How to Fix a Dvd Player That Won’t Play

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A DVD not playing is usually a major problem but can be easily fixed. A few of four factors usually cause DVD player’s layback problems. The factors may include; the DVD is filthy and smeared; the laser lenses at the DVD player’s disk drive need to be cleaned, or the DVD player is no longer monitoring properly. The disk may also be damaged. Fixing a DVD player is usually an easy task.

This article will guide you on the steps to follow when fixing your DVD. Before you toss that DVD or convert it into a Frisbee, try these steps to see whether the problem is with the disk. If all else fails, make new friends with the staff at your local movie rental store, who are likely to have seen many broken disks and may have the know-how and equipment to repair them. If they are unaware, contact an expert. Follow the steps given keenly.

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The most frequent DVD playback issues and their probable causes

DVD playback issues

1. An operation that is sporadic or erratic

You might discover that the DVD drive is out of mode at times. It may normally play at times but skip and even abort at other times. Both operating systems are prone to such issues (Windows and Mac). These issues can be traced back to:

  1. A disc that is dirty, scratched, or faulty
  2. There’s a chance the lens is dirty.
  3. Discs with a long length that the drive can’t handle
  4. Inability to consistently load (mechanical)
  5. Poor connections, such as an optical deck shield that is missing or inconsistent
  6. Ribbon wire to optical pickup cracks
  7. Whether it’s a filthy drawer or a set of limit switches,
  8. Problems with the power source or logic
  9. Interference from the outside
  10. Damage to the optical pickup from within

2. The DVD Drive is not recognized, and the messages ‘disc’ and ‘error’ are shown

When you put your DVD in the drive but don’t appear to read or load, this is a frequent occurrence. Then you begin to wonder what the issue is. One of the numerous reasons mentioned below may be the source of the issue.

  1. Loading the disc backward
  2. A disc that is dirty, damaged, or faulty
  3. The objective lens is tainted or faulty.
  4. A damaged optical suspension or a damaged lens cover prevents unrestricted movement.
  5. In sled driving equipment, dusty, gummed-up lubricant, or rotten
  6. Spindle motor failure
  7. The spindle table height is incorrectly set.
  8. In optical pickup, there are a lot of bad components.
  9. Ribbon wire to optical pickup cracks
  10. Power source, electronics, or controller logic failure
  11. Inconsistent or absent optical deck shields, as well as poor connections
  12. Interference from the outside

3. The DVD drive is unable to play the disc

It’s fairly uncommon for a DVD to be inserted into a drive for nothing to happen. DVD drives have proved to be very dependable in the past; thus, blatant failures are uncommon. Such issues are most often caused by

  1. Contacts of RCA jacks in the DVD drive or amplifier are dirty.
  2. RCA jacks with bad connections
  3. Contacts on the muting relay are dirty or faulty.
  4. Analog circuitry components that are defective 
  5. Power supply failure 
  6. Controls that are filthy 

4. The DVD is constantly freezing or skipping

A frequent issue is separating, freezing, and skipping. Changes within the DVD drive’s path cause skipping and stalling because the DVD is encoded in a spiral wave that starts only at the center of the disc and travels out to the outer border. The following are the most common causes of such changes:

  1. You may have a faulty disc that’s either filthy or damaged.
  2. The objective lens is tainted or damaged.
  3. Free movement is hampered by a defective lens suspension or a damaged lens cover.
  4. Dirt, clogged lubricant, or sled drive mechanism damage

Ways on how to fix DVDs that won’t play

fix DVDs that won't play

1. Disinfect the DVD Disc

Smudges, fingerprints, dirt, dust, or other foreign elements on a DVD prevent it from being identified and read properly, resulting in playback failure. So, first and foremost, make certain that the DVD is free of contaminants. If not, you may use isopropyl alcohol, water, and a microfiber cloth to clean the disc.

First, spray the DVD’s surface with distilled water, wipe any alcohol off in parallel lines with the microfiber cloth, and then rinse the DVD to remove any remaining contaminants. Finally, wipe the DVD and put it in your DVD player to see whether it works.

2. Disinfect the DVD Drive

A dirty laser lens in the Disk drive is another frequent cause of DVD not playing. You may clean your laser lens in your DVD player’s Disk drive by purchasing and inserting a lens cleaning disc in your DVD player as well as following the instructions in the manual.

3. Examine both the DVD and the DVD player

  1. Use two separate devices to play the DVD. If your DVD does not play on playing, the problem is most likely related to your equipment.
  2. If a separate DVD plays properly on your present equipment, your prior DVD is most likely damaged.

4. Repair a scratched DVD

If there are cracks or other damage to the DVD’s interface, it has to be repaired. If the DVD has obvious scratches, you may clean it using the technique described above, or you can polish it using Jelly, Windex, peanut oil, or bicarbonate of soda toothpaste. If the issue persists, use a specific DVD repair tool or seek assistance from a DVD rental shop.

Frequently asked question

1. How does one Convert DVDs and Resolve DVD Playback Issues?

1. Insert a DVD source

Insert a DVD and start WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro, go to “DVD Disc,” pick the destination DVD drive letter, and then click “OK.” The software will immediately remove all protection and provide a list of all titles on the DVD. It will also choose the primary title for you, and you can right-click on the main screen to activate any titles for conversion.

2. Select an Output format

Choose any video format from the “Video” tab of the Output Format profiles on the right of the window. Similarly, under the “Device” page, you may choose your device type or extract sound from a DVD by choosing an audio file under “Audio.”

3. Begin the ripping process

Choose the appropriate audio or subtitle track for each DVD title from the main interface. Then, at the bottom, choose a place for storing the output by clicking the three dots icon. The conversion will then begin when you click “Run.”


In conclusion, you should ensure the DVD and the player are clean. Your DVD should also be updated. Outdated DVDs will make it hard for you and will bring about many complications. When the lens is dirty, the DVD player will keep stopping or jumping. Therefore, ensure that maximum DVD cleanliness is observed.

If the problem with your disk seems complicated, you should consider replacing it. If you follow the above steps keenly and your DVD does not respond positively, repeat the procedures. If no improvement is noticed, it could be the problem with your DVD being more than you expect. Take action immediately and find the best alternative. It would be best if you considered contacting a professional.

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