I loaded 5 music cd's into my HT740 system changer, and it closed ine. However, when I went to play the first cd, it locked up and subsequentially shut down.I presume that the cd's have shifted (this happened before) and are now, in effect, "stacked", so that the drawer mechianism won't let the dawer come out. Short of taking the unit apart, how can I get the drawer open so that I can rearrange the cd's ?
The best solution is to take off the top cover. It's easy to remove with, I believe, four screws. The carousel is located right underneath the cover, so all the CD's will be exposed. However, I don't think that this will solve the problem of not happening again, since this seems to be a problem with this particular model.
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Mike, you will have to take machine apart and locate drawer release pin or take a chance and pry on drawer with butter knife while continually pressing eject button. Check links below for more methods of opening CD drawer. press the helpful button
Unfortunately, it sounds like the relay or motor to open the drawer is either stuck or dead, which can cause the entire system not to play the discs even if the drawer is closed. First, try calling RCA Customer Support to see if warranty service/exchange can be made for the unit. Second, try taking it back to where it was purchased. IF all else fails, You can disassemble the unit (this voids the warranty - do at your own risk) and try to identify the motor and drawer mechanism- try removing the main casing to your stereo (unplugged of course) and ensure that the small belts & gears that operate the drawer mechanism are all in good working order by gently operating them by hand. If not, you can replace or try a repair, but it honestly may be cheaper (and better for your sanilty) to buy a new system.
This is a result of the deck kicking out you disc as an unacceptable media. This usually means that it can not read the data on the disc or the necessary TOC (Table of Contents). The other possibility is that your draw in detection switch has gone bad and when the processor- control type, tries to load a tray or close the drawer it is not getting the door closed signal. Depending on how the unit is programmed it might just sit there and do nothing or in your case throw the disc back out. It is kind of telling you it wants to go see a Technician. It could also be a bad belt that loads the Pickup assembly- it might be good enough to move the drawer in and out but the Pickup assembly needs more torque and it might not be there.
This has just happened to us. Often when the changer tries to select a CD on random play, it somehow knocks one CD off the carousel, usually on top of the other 5 CDs and then you can retrieve it easily. This time it knocked it down behind the carousel so the drawer could not close. We left the drawer open, carefully took the player out and tipped it upside down and then tipped it forward. We then closed the drawer while it was still upside down and then turned the player back up the right way. The loose CD fell onto the carousel and we could then open it and retrieve the CD. No damage to either CD or changer and we are now listening to music again!