Tip & How-To about Zenith DVP615 Portable DVD Player

How to change defective motor of portable DVD Player

This portable dvd player always says "no disc" everytime the disc's load.
I've checked it and found the faulty parts. The spindle motor that spin the disc.

Here's the step diagnosing the faulty motor.

1. Open the bottom cover of the portable dvd where the lens assembly is located together with the motor.

2.Pull-out the disc holder of the motor using the flat screw driver, you will see the small screw securing the motor from the assembly.

3. Unsrew the motor from the assembly.
4. Using the multitester set it at ohmmeter (X1) then test the motor.
Good Motor - reads fairly high resistance and it will spin.
Bad Motor - reads low resistance and it will not spin.
This test is also applicable at any DVD player.
5. After you confirmed that the motor was faulty then replace it with the new one and your unit will get back to normal again.
Upon installing the new motor, you have to consider the clearance of the spindle motor disc holder. Improper clearance will affect the reading of the optical lens. (check the clearance from the original motor)

Aside from the motor the most common problem also with no disc error is the FF:

Dirty Lens - this is prone to dust and any fine foreign objects that will block the optical lens from reading, gentle clean it with a soft cotton buds.

Lens ribbon - check the ribbon connected to the lens from the main board for scratch,damage. Once it has an open line then of course the lens can't read the disc. Also try to erase the lead/contact with pencil eraser.

Hint : Almost 50% of my related dvd problem I've encountered with no disc error are caused by defective motor/ribbon, lens covered with dust. So you have an idea, try it to save some money sending your unit at the repair shop.
Good Luck.

Hope my tips may help you.

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