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I have a Panasonic which is about 10 years old. Following a recent long distance move (packed in original box) it happened I only played a few regular DVDs before attempting to watch a Blu-ray disk. I was surprised to see a message it could not read the disk, even though it had been viewed before.
So I tried a couple more Blu-rays but again received message they could not be read. I began shopping for a replacement but decided to try one more time. Again loading different disks I initially got the same read failure. I also noticed the read time was longer than I remembered from when it was working. Then with one disk after seeing the same message I reloaded it. This time it began playing but did exhibit some pixilation.
The deck still plays regular DVDs normally but fails with Blu-rays. I don't know enough about them to understand if the reading mechanism for Blu-rays is separate from the standard laser reader?
Because of the age of the deck I expect the only reasonable answer is to replace it rather than try for a repair?
"The only cats worth anything are the cats who take chances. Sometimes I play things I never heard myself." Thelonious Monk
My old (10 or so years old) Sony blue ray player is acting up as well. Cost me $650 at the time. I can get a newer Sony with more features (see my post from today) for $150
Repair IOW, no. Time to move on.
It's common for DVD/Blu-Ray players to have two lens, one red and one blue for Blu-Ray. I have an older Samsung that started getting picky and die on chapter or layer changes. The same DVDs would work fine on my old Oppo player.
Anyway, it was a good excuse too buy a new Oppo 4K player before they quit making them. Strangely, the Samsung plays perfectly with Blu-Ray discs. We'd upgraded our NetFlix for Blu-Ray.
You might try one of those cleaning discs which never did anything for me before you just buy a new player. It's probably not worth fixing even if you could source the old lens assembly.
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