus on a badly-scratched record while playing clean, undamaged DVDs, the player will often cease playing audio entirely, whilst continuing to play back video. The player will also sometimes drop video frames: it will play back video (sans audio) as though you have invoked a video feature that causes the player to only playback, say, every other or every fourth frame. CD playback is still unreliable (characterized by loud ticking and popping when playing back discs), but more reliable than DVD playback. So it sounds like the laser is going bad, which I've learned in 13 years of CD player ownership means that it would probably be most cost-effective to just buy a new player. Has anyone had similar problems with their (Toshiba) DVD player? If so and you took it in for repair, what was the prognosis? Have I just been handed an excuse to step up my research on what SACD/DVD-V/A player I wanna buy?