I would appreciate anyone’s input into this matter! Funny Thing...I went out to shop for new media and happened to read the fine print on the back of a TDK DVD-r case. It says not to play there DVD r's on any unit but the one that produced it.....Warning that when that skipping occurs...which it did for me....the over exertion of the laser trying to read the disk will cause the laser lens to "fog", damaging its performance and even rendering the DVD player useless. I find this disturbing considering my player now has trouble reading a new original movie after my , freezing and skipping and so on. My last post I described how after I would backup a movie. It would run perfect 2-4 viewings then start to skip at certain chapters in the movie. This skipping would then happen more often in other chapters and even other movies that previously would run flawless. Gunna pawn of my burning to put towards a new DVD player and pop my good'ol CD-RW back in. Thanks for taking the time to read this thread!!! Running Dell P4 2.6ghz 1000 megs Rambus LG Supermulti 4X with latest firmware Using E3 dvd-r media with silver burn surface. I now understand that I should purchase higher quality media.... Guess the question I am asking is.... Has anyone else read about or experienced this reaction to there Stand alone players. Does this really occur when media fails (skips) and the player struggles to read the disk? Flip218 wuz kind enough to give me some cleaning suggestions but I ran a lens cleaner and Gas dust my dvd. When I reflect light off it, the surfaces is clean and flawless!