The need for DVD player repair arises at the worst times. For example, you just rented a movie, popped a warm batch of popcorn and plopped down on the couch. There's only one problem: the movie won't play. If you're having trouble with your DVD player, here's a few do-it-yourself tips you can try:
Make Sure It's Not The DVD
Check the DVD for any scratches or smudges. Polish its surface with a moist, soft cloth. If the DVD still doesn't work, try other DVDs to make sure the problem is with your DVD player. If it refuses to play any DVD, check the video and audio inputs on your TV to make sure everything is plugged in properly. If it still fails, it may be a problem with the player's laser.
Check The DVD Player Laser
All DVD players have an optical lens that produces a laser to read the information off a DVD. Sometimes this lens can get clouded or dirty. With a little elbow grease, you can clean the dirt off it. The first and most important step in DVD player repair is to make sure the player is unplugged. On the back of the player there should be screws that hold the casing in place. Use a screwdriver to remove them, and take the casing off to reveal its mechanical guts. Be careful where you touch inside because DVD players have residual charges, and it is possible to get a shock when it's not plugged in. Next, find the lens. It should look like a little glass bubble. Moisten a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol, and gently wipe the lens clean.
Inspect The Drive
If your problem isn't with the playback, but with the tray getting jammed, there's hope for you, too. DVD drive repair is common. Use the method above to remove the casing. The tray is operated by a little motor and belt. Sometimes foreign objects may be jamming one or the other. Inspect the motor and gears for any debris, and remove what you can. Make sure to consult the owner's manual before trying any of the above suggestions.
If all else fails, you can always take it to a repair shop. But now you can get a brand-new DVD player on the market for relatively little money. It might be worth your while just to get a new one rather than to waste time and money on an old player.
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