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The LG DVD Recorder Won't Play

Updated February 21, 2017

LG DVD recorders connect to a TV or audio-video receiver for disc recording and playback. Like most DVD players, LG models use a composite AV cable to output the playback signal to an attached device, such as a TV. If you experience playback problems with your LG DVD recorder, try troubleshooting the connections and cleaning the laser lens to fix the issue before sending the component off for repairs.

Push in the three cable plugs connected to the rear of the LG DVD player so that each is seated securely in its jack. Check the plugs on the other end of the cable to confirm they are also properly connected to a TV or AV receiver.

Press the "Power" button on the front of the LG player and check the electrical cord to be sure the component is receiving power.

Press the input select button on the TV remote to be sure the jacks that connect the TV to the LG DVD recorder are activated.

Press "DVD" if the LG model is a DVD/VCR combo. This ensures the unit is set for DVD playback rather than videotape playback.

Press the "Open/Close" button on the LG DVD player remote control to eject the media tray and insert the DVD laser lens cleaning disc. Press the button again to retract the tray.

Press the "Play" button on the LG DVD player's remote control to run the laser-lens disc cleaning cycle, which usually takes less than five minutes.

Eject the cleaning disc and replace with a pre-recorded DVD to test playback.

Things You'll Need

  • DVD laser lens cleaner disc
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James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.