Okay, so I went to replace the apparently faulty DVD drive in my Philips 3576 model. I printed out the directions shown here:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...=39#ReplaceDVD
Inside my unit, it looked like the one shown in the first pictures of the above instructions - so far so good.
But when I got to the point of wanting to fully remove the old drive and replace the new one (just the drive, not the board), things went haywire.
First how do you get off the soldered cable and the one down inside the DVD drive (that appears to connect to the lens housing)?
The bottom of my existing drive and the replacement drive look exactly the same in terms of the connections (the drives look the same too). So that image accurately reflects both drives - but I can't figure out how to undo the wires from the old and connect them to the new - and there is nothing about those details on the instructions linked above.
So, if I wanted to avoid that, I'd just replace the drive and the PCB. But again, big problems there. The existing one looks like the one in the first picture of the instructions. Mine is this:
As you can see, I have an HDMI connection at the rear, a DV connection underneath the front (which runs to the front panel on the right side, behind a door), two holes where plastic mounting tabs go through, and two separate connections.
The new one looks like this:
which has two holes that will match the plastic mounting tabs, and two connectors that I believe will match the existing connectors. But it doesn't have an HDMI port, nor does it have a connector for the DV wire.
The other side looks like this:
Two other connectors here. I haven't removed my existing PCB yet, so I don't know if there are matching cables for those ports or not.
It's also about 1/3 the length of the existing PCB. So, I need some help.
1. Is there an easy way to disconnect all three cables from the bottom of the DVD drive and reconnect them to the new drive?
2. If not that, do I use the new PCB and lose my DV and HDMI connections??
ANY useful help is greatly appreciated.