This is the second time this is happening to me. I use a DVD player for a year or two and then it starts to have problems: Getting more sensitive to bad disks, taking longer to switch layers, freezing up on me, having trouble reading a DVD at all, etc,,.... The DVD player I an using now is an Onkyo-301. I bought it for 89 dollars over a year ago. It was totally an impulse purchase. I have an Onkyo receiver and thought the remote compatibility would be nice. After the last DVD player died, I made sure that I had a lens cleaner from Radio Shack and a good surge protector. I have only used the lens cleaner once and that was after I started having problems. It didn't improve anything. Does this happen to anybody else? Are there any brands out there that are known for there longevity?