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GPX HM1836 Boombox CD Tray spins all the time and doesn't stop

It stops only after pushing off main power knob. Driver chip is pretty hot and was changed just in case, but it didn't help to solve the problem.

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Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with your model, but the way it is supposed to work, is when you load a CD, you will see the laser lense move up and down a few times as the laser attempts to focus on the disk, and as well you will see the spin motor spin a few times. If the spin motor is going all the time, and the driver chip has been changed, then there is either a circuit problem giving the "on" pin of the driver ic a signal to spin at all times, or the microprocessor that runs the Cd has failed and is sending signal to spin constantly. Unless this is a hugely expensive blaster, I would replace it given the type of problem you are having.

Good Luck!

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