Help, 4 y/o DVD player "SHOT" ?

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  1. Trace Downing

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    I have a Panasonic DVDa-100 that I bought in '97. It was a good workhorse for a couple of years, 'til I upgraded to a 5 discer. The a-100 got moved to my bedroom. This evening, it froze on me.
    I put a disc in, and it just froze on a picture about 1 minute into the movie. No amount of button pushing could get me to anywhere else. So I removed the disc, checked to see if any dirt/scratches were on it, nothing. The image was still frozen on the screen, even with the disc out. So, I put it back in, and it read "no disc". I tried another 2 discs, and it didn't detect either of those as well, just "no disc". [​IMG]
    So, what happened? Laser burnt out? Is it worth fixing, or just buy a replacement? Anything like this happen to anyone else? 4 years seems like an awfuuly short lifespan for any piece of electronic equipment.
     
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    Optical pickup failures were a common occurrence on early Panasonic players. You were lucky to get 4 years out of yours, many only lasted a year or two (the A110 and A310 were notorious for this).
    It'll likely be cheaper (and certainly less hassle) to buy a new player than trying to get it fixed.
    KJP
     
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    Trace,
    If you replace your player, I highly reccomend the Panasonic RP-91..... Do you have a 16:9 display??
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    Yes.
    Does the RP-91 have that feature that does the squeeze trick on non-16X9 material, so I can actually use these component cables I bought 2 years ago?
     
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    OK Steve!
    I just bought an RP91D-K (black) and am about to hook it up. Boy, a lot of threads about this player! It should be great! Thanks for the recommendation, I was thinking about a NUON player, but I think I'll be happier with this.
    It wasn't even on the shelf at SoundTrack, they had the JVC prog player there, but considering the threads on the RP91, I just felt like going to the counter to ask. They had 7. They just never got around to putting one on display!
    $700 minus 10% for XMas in July sale. So $630...only abut $100 more than my broken one costed 4 years ago, and it was a basic model.
    So now my C-220 goes in the bedroom with the other hand-me-downs.
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