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post #1 of 6 Old 12-31-2009, 03:22 AM - Thread Starter
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Can the disc drive from say, an HD-A2, be used as a replacement disc drive in an HD-XA2? I have an A2 that I don't plan to use, and I need to decide whether to keep it around for a spare drive in case the one in my XA2 fails. If not, I don't plan to keep it around.
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HD-A2, HD-A20 and HD-XA2 all use the same drive (SD-E802A) and it can be swapped between models.

HD-A3, HD-A30 and HD-A35 also use the same drive (DAV-RB722) and it can be swapped between models.

I don't know if you can use a drive from a 2nd generation player and put it in a 3rd generation player or vice versa.
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Thanks. I thought perhaps they were programmed to only work with a certain board. It doesn't screw things up if the drive's firmware is a different version? Unless that isn't stored on the drive itself.
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Swapping drives between same generation players works well. I had problems with the drive on my XE1 (which is the European version of the XA2). About half the discs I tried to play just gave an error message. Something about the disc not being a DVD. I bought a cheap used E1 (which is the European version of the A2) and swapped the drives. Now my XE1 plays all the discs I can throw at it.
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Guess I'll be keeping it. Thanks. Any other user serviceable parts?
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Don't know for sure on 2nd gen but I'd suspect the PSU boards are easily swappable. There should be a part # on the board and if it's the same...

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