I have an “Apex” brand DVD player from 2002, and I’ve been experiencing problems with it for about 2 years. I’ve done a search here, and see several people having similar problems with their DVD Players. Mine has a few that I haven’t seen listed, and I know I have 2 options…lens cleaning disc, or replace the player. The question is, which option do I choose? My DVD player…
…suddenly stops in unreasonable places (not necessarily near chapter breaks), and I have to press “stop” and “play” a couple of times each to make it play again. Sometimes it will go back to the start of the last chapter and stop in the same place. Sometimes it goes back and doesn’t stop again, at all. Sometimes it just starts up again from where it left off. Sometimes all that will get it going again is to eject the disc and put it back in.
Speaking of ejecting, sometimes the DVD Player [I]doesn’t[/I] try to eat my fingers by rapidly snapping itself closed while I slip the disc in as fast as I can. But usually it does :(.
And almost every time I am watching a movie, the picture will suddenly break up into pixels, and the sound will stutter in and out. In this situation, the only solution is to eject and put it back in.
So, is this a lost cause? Is it replace, or try a cleaning disc first? Would a cleaning help this sad old machine?
First I would follow the advice of CDuncle as I would say to do the same think as well to open the case and see if you can clean the laser lens and then try to play it again. As to what bigmike7 since the OP doesn’t mention a burner or standalone which I am going to guess is a standalone player they don’t need a burner. I have a dvd burner in my computer from 02 and cleaning the laser lens helps alot in reading and playing. A little cleaning and maintenance of your hardware goes along way to longevity of the unit itself. All hardware builds up dust and oil film on the laser lens and components on the hardware internals and geting rid of those contaminates keep the hardware working. Until the unit hardware physically fails from just everyday use.