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Disc not spinning

In the A side it appears the reader is stopped in the wrong position and the disc does not turn. What is the fix?

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Re: disc not spinning

Clean lense with alcohol and soft cloth if you can carefully move eye to the start position and then clean. Try again.

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The pictures below provide you an idea of what you are looking at.


I hope this helps give you an idea of what the problem is and helps you solve the issue.

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In the picture above you can see the optical reader lens (small glass bubble looking component) and the top of the spindle which the disc sits on (large circular component) and the motor is located directly below that.

The good news is that the spindle motor's average cost is between $25-40 dollars. The bad news is that if you can fix the problem yourself, you will need to remove the entire optical laser assembly in order to replace the motor its self and is a pain. You can have a service technician fix it for you, but the cost will now average you $80-100 dollars depending on what service charges are in the area you live.

I would suggest that you remove the cover and visually confirm that the disc is not spinning, just to make sure. You can try buying a can of compressed air and cleaning the inside out really well first because there could be dust build up which could prevent the spindle from spinning properly.

If you see that it is spinning up, then you may just need to clean the discs or the optical lens. You can take a look at my tips and tricks in my profile for instructions on how to clean the optical reader lens. I wish you the best of luck in fixing the problem.

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The first time, I unplugged the unit for about a minute, plugged it back in and pressed the Open button. The disc was ejected and ran fine for about a week.

Then it happened again, but the unplugging didn't fix it this time.

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