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GE dvd player choked

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by AaronCushing, Apr 23, 2004.

  1. AaronCushing

    AaronCushing Agent

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    For Christmas 2002 my wife bought me a GE dvd player...our first. It was kinda pricey at the time, at about $180 CAD. A week later I had to exchange it, because it kept freezing on a frame, at random. A week or so ago we went to play a movie, and even after putting in the disc, the screen kept reading "please insert a disc." I've tried a handfull of different discs, none of which were scratched or damaged, all with the same result. I actually rented a TAPE not too long ago...and I hadn't done that pretty much for 2 years.

    Is there a possibility that something is on the lens of the laser? How can I check that and/or clean that? Or is my machine toast?

    Sure, I'd love to replace it with a multi-disc model, with progressive scan, but if it doesn't NEED to be replaced yet, then we'd like to have this one working -- it suits our needs just fine (when it works).
     
  2. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    It could be that the player is particularly sensitive to certain discs and disc conditions. I have three machines. Occasionally, one machine might give me a disc-read error ("Insert Disc") while another will play the same disc effortlessly. And all my DVDs are in pristine, mint condition.

    Which brings me to: Are you feeding the machine clean, scratch- and dust-free discs? And are you keeping the player clean and dust-free?
     
  3. AaronCushing

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    yep. Discs are all in good shape, and the player has had no PB&J stuffed into it [​IMG] Is there such a contraption as a lens cleaner I can get for it?
     
  4. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    Yes, there's a disc you can "play" that cleans the lens. Never have used it, so I don't know how well it works.
     
  5. Dan Driscoll

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    I hate to tell you this, but a GE DVD player that sold for CA$180 2.5 years ago should probably be considered disposable and well past its expected expected replacement date. [​IMG]
     
  6. Jack Briggs

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    And Dan brings up another point: the fact of fragile, flimsy low-cost players that wear out all too soon. 'Fraid it might be better to opt for a new machine.
     

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