"UHF" wrecked my DVD player!

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  1. Joe Schwartz

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    I've had my Sony 530D DVD player for about 2.5 years now, and the only problem I've had until now is the lip-sync problem (which I had fixed by Sony). Today I watched "UHF" and the video froze for few seconds during the opening credits. Then about halfway through the film, it froze again. When I pressed Stop, it displayed "C 13:00" on the screen. Now it won't play any DVDs or CDs -- it just displays "NO DISC".
    Has anyone run into this problem before? I don't know for sure if the "UHF" disc is to blame, or if my DVD player just suddenly decided to stop working. I tried performing the Drive Auto Adjustment in the service menu, and it gave me an Error during the "Sled On" step.
    Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
     
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    It's likely that your disc drive suddenly died. Since I doubt it's still under warranty, it's probably time to get a new player.
     
  3. Joe Schwartz

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    Sorry, I should have done a little more research first. Many people on AudioReview.com have reported this problem with this Sony DVD player and similar models. It's not caused by the disc. Apparently, a fuse has blown on the controller board. Here's one website describing a crude fix:
    http://www.ben-morris.net/dvd/
     
  4. Joe Schwartz

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    Well, I've done some more research and called Sony's tech support -- they wanted $190 to fix my player, which is totally out of the question. For that money, I'd buy a brand-new player instead.

    The website that I referenced above describes a fix for the Sony 560D, which uses a different controller board than my 530D. I don't see anything on my board that's labeled F for "fuse", and nothing appears to be burned out. If anyone knows of a similar fix for my 530D model, please post it here. Thanks!
     
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    Sony's newest basic player, the NS315 is going for MSRP $149. A comparable model would be the NS400D (discontinued) MSRP $199, or the newer NS415 for MSRP $169.
     
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    Joe,

    Thanks for the link. I have a 360/Doorstop that I am going to try to fix soon.

    Craig
     
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    It's working. Salvaged the player with the fix above. I think I am going to do more of professional fix when I have time by running short leads to an easily replaceable fuse.

    I still I want to give Sony a big FU after releasing these piece o crap players.
     

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