Last night when trying to view a DVD, it seemed to be skipping a bit so we opened the changer and re-inseted the disk. Upon shutting we got a message MECHA ERROR. We can't get it to open. I've turned it off and back on. It's up against a wall so I can't even get back there to unplug it and I've searched my manual and can't find anything.
Can anyone help?
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My experience with CD/DVD players has been, unfortunately, that when the trays stop opening and/or closing, or when error messages start regularly, it's history. Hope yours turns out differently, but I wouldn't count on it. It will cost you as much or more to fix it than to replace it. if you live near a large junkyard you might try to retrieve one there, but the fact that your car is 13 yrs. old will make that tougher.
Let me respond with a possible solution although I'd bet that both of you already tried these.
The reason I checked into this is because I'm looking for a new mini system. I happen to be at Target and they only had 2 models - this one and a SONY. I certainly didn't want to buy the RCA given these problems, so I asked the salesperson, who seemed to have some knowlege.
As far as opening the tray on top, there is a button to push right under the tray. The button has an icon of a triangle on it. This seems to be somewhat of a standard icon for opening the tray or ejecting a CD (my car's CD has the same icon for ejecting a CD).
As far as only being able to get 3 CD's out, there is another button under the tray marked "disc skip". This rotates the tray. When you open the tray, you can only get to 3 of the CD's. When you push disk skip, it rotates the tray one position, so you can get the 4th one out. Another push and now you can get the 5th one.
Sometimes my CD changer doesn't shuffle the disks. If I only have 1 CD or DVD in it and push the tray open button, the disk stays in the unit and the tray revolves to an intermediate position. I push the button to put the tray back and try disc skip; that usually works.
If your problems are not solved per above, then I definitely do NOT want to get this.
This may not work for everyone, but.....
I had the same problem with the Toshiba SD-3205. After unplugging, trying button combos, etc, nothing worked. I could here a slight whine inside the machine, and then again...."MECHA ERROR".
I turned the unit on its side to see if there was a manual tray button on the bottom. Nothing. Then just to try it, I turned the machine off and on again while on its side.
It started up, I heard a clatter, and then the display changed to "INSERT DISC". I placed it the right way up again and pressed "OPEN TRAY" and it worked!
My theroy: There was one DVD in the carousel, and I think last time the tray shut, it got wedged somehow and prevented the carousel from rotating. Turning the machine on its side and pressing "OPEN" is what dislodged the disk.
This indicates a mechanical error... ie: the cd is jammed, the drive mechanism has become seized, if this a multiple CD changer, it's possible the CDs in the cartridge were inserted on a slight angle and the drive mechanism can't work with that.
If you're mechanically apt, consider removing the cover of the CD changer and releasing the mechanism by hand. If the unit is still under warantee or if you're not comfortable doing these things, repair might be your best option.
Mecha error is a Mechanical Error. This means that this is an actual physical malfunction of the unit. Sometimes pressing the reset button can realign some of the mechanics but most often this is a problem that requires to be serviced.
I have actually had the same problem multiple number of times now and am going to suggest you a rather "crude sounding" solution!!
First, atleast in my case the problem usually occurs when you turn the DVD player off while it still has DVD/CD inside and then turn it back on a little while later.
This is how the "solution" works. I just disconnect the player and give it a good shake !! This somehow dislodges the "stuck" disc inside and voila, the player opens up after reconnecting and pressing the open/close button. Sometimes it takes more than one "good shake". Sounds rather severe but works everytime !!