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DVD Player Not Spinning Discs Error Fixed

There are users reporting that the DVD player spins then stops, or DVD player spins but won't play. For example, "When I put a DVD in, the DVD player is not spinning. The light blinks when it attempts to start the reading but I can't hear any spinning sound." This problem is quite a common error with DVD players and is most likely a hardware issue. But before you buy and replace the disc drive, try the solutions below.

Why and How to FIX DVD Player not Spinning Errors?

1. Faulty DVD lens/head. You may need to open the DVD player and inspect the drive unit. Clean any dirt from the DVD drive. Remember don't insert a disc with a sticker on it, or the sticker may stick on the spinning part and cause the DVD player not spinning disc errors.

2. Check if the disc is placed in the DVD player in the right way (the label is not upside down). There are users who need to manually press the disc down in the DVD player to make the DVD player spin.

3. The DVD spinning motor may lack proper lubrication. You may need to open the case of the DVD player and apply WD-40 or similar lubricant into the motor and drive shaft. Before you do this, make sure it will not void the warranty.

4. If the disc is scratched or damaged in any way, the DVD player spins then stops, or the DVD player spins but won't play. Also check the DVD player manual to see if it supports the DVD format, like DVD4, HDVD, HDVD-9, etc.

5. Replace the DVD player with a new one. You can also check the external DVD drive for your laptop.

Also see: DVD player not reading discs >>

If Disc is Not Spinning in PS4 or Other PlayStation...

  1. As soon as the disc is inserted into the PS4, tap semi-hard on the top the PlayStation around the area where the disc is.
  2. There are two door sensors in the PlayStation like PS2 and the disc won't spin in the drive if the door is open. Make sure the little black nub above the power switch and the white/brown plastic box at the back of the laser assembly are both pushed down.
  3. It's strange that sometimes the DVD player won't spin discs unless the PlayStation is placed vertically.

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author - Donna Peng

Donna Peng

Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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