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post #1 of 21 Old 07-21-2004, 07:52 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi all-

I've got a Momitsu V880 DVD player that skips when playing DVD's. It doesn't skip on all DVD's and it doesn't skip all the time but it skips way too much for my liking. I hate it when I have a crowd over to watch movies in my FPHT and the damn thing starts skipping. It kinda ruins the experience.
I've played the same skipping DVD's in my $100 Sony player and they never skip. Sometimes I can eject the skipping DVD and start it over and it will now play fine without skipping. I'm at my wits end with this.
Could this be a loader problem? Does anyone make a DVD cleaner disc that could possibly solve this problem? I've upgraded the firmware to the latest rev dated 05/26/04. Thanks in advance for any help.

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Dirty disc might be the cause.
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It skips even on brand new discs.

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Yep, mine does too occasionally, even w/the latest firmware installed. Skipped on 'Monster' (Charlize Theron) DVD just last night. Played the 1st layer fine; started freezing & skipping frames on the 2nd layer. Then, after 5 mins, it was fine again.

I can also never get a DVD-RW to play smoothly. PQ on the Momitsu is great, but its build quality definitely leaves something to be desired. I plan on buying the Denon 1910 when it's out (next month I believe). I'll keep the Momitsu for non-R1 DVDs.

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Skipping on new discs is not acceptable. Contact the seller/Momitsu.
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I've noticed that my zenth 318 starts to skip on dvd-r about an hour and a half into movies. I'm starting to think its a heat issue because by that time the dvd player is pretty hot and my rca dtc 100 its sitting on is pretty hot as well. When I take the dvd to another player, it plays fine. Anyone ever heard of a hot dvd player starting to skip or freeze?
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My V880 locked up one time... when I had it sitting on top of my (very hot) AV receiver.

So, YES it can and does happen.
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It could be a heat issue. I've noticed the player does get very warm at times.

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I think heat is a major culprit in this area. I used to have skipping problems as well until I moved it to a cooler location and added some bga heatsinks to the sigma chip. Haven't had a single skip since (about 3 months).
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I don't know how the skpping problem occurs, but one way I know how to fix it is taking out the power and plugging it back every time I put in a new dvd. Something to do with the power. I am thinking about replacing the power cord with one that has a round filter on it to see if that does anything.

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I've got some CPU and chipset heatsinks and fans laying around so I think I'll pop the hood on the 'momi' and see what I can cool...I'll post my results when I'm finished.

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try to chipset one first as most cpu sinks will be too wide and you don't want to contact anthing beyond the processor. I used four bga ramsinks with thermal tape and they worked like a charm.
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This is the begenning of the end. My momistu skip and play only 50% of my dvd. All my dvds are in perfect shape, no scratch or dirt.
This player has good technology but the loader is very cheap ....
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Definitely send it back for a replacement. Have not heard abt this issue abt Momitsu.
Edit: Stand corrected. It seems to be a loader issue. But I also read that new players (with new loaders) along with latest firmware should not show this issue
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Dude - This is another loader problem -

1. When did you got your player? (if you get it before March, then you'll probably need to do some kung-foo to the V880).
2. have you load the new firmware?
3. Unplug everything on the back of V880 for 1 day.

Then read this :

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...53#post3825253

Best luck.

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I agree with Baja, this is most likely loader related. By the way, I own a very recent V880 with a EPO loader made in April 2004, and I still experienced all the classical symptoms.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&highlight=166

I initially also thought I had a heat related problem, as the disks were pretty warm after I unloaded them when they skip/froze. After unplugging the V880 for an overnight cooling, I loaded the disk, skipped to the chapter with the skipping, and it still happened!

No problems after the Lite-On transplant :)
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I tried a bunch of things - including a disk cleaner - to avoid the Lite-on 166 transplant, as I had absolutely no experience with modifications. I finally did it, following the instructions on the forum. It was suprisingly easy, you don't need an engineering degree for this ... It now plays EVERYTHING!
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has anyone upgraded to the latest firmware? is it worth the upgrade?

ver.1.1.12 may 26, 2004 release?
http://www.momitsu.com/dvd_880firmware.html

Y O U N G
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Quote:
Originally posted by yshin
[b]has anyone upgraded to the latest firmware?
LOL... Are you trying to be funny :) it's end of July already..

Quote:
is it worth the upgrade?
I would get the latest firmware anyway - that just me..

Happy reading :

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=406324


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Keep sending it back until they get you one that works. This should be Momitsu's problem, not yours. I'm waiting on my 3rd V880. Hoping this one will actually be able to play dvds.
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I know this sounds a bit like voodoo, but works for me. note: this player is one of the early models with original loader.

When finished with dvd, do not hit stop. Eject the dvd, close the loader, wait until panel reads "no cd", put player in standby (off). Power up and load the next dvd.

Since I adopted this routine, dvd's almost always play flawlessly. Even severely scratched disk from netflix.

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