July 30, 2009

How I Repaired Our Durabrand Portable DVD Player


Late last night our 2005 portable Durabrand dual DVD Player (the one we use for travel to keep kids content with movies) decided it did not want to read our DVD's anymore. It would spin the DVD's, but a "no disc" error would come up on the screen. This was frustrating because it was needed for a 9-hour road trip my husband and younger girls would take the next day. So, I decided to do what most Americans do - throw up my hands, and run to Walmart to buy a new one. Frustrating! Another electronic item to add to the dump. Since I stayed home from the trip, I decided to see if I could fix the DVD player myself; me, who has no idea what a circuit board is. I laugh because of my lack of electronic knowledge, but my enormous amount of determination.

I spent two hours searching the internet for some guidance. Most suggested it would cost me $80 for a repairman to look at it. The first suggestion was to unplug the DVD player and remove all screws to take off the cover to look for damage. I figured I had nothing to lose since it was probably going to end up in the trash. After taking off the cover, I stared at the circuit board, hoping that something would jump out at me to tell me what was wrong. Not seeing any burnt out areas, I closed it back up. For some reason I ended up with two extra screws! Mmmm. Probably not needed anyway, right?

Then I found a post that suggested I clean the lens (that little glass circle in white above) with a Q-tip and rubbing alcohol. I did this but DVD's still would not play.
Next I tried to push the lens housing (see the white area surrounded by black, then green in the picture above) by forcing it away from the black circle thingy you put your DVD's on, towards the top. I pushed pretty hard. Wow! It slid up smoothly on its own. It was jammed. I put a DVD in, closed the lid, and was never so excited to see The Chronicles of Narnia. A DVD player saved from the trash. I can't find the post to thank the techie that helped me with these ideas, but thanks!

16 comments:

  1. haha Awesome. I am glad you were able to fix it. We had a similar problem last week but ours was of not such luck and we gave in and bought a new one.

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  2. Woo Hoo for you! That is cool that you were able to fix it. I never would have thought to check the internet for some ideas - very smart of you.

    I go through DVD players quite often too - with the same error. I wonder if it happens again - if I could fix it like you did. At least it is worth a try.

    Thanks for blogging this - it is really helpful!

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  3. Thank you! Ours quit working for some reason too. We are going to try this now! You are awesome!

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  4. same disc error ,
    Got it working .... yupp!!Hurray
    nothing fancy but i used my husband's after shave lotion with a q-tip and just cleaned the lens and pressed it and bingo dnd player started playing dvds

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  5. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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  6. Thanks sooo much for the tip. Worked like a charm!By the way, on my unit (Duraband PDV 722)I was able to slide the lens (very carefully with blunt ended pencil) to the left of the "black circle thingy" without much effort at all.

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  7. So glad it worked for you. We still use ours.

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  8. Thanks so much for this post! I read multiple different places around the internet and no one could help me with my problem. I tried what you did, and, WOW! It worked for me too! Thanks again!!

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  9. Thanks a munch !..I will try this tonight !..I really don't want to get rid of this dvd player for sentimental reasons...glad you got yours working again ! Hooray for the D.I.Y Fixers !!

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  10. my dvd player wouldnt work for my 4 month old and i searched on the internet where i came across this article and after 2 tries it WORKED!!! thank you so much for sharing your information!! my dvd player has only been used slightly and like u, i didnt want to have to throw it away! ;}}

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  11. Awesome artical, you help me safe my dvd player. Thank you

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  12. I have a portable Zenith ZPA-314, that's been with me since circa 2005-2006. I've taken it to Iraq, England, Qatar, and all over the U.S. It hasn't been used since 2010 and I recently tried to get it working to no avail. After coming across your article, I attempted to do the same thing to the circuit board, and to my amazement, it works just as good as when it was brand new!! Thanks a million!!

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  13. I love you! You saved me $100!!!

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  14. Well, I own the same player so here's my question, if I may, can you suggest how I fix my rewind button? It's stuck. Thank you so much for blogging your experience.

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  15. my problem is Im getting no picture to the second screen. no light comes on and no picture. it is connetected with the cables / Help

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  16. my problem is Im getting no picture to the second screen. no light comes on and no picture. it is connetected with the cables / Help

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