Not sure if this would be better here or in the pc entertainmetn section. One of my old gen dvd players has started to malfunction, old pio - porbably due to a worn out laser. On wondering what to do I thought it probably would be fun to modify the unit, afterall dvd players and writers are very cheap these days (as I know new dvd players are too - but buying one oneself is not flexibile). Just as one can by a pc case, select own parts and units and build themselves a pc - why cannot the same be done with a standalone player - you could convert it (or customise a case) into a recorder as well as a player, alter connections (hdmi - vga etc by buying plug-in boards akin to the way one uses AGP, PCI/express), add harddrive at you leisure even add scalers or wireless control. I suppose the key would be a. the software to run on startup, and b. having suitable,adaptable modules, sockets and suitable boards. Maybe it is simply an instant pipe dream and I am no electrical engineer but is this such a wild idea? Anyone already done such?