Have you tried using a DVD lens cleaner on your Toshiba and have you tried cleaning your DVDs?
Mike,Some say it's a copy protection issue, others say it's a format issue, yet I have a 9 year old Pioneer DV-525 that has never missed a beat with any DVD. I've also had a newer Toshiba SD-1600 that was nothing but grief. Go figure!
Since the older machine works perfectly and the newer one doesn't, I think it's a build quality issue. What other reason could it be?Mike,
Wouldn't you think that the newer machines would better handle these problems. In my case, the GX7 is about three years old while the other unit is only a few months old and I would expect the GX7 to run into problems with these new schemes. It just goes to show that I don't know too much about DVDs.
Quite possible and it is a major concern (one I was trying not to think about). I'll have to play more cheap DVDs in it and see what happens. Thanks for your thoughts.Since the older machine works perfectly and the newer one doesn't, I think it's a build quality issue. What other reason could it be?
I'm not sure that this narrows it down to the copy protection as a new disc would also eliminate the chance that the DVD itself may have been made a bit out of tolerance. This could also explain why it works on some and not others. I've seen floppy magnetic media that would work in some drives and not others because the alignment of the magnetic material was slightly off. I realize that with optical drives the odds are probably smaller but it could be a possibility. Please feel free to correct me if this is not correct.An experiment to see if it is some oddball copy protection issue, would be to take a problem DVD and make a DL DVD-R "backup" of it using a PC with DVD burner and free software such as DVDFABdecrypter. Saying to do this only for a DVD that you own.
The DMCA still needs to be tested through the courts for its alledged conflicts with what many feel are legitimate "fair use" issues for individual usage at home. IMHO. :foottap: