Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Indianapolis, IN, USA
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Got this working - sort of - The motor's not dead. I gently rotated the head so that the laser pointed downwards (B side) and when I powered the LD back on, the head retracted and then rotated back towards the A side and !!!! the tray motor engaged and tried to eject the tray but couldn't. I removed the tray to get a better look and played with a bit a more and surmised the problem was because I had manually lowered the drive spindle so I manually reraised the drive spindle again and after some experimentation figured out how to get the tray back in with the gears setup in the right positions to fully open/close the tray. Ejected the tray, plopped in an old disc I didn't care about too much, loaded it into the player and voila it played! Whoo-Hoo!
Well, not quite -
The original problem still exists -
I can play a disk on A side or B side, stop at any time and eject the disk without incident. But if I let the player play through the entire B side and auto stop, something doesn't mechanically get back to where it should. The LD player will then NOT eject the disc, if you attempt to and then never perform any other operation until I return the head to the B side position again and start it up. (BUT, when it gets into this state if you hit Play, the drive rails will raise, the head will attempt to play but can't as it's hitting something, the drive rails will drop then the tray will attempt to eject, but can't because the tray is hitting something, then the drive rails will raise again and re-engage the disk.
If I press eject NOW, the drive rails will drop properly and the disk will eject without incident. When I load a disc now, the first play will fail (as if the head can't read the disk but I can't hear the drive head move) and eject the disk again... but I can now reload the disk again and **everything works fine** (unless I let the disk go all the way through the B side again).
I suspect I have either a head alignment problem or the drive rails aren't raising/lowering properly all the time.
Anyone have any suggestions to try/explore? I can live with this (if it doesn't get any worse), but it'd be nice to get it back into 100% operation.