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DVD Player Mechanic
updated: Apr 16, 2014, 9:17 AM

Is there a place I can take my classroom VCR/DVD player to get it fixed? The DVD drawer won't open but I can hear the motor for it working so I assume a belt has broken? Nothing else is wrong with it and I hate to add it to the landfill.

 COMMENT 511430 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 09:29 AM

Post it in the free section of craigslist. At least someone will take it off your hands so you won't know its fate.

DVD players are so cheap now that you most likely couldn't find anyone to fix it for less than the cost of a new one (assuming you don't actually use the VCR anymore)


 COMMENT 511431P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 09:31 AM

For the cost of repair you can buy a new BluRay at Costco. Plus, there are electronic recyclers that come to town every once in a while you can take your old one to so you don't have to landfill it.


 COMMENT 511432 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 09:34 AM

You can find a used one at a thrift store for nearly nothing. It would cost about $500 to fix yours.


 COMMENT 511435 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 09:38 AM

Staples accepts electronics for recycling any time or there is an e-recycle event coming to Sears in mid May.


 COMMENT 511444 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 10:19 AM

Yep, you can easily get a new one for free off CL. If I had one I would give it you as it seems like a worthy cause.


 COMMENT 511445 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 10:21 AM

You might try fixing it yourself. Sounds like you are at least somewhat mechanically inclined. Unscrew and remove the cover and you should be able to see if the "belt" (looks like a thin rubber band) is broken. Find a replacement for it at a hardware store or electronics repair shop. I have done these kind of repairs many times and it is usually quite simple.


 COMMENT 511448P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 10:25 AM

445, why not offer to fix it for a few bucks? It might help you and the OP!


 COMMENT 511457 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 10:58 AM

You Edhatters crack me up! The OP asked for a place to fix her existing VCR/DVD player. @431, OP doesn't want a new Blue Ray, @432 OP didn't mention getting rid of it. Am I the only one here that READS what the OP desires? Here is your answer: Denum Office Equipment will fix it... and not for $500 dollars (uh,432). They specialize in fixing most electronics and very reasonable prices. They fixed my VCR and my 1962 Smith Corona Typewrite for all under $55 dollars. This is their information: 3601 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 (805) 682-9554. Good for you, OP for keeping the VCR, you should see my tape collection... it's pretty awesome.


 COMMENT 511465 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 11:13 AM

Yes yes 457, but it's situations like these we need to pass along some more useful information. Clearly some of us are not up with the times, and could use some good information as these nice people above have mentioned. Also my tape collection is bigger than your tape collection.


 COMMENT 511466P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 11:13 AM

@457 Thank you!


 COMMENT 511472 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 11:44 AM

There is a tiny hole on the front panel your DVD player. It's the emergency eject button and is recessed. Use a big unbent paper clip. Doing that alone may fix it.


 COMMENT 511479P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 12:13 PM

This is one of the many things I LOVE about Edhat: loads of good suggestions. My first thought was same as many, which is it will probably be cheaper to get a replacement unit off Clist. Planned obsolescence rules!

@457 You're an Edhatter, too, if you're posting here--even if you're not a paid member. I gave away 90% of my tapes, via Clist curb alert, so I can't compete in the "mine is bigger than yours." Oh, darn.

@472 Thanks for teaching me something new.


 COMMENT 511489P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 12:46 PM

What's a VCR ?


 COMMENT 511498 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 12:59 PM

First off, if it's the school's, they should fix it. (Yeah, I know that's not always a practical option.)

Even if it's just a simple belt, the chances of finding the exact part to replace it is pretty slim. If you're going to fix it yourself, you may as well pop it open and look. Maybe it just jumped the track and needs to be put back. If something's really broken, it'd probably be most efficient to just replace it. I sold a VCR/DVD player at a garage sale last year for around $5. Probably been used three times.

Post a "wanted" ad on Craigslist and someone will probably give you one for free that otherwise would eventually end up being thrown out.


 COMMENT 511529 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 01:52 PM

465, thank you too!

My eight track tape collection is bigger than all of your VHS tape collections put together.

Rock on Deep Purple!


 COMMENT 511536 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 02:03 PM

479 You are welcome! Thank YOU for being so nice!


 COMMENT 511544 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 02:11 PM

My wax cylinder collection can beat up your VHS tape collection.

(waiting for the next person to boast a claim about their papyrus scroll collection)


 COMMENT 511600 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 04:48 PM

457, $55 could buy you a dozen dvd players these days.


 COMMENT 511617P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 05:35 PM

544. Stop it. I laughed so hard, one of my housemates thought I was nutso.

My cassette tape collection . . .oh, never mind.


 COMMENT 511679 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 07:54 AM

SBTV in Goleta. The respondent who estimated $500 is out of his or her mind. I agree with 457.


 COMMENT 511731 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 10:54 AM

I don't know the condition of the original poster's machine but my beloved VHS/DVD player gave up the ghost last year. New machines are slowly disappearing from the market but you still can pick up a new one, if repairing the machine proves a dead end, at Amazon starting at about $90.


 COMMENT 511803P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 04:24 PM

I know the OP, and the reason she wants to repair the machine instead of getting a new Blu-Ray player, etc, is that she's a teacher and has a lot of educational videocassettes and DVD's that she wants to continue to play for her students. She contacted Denum, as one commenter suggested, and they'll fix the machine. Thanks to the commenters who actually read the question and responded accordingly.


 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 05:22 PM

544, that's funny. (I got rid of my cassette tape collection and my VCR less than a year ago. But there's gotta be *something* between wax cylinders and papyrus. And just think of the value of old and ancient books!)

Denum is a great resource! (I was very happy to talk my mom out of fixing a typewriter though; she wouldn't have used it.) Glad you found a fix, OP-teacher.


 COMMENT 511862 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-18 08:06 AM

Those of you who are so quick to "throw it away and get a new one" are part of the problem, not the solution. That devices don't last longer is a sad sad commentary on our attitude toward and value of resources. Shameful really. someday it's going to bite us in the A@#.



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