Don't panic

If you're having screen issues with your portable DVD player, it can be frustrating trying to figure out what the root cause is. All you want to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your favorite movie on the beach. And with the many things that could go wrong with your vacation, you'll want to at least know there's one issue that won't be that big a problem to fix. So if you're having trouble figuring out what maybe the cause of your DVD player's screen malfunction, here are a few tips that might help you get to the bottom of the situation.

The discs

A lot of times the DVD discs themselves can be the reason you're player isn't working correctly. If you've stored them in a tight CD/DVD binder your discs can become warped or either that you can accumulate bad sectors on your disc. There are downloadable software programs you can purchase to fix your DVD discs. Also, the scanner in your DVD player may not be working as it should, if that's the case, you can use a DVD disc cleaner to make sure everything is running correctly. Additionally, purchasing a portable DVD player with a USB port will allow you to view your movies with a flash drive if your disc is beyond repair.


Be sure to check your battery power before getting too panicky. If the screen blinks intermittently, then it's because of low battery power. Many portable DVD players have a rechargeable battery that simply need to be hooked up to an AC or car adapter. If you often go on long trips, it'd probably be a good idea to purchase a portable DVD player with a long battery life. The Sony DVP-FX970 boasts a 6 hour battery life which will allow you to watch the four plus hour long Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring special edition DVD as well as another movie before needing a charge. But if the battery doesn't seem to charge properly, you may need another one which can get kind of pricey and difficult.

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There are a number of ways you can fix a dead or stuck pixel on your LCD screen. One way is to grab a microfiber cloth (or a damp washcloth), turn the portable DVD player off, gently apply pressure to the area of screen the pixel seems to be acting strangely, turn the portable DVD player back on and release. Everything should be looking normal after doing that. Also, it'd be a good idea to do a quick wipe down of your screen to get all the smudges off that accumulate overtime. If you have a portable DVD player with a VGA output, you could use Pixel Tuneup to fix any dead or stuck pixels on your screen. Just plug the device in, wait a few minutes and everything should be back to normal.


Sometimes, if there isn't an electronic store around where you're vacationing and you just can't seem to get the screen working, you could always find out how to hook your portable DVD player to a TV to be able to watch the movies on the larger screen. Conversely, if you're screen is working properly but your DVD discs are all shot, you could just your portable DVD player to a game console to keep the kids happy. If you have issues beyond the screen, I have a more general article on how to fix your portable DVD player.