Originally Posted by 645824
Thanks Rick for the tip, that's an excellent suggestion. I just ordered one from Amazon (free shipping with Prime). Amazon calls it "Maxell BR-LC Blu-ray Lens Cleaner" for $10.
Remind me NEVER to buy and sell a house again. Geez haven't been able to watch a movie or get caught up on TV in ages. I think I will junk my av gear and start reading books again after all this ;-)
Anyhow, this is another thing you can try, if you have not already. If after you use the lens cleaner (BTW - the Maxell wind tunnel one is excellent, if that is what you got, also you need a couple brush based brute force ones as well in your arsenal) and still no luck you can rip into the unit, pop the top on the loader and clean the lens with a good Qtip, either dry or wet with 100% hooch or freon TF (if you can still find it, the freon, not the hooch). While you are in there lube the drive guide rails with a tiny bit of white lithium grease or silicone based lubricant (you want something clean that will never dry out and will not drip). Personally I have never recovered a 5K loader like this, but several here in the past have. I have made several loaders almost silent with the lube trick, recommended if the grinding noise gets on your nerves, but I never tear into a loader unless it be broke. I have a couple that are both marginal on BDs. One refuses to play shiny new Lionsgate BDs (only a couple I have ran into so far) and one does not deal with long movies at all (think it is a 2nd/dual layer issue?). Both of those have been brute forced cleaned and lubed and silent. Some day it is what all my players will end up with and will only be good for CD/DVD/HD and possibly some BDs? For some reason I have ran into the BD breaks issue with the loaders I have used to play movies more often. I of course have ran into may loaders that play BD but no HD or have various issues with HD. Fortunately I have trashed or returned all of the HD challenged loaders that have been in my possession (as far as I know and have tried). I hope I can find all my spare loaders after the move, if that ever happens.
Good luck on the recovery. I keep hoping that someone here will send a unit in for repair to Sammy and see if they still do the ~$110 or so repair post paid to them for loader issues. Thats way more than most folks would be willing to pay for a player these days, but beats the ~$250 for the cost of a guaranteed replacement from Samsung. I have considered sending in my project player with a bumb loader in order to get just one more brand new/repaired loader since I am down to one spare and working for the most part loaders in all 5 of my players. One of these days I need to eBay most of them whole or in parts and just move on to running the A35 for HD and a new player for BD and keep a 5K around for the up-conversion of DVDs.
It appears now that we may never see a firmware update for this player and I heard "officially" on another thread that LG has pulled the plug on support for the BH200. It actually has more issues cropping up than the 5K these days. Time to pull up stakes and move on. I have to run two 5Ks one running 1.6 and another 1.4 in order to play all my Disney's now anyhow so might as well run both a HD player and a "modern" BD player. I hope my A35 still runs, survives the move and never dies after.