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post #181 of 190 Old 06-27-2016, 01:30 AM
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Hello! This is a great forum. I'm glad I found it.

I have a CLD-D504 that won't play discs. I pulled off the top and took a look. The problem is that the discs won't spin. Everything works except for the spindle. So the motor whines, the laser hopelessly searches, then the disc is spit out: both CD & LD, both side A & B. What I have discovered is that if I manually turn the spindle even a little bit, then click on play, the discs spin properly and the CDs & LDs play. Even the B side switch works. However, if I eject the disc, then click on play again, the motor whines and doesn't spin up. I'm hoping this is an easy fix. What are your thoughts?
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I have a CLD-D504 that won't play discs. I pulled off the top and took a look. The problem is that the discs won't spin. Everything works except for the spindle. So the motor whines, the laser hopelessly searches, then the disc is spit out: both CD & LD, both side A & B. What I have discovered is that if I manually turn the spindle even a little bit, then click on play, the discs spin properly and the CDs & LDs play. Even the B side switch works. However, if I eject the disc, then click on play again, the motor whines and doesn't spin up. I'm hoping this is an easy fix. What are your thoughts?
My guess is it needs a new spindle motor, which I don't consider an "easy fix". I lot of that era players had bad spindle motors (I had an Elite series that had the motor replaced under warranty).

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If it spins up if the disc is turning then it is either the start windings in the motor but also an equal chance it is the power supply. The decision you have to make now is are you attached enough to it to repair it as you can probably buy another cheaper.
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I have a Pioneer DVL-919 and have not been play it for sometime. I switched it on this morning and its display has error message " mecha cpu". I searched internet and no clue what is that. anyone has encountered such problem before?
Did you ever get a response to this. I have just turned mine on after approx 18 months and got the same message. I have to unplug it to clear it, but as soon as I turn it on again I get the same Mega CPU message.
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I normally just open the players and manually run them thru an open cycle.
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Hi folks. Apologies if I'm posting in the wrong spot....I'm new.


I have a Pioneer DVL-919 that has been skipping in a certain spot. The technician at my local AV repair shop had a look it and they determined that I need a new optical pickup. Unfortunately I can't find one anywhere. Do you guys happen to know where I can find one that's in good working order?


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919 was still sold until last year or so. Pioneer should still have the assembly but probably is >$100 maybe >$200. I have seen 919's for the same price, maybe you can just find a used one and keep yours for parts. Prices for all LD's have really dived lately.
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919 was still sold until last year or so. Pioneer should still have the assembly but probably is >$100 maybe >$200. I have seen 919's for the same price, maybe you can just find a used one and keep yours for parts. Prices for all LD's have really dived lately.


Thanks for the reply. I checked with Pioneer and they said it wasn't available. I wonder if I asked for it incorrectly. Do you know where 919's were still on sale just a year ago?


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Hi folks. Apologies if I'm posting in the wrong spot....I'm new.


I have a Pioneer DVL-919 that has been skipping in a certain spot. The technician at my local AV repair shop had a look it and they determined that I need a new optical pickup. Unfortunately I can't find one anywhere. Do you guys happen to know where I can find one that's in good working order?


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Need more information, Skips side B only? Within the first two minutes?
I have not seen a laser being the issue.
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Hi folks. Apologies if I'm posting in the wrong spot....I'm new.

I have a Pioneer DVL-919 that has been skipping in a certain spot. The technician at my local AV repair shop had a look it and they determined that I need a new optical pickup. Unfortunately I can't find one anywhere. Do you guys happen to know where I can find one that's in good working order?

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I have had a DVL-919 for many years - and a DVL-909 - both still operating just fine.
I don't believe the DVL-919 has been available new from Pioneer or any dealer for a fair number of years, although I do come across a used one on Ebay occasionally.
A couple of questions:
is your skipping problem with laser discs or dvds or both?
does it skip on all discs in the same spot?
if the issue is with laser discs - are you also getting colorful spots on the display generally at the beginning of a side? (this generally indicates laser rot on your discs).
what type of media is causing problems matters since this player has a rotating dual laser head system as commented on at www.laserdiscarchive.co.uk:
"Around the back there's a bulge that serves as a housing for the laser mechanism. This jumps to attention as soon as a disc is loaded. Using a complex optical assembly it plays both sides of an LD and has dual lasers with different wavelengths to suit LDs/CDs (780nm) and DVDs (650nm).

One of the things to consider trying is to open up the player and clean the laser lenses (q-tips - gently with denatured alcohol) and check the rails the optical assembly rides on to be sure they are clean with a small coating of lubricating grease on them.

Just a few thoughts & ideas from an old laser disc addict . . .


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