Thanks again, Kurtis.
Now I have to confess to massive ignorance. Where will I find the
laser pickup movement motor inside the box?
With the case off, I can reach two items that spin: a white plastic
disk with a black piece nested inside it; and beneath it, a metal disc
with a black plastic/rubber piece inside it and a black plastic gear
beneath it. Carefully spinning either of this appears to have no
I must be making your hair stand on end with visions of idiotic
bumbling inside the machine (ahem). It makes my hair stand on end,
too, which is why I didn't force anything or try very long.
Both the 5" and the 8" trays appear to be fully retracted and in
correct position (I think).
Obviously you can't read my mind, and I don't expect you to spend any
serious time explaining this to me. I can pay $20 for a service manual
at servicemanuals.net, or I can find a repair person! Thanks to Tim
who gave me the link to laserdiscservice.com.
Post by Kurtis Bahr
If the laser pickup did not properly get to the rest position the player
will act as it is dead. You can try moving the pickup toard the center
by spinning the laser pickup movement motor and see if it opens.
Personally; I'd sell the unit as is on eBay and then purchase a new DVD
and a CLD-D704 laserdisc ploayer. Better units both ways.
Post by Abracapocus
I have had my 919 for about six years, with no real problems (other
than the fact that it's not as good as a high-quality non-combo
player). It is my only DVD machine.
husband picked the wrong day to try to get over his home theater
equipment aversion). Neither the DVD nor the laser carriage could open
to eject it. This morning I popped the case and carefully removed the
disc (which was slightly scratched, but at least it was just "Harry
Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"). I reconnected the player, but it
is still unable to open either the DVD or the laser tray to receive a
What is the likely prognosis here?
I'm not a repair person myself. I live in Indiana, where there don't
seem to be very many knowledgeable repair folk (correct me if I'm
wrong!). I would be more than happy to (carefully) ship it to a good
laser wizard--unless the consensus is that I should just scrap it &
get separate players (recommendations, anyone?).