A while ago, my Philips DVP642 DVD player died. It wouldn't do anything. And it wouldn't even surrender the DVD that was inside. Luckily, we have the Internet. I did some poking and discovered that this model has a well known flaw. A single inexpensive capacitor on the power supply board dies. I found a nice description on Amazon, as well as this Yahoo group, and this guy's blog and his detailed photos of his repair job, and even this forum about bad capacitors.
So today I finally got around to repairing mine. I decided to document this brief adventure a little differently. I hope you enjoy these panels. Click on them for the larger (readable) versions.
Epilogue: Since I'm in the process of upgrading my television and video experience to the digital high-definition world, with a new 47-inch 1080p LCD display, I'll probably give this DVD player to Goodwill because it doesn't upconvert. My new Oppo DVD player still works very nicely (my blog post about that). I'll probably get myself a new backup DVD player - one that has upconversion to 1080.