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I have opened it up and observed what it's doing, and it moves the optical head four times, back and forth. It starts slightly away from the center hub, and then moves until it contacts the hub, then moves back again. After four of these back and forth movements, the spindle motor engages for a moment (diffferent sound). then it does it all again. All the while, as long as the tray is not open, the machine thinks there is a disk in the drive. Manually moving the read mechanism to either extreme or a center position had no effect. There has been NO error message on the display, unless it cam and went very quickly.
I haven't tried to put in a finalized or commercial disk, so I should do that, but it seems rather hopeless to me at the moment. I'll try it thought. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
This sounds like a sensor failure in the drive, and that I presume is not exactly a fix-it-yourself issue. Assuming no one has any brilliant insight into resetting this macine, I plan on sending it off as soon as I get all the content off it. Yes, it means playing it back and re-recording it on another machine, but it's better than losing the content, and it HAS to be much better than the VHS transfers I have been doing lately.
Evil is charming and beautiful. It makes you doubt yourself. It asks for one small compromise after another until it whittles you down, and it functions best when no one believes in it.-JOA