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Dead SONY DVD Player Brought Back To Life

By on June 28, 2021
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This Sony DVD Player Model DVP-SR650P was brought to me along with another Onix, by a new customer, as a reference from another satisfied customer. Both Players were reported to be dead. I opened this Sony first and cleaned up the inside thoroughly and looked for any burst IC or other parts lying around, before using my blower, having learnt a lesson recently. I did not find any visible damages either on the Power supply or mother board. This was brought without its remote control as customer had lost or misplaced it.

The Player was dead when powered it up. Checked the voltages and found these to be below normal. Like 12V was showing around 10, 5V was showing around 3.5 to 4. So, disconnected and removed the SMPS board. Found a lot of dry solder. ESR of the caps was either at the brim or out. So, retouched the board and replaced all the electrolytic capacitors on the Power Supply Board. Removed the front panel and checked the press to on switches. Found two of them making no contacts. So, replaced them. Cleaned the Lens using IPA. Cleaned and lubricated all connectors. Checked ESR of caps on mother board and found these to be normal.

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Then externally connected the board and applied power. The Player came on when the on/off switch was pressed and the cd mechanism functioned well on observation; i.e. red laser was present (Looking from its side from a safe distance), the eye unit moved forward, backward, upward and downward to focus the beam, looking for the starting point of CD. As I did not load any CD, it showed ‘——‘ and stopped. Checked the voltages and found these to be correct as written on the board. So, pressed the eject/load button (open/close) a few times so as to spread the lubrication done evenly. Then loaded a DVD and found it to be working very well!

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So, connected it to a work completed BPL FHR CRT TV, as both could be tested for proper functioning together and allowed the player to work for many hours by playing a few disks.

It worked very well. So, closed the Player with its top cover and packed the defective components in a cover for giving to customer.

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Mission accomplished and satisfaction got collected without fail!

This article was prepared for you by Parasuraman Subramanian from India. He is 72 years old and has more than 30 years’ experience in handling antique equipment like Valve Radio, Amps, Reel Tape Recorders and currently studying latest tech-classes conducted by Kerala State Electronics Technicians’ Association. He has done graduation in BBA degree, private diploma in Radio Engineering and retired as MD of a USA company. Presently working as Consultant to Hospital and other institutions.

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  1. David

    June 28, 2021 at 11:29 am

    I am truly Happy you were able to fix this! Here in the US, these units retail around 35-45 USD. How are you able to make money repairing this unit? I’m mainly curious as our country has become a “throw away society” which is very sad.

    • Parasuraman S

      June 28, 2021 at 4:48 pm

      The cost is definitely recovered and here people prefer to get devices repaired rather than go for a replacement. That's why electronic technicians as surviving here in India and help the Government control e-Waste!

  2. Tayo

    June 28, 2021 at 11:31 am

    Well done my friend but you left us in suspense.... Please share the story of the recently learned lesson about cleaning with a blower before inspection!

    • Parasuraman S

      June 28, 2021 at 4:50 pm

      That was already mentioned in one of my previous articles. (Did not pick up the broken piece, on which the IC number was there.)

  3. Albert van Bemmelen

    June 28, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    You are like always succeeding in fixing a device after replacing a lot of e-caps. I also like to know more about the learned lesson you mentioned. Refering to previous articles not always helps when we do not know what that article was.

    • Parasuraman S

      June 28, 2021 at 4:55 pm

      It was covered in one of my previous articles. I overlooked looking at a burst PWM IC, top of which might have been there inside the DVD Player, from which I could have replaced the IC. Finally, my techie friends helped me get the number.

  4. Yogesh Panchal

    June 28, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    Good Job! Sir
    Dirt is poison for electronics device.

    • Parasuraman Subramanian

      June 28, 2021 at 11:13 pm

      Yes, very very true! Many thanks for your comments!

  5. Waleed Rishmawi

    June 28, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    the cost of parts in my area is getting really expensive so I am doing all my parts buying online so it takes about a two weeks time to get this stuff but usually it is worth keep such parts available in the shop. good job on the repair. have a blessed day

    • Parasuraman Subramanian

      June 28, 2021 at 11:15 pm

      Since, I attend to my service work very early in the morning, I keep sufficient stock of commonly used components. Many thanks for your comments!


    June 29, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks for rendering useful information
    Whether mother board of Philips DVDR 3590 could be repaired
    Please let me have guidelines if any

    • Parasuraman S

      June 30, 2021 at 6:17 pm

      A man-made device can be brought back to life by another man, provided he has the schematic, skills and suitable instruments and more importantly availability of spares and software for conducting the repair. I have conducted major mother board repairs, including replacing the uController of some other models. In your case, first go for the schematic of DVDR3590. Pin point the area of complaint and then go ahead with the repair/replacement etc. All the very best! Many thanks for your comments!


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