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Technics sl-p555 disc won't spin unless helped by hand

Technics sl-p555. when a disc is inserted you can hear the laser trying to read the disc but the disc stays still unless helped along by hand and then it will spin slowly then speed up till it gets to the required speed to actually play the disc then it will work fine until you next change the disc. i've swapped disc mechanisms out of an sl-p777 and an sl-ps70 which are in perfect working order and the problem persists so i know that no part of the mechanism is faulty so i've narrowed the fault down to the main PCB. maybe a power supply fault? any help gratefully received. thanks.

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If a disc will not spin, A- the laser may not be focusing on the disc, as it must do this before it will spin and read the TOC. ( table of contents) B- you could have a fault in the spindle motor circuit or the motor could be bad. You will need to find an authorized servicer if you do not understand solid state repairs. Good Luck PS please dont forget to rate this.

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Im afraid the laser is worn out, or there is a power supply problem, or the spindle motoer servo curcuit is defective. If you know how to service solid state curcuits, maybe it will be worth fixing. Im sorry to say, if you do not, then most likly the repair will exceed the cost of a new unit or come close to it. Good Luck PS please do not forget to rate this thread.

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you probably have some sort of overheating or short on the internal board - is it still on warranty? if so they will fix at no charge - if not, a local repair shop should be able to correct the problem but it may cost as much as $150

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did the unit was not powering On..?

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I have the same problem. I finally convinced JVC's tech support to help me out (they **** by the way) and I got the schematics for all the boards in the unit. From looking at them I believe it is the Digital Signal Board. I will post results soon.

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