Any Hi Fi techie types
If it’s tray loading, whip the top off, and carefully clean the lens with a cotton bud and isopropanol, if you have some, or possibly vodka. You get a build-up of very fine dust because of static, until the laser can no longer read the pits on the disc.Posted 4 years ago
Check the disc, too, it might be mucky fingerprints on the disc surface in the centre, the player reads the disc menu around the centre hole, then reads outward from the centre.
There are a number of possible causes. Did it stop reading discs overnight or was it struggling for a long time? Can you hear the disc spinning up inside the player?
Some major fault sources:
Internal cable assy come loose or intermittent.
Dirty lens on the mech – either get one of those cleaning discs or take cover off player and then mech, see if you can clean the lens with isoprop or similar. You could also try and blow dust away from the inside of the player.
Faulty mech – you might find a like for like replacement on ebay, but they could possibly be running different S/W or H/W from standard.
Dry joints on the decoder/servo control IC, if handy with an iron you could touch these up.
Past these obvious ones, you’d be looking at PSU rails then fault finding to component level.Posted 4 years ago
The mech itself is connected via a ribbon cable, no soldering for that bit. The motor might be hard wired, I’ll have a look if I can locate one. The bit I don’t have any experience of is the mounting in the plastic tray, should be fairly simple though. Advice would be to take a few pics as you disassemble. And don’t leave it plugged into the mains 😉Posted 4 years agofinishthatSubscriber
Laser failures are common – you may be able to get one if you can findPosted 4 years ago
the model number -most replacements will need at least a pair of links desoldering – they are linked for static protection and you should use
a static protected iron if you can.
Yours is old so you may not be able to get a fresh one.
I recently replaced an expensive Arcam player with the correct generic Hitachi laser/transport – £15 well worth 20 minutes work.
After putting this job off wet Sunday and a broken hand seemed like a good opportunity to give this a go, not sure about the broken hand but i would have been out on the bike otherwise.
All came apart easily enough, plenty of photos to record what went where, lots of burnt fingers (trying to solder with said broken hand)and some foul oaths and then all back together. Swithched on and away she went first time:
A couple of pics below – thanks again Rich 🙂Posted 3 years ago
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