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No Disc Error DVD Player- Philips DVP3608/94

By on August 12, 2016
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This Philips DVP was brought to me by a lady, whose 22 year old son was suffering from autism, with the complaint that it is not playing. Since her son is an addict to listening to music from this player, he was ransacking the house because it stopped playing. So, she requested me for an urgent attention.   Since I knew that it is going to take some time, I gave her my Sony DVD player and showed her how to connect it at her house, so that she can pacify and console her upset son. I learnt from her that the player was almost all the time playing one song or other, which meant that it was being extensively used. Let me mention here that whenever we accept a defective set, we should talk to the user and obtain as much details as possible, which would help us in our troubleshooting.

Opened the cover and played the DVP. It was getting on, responding to both remote and front panel control, and was also opening and closing, though it was sluggish. But showed no disc error after sometime, and the CD was not rotating. When I manually turned the CD, it started rotating. This indicated that there is something wrong in the spindle motor section.

I removed the loading tray after disconnecting the connectors to the main pcb. Opened the tray, removed the spindle motor and replaced with a new one from my stock. I also replaced the belt while the tray was open, as it was visible and easy. Then loaded a CD and played and found it was working.   In order to ensure that all possible problems are solved, I removed the SMPS PCB and looked at both sides and also checked ESR of all capacitors. Found that ESR of 10/16V in the primary power supply section was exceeding the limit. So, replaced it and did a dry solder patch up.

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Fit the SMPS Board back and connected it to mother board. Switched on, it was working very well. (The picture of the 4” B/W CRT TV that I have for checking DVDs, looks hazy because of poor exposure, reasons for which are obvious)

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So fit the cover back and retested it with many DVDs and CDs that I have and found that it was working very, very fine. You can also see the picture of parts replaced below:

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Called up the customer and told her that her DVP was up and working fine. Another deserving job completed quickly and satisfactorily.


This article was prepared for you by Parasuraman Subramanian from India. He is 66 years old and has more than 30 years’ experience in handling antiques equipment Valve Radio, Amps, Reel Tape Recorders and currently studying latest techs classes conduct by Kerala State Electronics Technicians’ Association. He was a BBA graduate, retired as MD of a USA company.

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  1. sudhir

    August 12, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    sir !
    very nice post on this dvd repair. I liked the part where you had written that you have given your dvd player for the child so he can consoled until his unit got repaired this is very genuine attitude which shows how good you are at heart.

    Love your articular on repair as it is informative and good on presentation.

    once again thank you for this articular.

  2. Albert van Bemmelen

    August 12, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Another very thoroughly repair job you've done!
    Thank you for the article.

  3. Yogesh Panchal

    August 12, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Good repair along Humanity.

  4. Luciano Khware

    August 12, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Wonderful repair article. The face that you proceeded checking the Power supply parts shows that you are really committed to thorough repair work by ensuring that all possible problems are solved. Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. Tito Lopez

    August 25, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Hi Sir, thanks for sharing that dvd player repair especially the lending of your own to the child which is heartwarming service to your customer.I commend you for your kindness and commitment to humanity.

  6. Parasuraman S

    August 25, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Thanks to one and all for your encouraging and warm comments! This is the fuel that keeps me going!

  7. Justice cele

    June 15, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    excellent skill hope to get there myself

  8. Ghisu Lal Joshi

    November 21, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Please give IC number mounted on power supply input section.

  9. lanchenba

    January 14, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    is there anyone who can tell me where can i get this power suply

  10. Thongam Dorikanta Singh

    September 2, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    Sir, SMPS of my Philips DVP3608/94 dvd is not working due to fuse transformer present in it.
    My question is where to get a new transformer or the said SMPS in India through online.
    I shall be thankful to you


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