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Discussion in 'DVD' started by Matthew Cook, Nov 16, 2004.

  1. Matthew Cook

    Matthew Cook Stunt Coordinator

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    I buy just about every dvd that comes it heck its an addiction. Heres my problem recently the dvds I buy skip. My DVD player is kept in great condition cleaned monthly my dvds have no scratches no fingerprints of any kind. This is the funny thing all my older dvds play flawlessly. Is there some kind of new encoding that my dvd player is not fit for? Or are the dvd makers just getting sloppy? I have a RCA model RC5215P I know its not high tech but I really have been impressed with it. I have tried to play the same dvds in my PS2 and sometimes they skip then sometimes not. I need some help
     
  2. Matt Czyz

    Matt Czyz Supporting Actor

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    Just try your discs in another dvd player (such as a friend's). If they play okay there, it'll be pretty easy to tell that it's your player's fault.
     
  3. Matthew Cook

    Matthew Cook Stunt Coordinator

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    I will do but it really has stumped me. I have 4 DVD players in my house the Laptop never skips, the home theather cheapy in the basement never skips, the one I watch with the big screen skips on new dvds but not the dvds from a couple months ago.
     
  4. SvenS

    SvenS Second Unit

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    First off if you mean by "cleaning the DVD player ever month" that you use those CD/DVD cleaners that you play in you player to clean the optics all I can say is STOP DOING IT!!!! Those "supposed" CD/DVD cleaners are never needed (except as a last ditch effort to fix a player that is malfunctioning) and a DVD player should NEVER need to have it's optics cleaned unless you have it in a very dusty/dirty enviroment. Using those cleaners usually will either cause scratching of the laser optic or will bring the laser optic out of alignment. Don't by swayed by the B.S. sales lines you get from ads or salepeople because it is false!

    As to the RCA not playing newer DVD's it could simply be the player starting to fail or it could be the firmware is not designed to support certain types of DVD formatting. Do a search and see if RCA has firmware update CD's like Panasonic does as that may solve the problem.
     
  5. Yee-Ming

    Yee-Ming Producer

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    Well... my old laserdisc player absolutely refused to read anything, and I was wondering whether it had given up the ghost and whether to try and get it repaired, when someone pointed out the lens could be mucked up; sure enough, judicious use of a cotton bud and alcohol has "resurrected" the player -- PQ is still pretty poor (maybe I've been spoilt by DVD...), but at least my SW: Def. Coll. can actually be played now...
     
  6. Russell G

    Russell G Fake Shemp

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    I have a Panasonic from a couple of years back. The problem it has, with any discs, is you have to repeatedly open and close the tray to get it to play. When you put the disc in, it doesn;'t do anything, it doesn't even sound like it is spinning. It just reads no disc, or says that it is not compatible with the player. After replacing the disc in the tray numerous times, it well finaly read it, and than play fine. Is this a firm ware issue? It didn't do this when I got it, and has only started doing it in the past year and a half.
     
  7. RyanAn

    RyanAn Screenwriter

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    Sorry to change subjects, but what is the recommend/proper way of cleaning a DVD/LD player now, without going as far as to remove the casing? I use a Q-Tip, but have yet to moisten the tip with alcohol. Should I just lighting dust the laser, or clean the tray itself?

    Ryan
     

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