DVD Player has never worked

vbimport

#1

I bought a refurbished Toshibla RD-XS55KU HDD/DVD Video recorder 2 years ago. I hooked it up and started using the video recorder feature and tv guide feature. After about four months I tried to use DVD player. Everytime I hit the eject button for the dvd player it would open the dvd tray about 1/2 way and then close. I called Toshiba and of course they said it was a month out of warranty and there was nothing they could do. So I saw that the gear was not in properly and fixed that issue and opened and closed without a problem. However once the disk was in it never played. It just says loading on the tv screen. Any ideas on what the problem is?


#2

My first thought would be firmware
Burnt disc ? Regular Movie disc ?
Older disc or newer disc?


#3

I have tried a unburned workout dvd from 2003 and a burned copy of a movie from around that time.


#4

Looking over the manul I get the impression it is real picky on what it will play.

http://www.tacp.toshiba.com/tacpassets-images/models/RD-XS55/docs/rd-xs55_im_e.pdf

It does not like + dvd’s Start pg 11 to 13

If the gear was out of whack maybe the laser is also, or it just needs cleaning, or use.

From Toshiba site :

CD-R/CD-RW discs recorded by CD-DA method can be played back. Some CD-R/CD-RW discs may be incompatible due to laser pick-up and disc design. DVD-R discs recorded by DVD Video method can be played. Some DVD-R discs may be incompatible due to laser pick-up and disc design. WMA, MP3 and JPEG discs may be incompatible due to different recording format or condition of disc.

3 Certain encrypted programming may not be recordable.


#5

Years ago I used to fix the 1st generation DVD players with they had small pots for focus, focus, gain etc. When you said it had a gear instaed of a belt it made me think that it could be a timing issue. If their is a led (cold be infred) sensor that is not aligned properly, it may not move into the next step, play. Look for any infra-red pick up or sending unit and look for any holes that may align up with the mechanism that would alow a beam go shine thru and signal the disc is in position. That failing, throw it away, it’s junk anyway and you would be much happier with a cheap $89 dollar any format upscaling new DVD player that will almost play a vinyl record.