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Reading error/Mechanism error

My Avic N2 will not read or eject any type of disc. As a matter of fact the the disc drive won't even turn. But when I push the eject button randomly it would randomly say Reading format, Reading error or Mechanism error. I know it is not a faulty disc drive because when I took it out and tested in my N1 unit,  the drive function perfectly. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • hogan doan
    hogan doan Jan 24, 2008

    Yes, I did. I have tried almost everything that I can think of and nothing works. I consider myself of having advance knowledge about these Avic N-series as far as mechanical wise. But I have no solution for this problem.

  • hogan doan
    hogan doan Jan 24, 2008

    I can fix it fairly easy if it only say Reading error(laser alignment), Mechanism error(spring, gear or motor...) or Reading format = Unplayable disc(dirty laser). But this one randomly say all three when I push the eject button. Please remember the disc drive function perfect when I test it in a different unit and I even put a perfect different drive in the same would happen. It won't mess up the drive, it just won't turn and randomly display the described phrase. Thank you.

  • hogan doan
    hogan doan Jan 24, 2008

    Thank you for trying but my problem is alot deeper than just resetting, my loading/ejecting mechanism and disc drive are completly dead but when I tested in another unit everything work fine. I think that it doesn't get any power from the board, may be one of the IC that regulate the current to the whole drive might be toasted but visually everything look OK. Any other suggestion that you have I would surely try. Thank you.

  • hogan doan
    hogan doan Jan 24, 2008

    First I like to thank you for your expertise. I did what you suggested but I could not get pass the insert disc step because my load/eject mechanism and disc drive are completly non-functional. I think one of the chip that regulate the current to the whole disc drive unit had failed. But I can't see any sign of a short circuited one. Do you know which one regulate the drive may be I can test see if it works? Any suggestion will never be taken lightly by me. Thank you.

  • hogan doan
    hogan doan Jan 24, 2008

    By the way I did replaced the ribbon cable, that is the first thing I did. Thanks.

  • hogan doan
    hogan doan Jan 24, 2008

    Which one? I counted more than 10 surface mounted tiny fuses on both side of the circuit board. Some as small as a pin tip. I am dead serious about the size. Sorry guys if I sound imposible, I have more time than money and I think that I am so close to get this drive going. I just need a little more help. Thanks for all your efforts.

  • hogan doan
    hogan doan Jan 24, 2008

    Is everybody giving up on me already? I talked to the guy who run the the auction on Ebay that would fix all Avic N-series problem and he confirmed that the IC chip which regulate the disc drive is commonly the culprit for my problem. But he doesn't tell me which one it is. Ofcourse he is not going to give out his bread and butter. Does anyone know which IC chip he is talking about and where is it located on the board? If you ever fixed a similar problem on a different brand or unit and remember the diagram please drop me a line and I think I could figure out the rest. Thank you in advance.

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Have you tried to reconfigure your drive? try to reconnect your buswire on it then restart your computer to detect the device properly..

if still doesn't work, let me know here.

Posted on Jan 25, 2008

  • Gil gil
    Gil gil Jan 25, 2008

    i believe there is an issue with regards of chipsets that are found on your motherboard. Because, once this tend to be damaged..it will obtain an error not only your CD-ROM but to other devices as well.. The best solution you can get is its you have to refer your motherboard to the manufacturer OR replace it with a new one since the circuitry of motherboard are interdependent with each other. If one circuit will fail to load or damaged, it will affect the whole status of your computer.

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Have you checked the internal fuse, intergrated on the circuit board with in the unit.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008

  • Aaron Prentice
    Aaron Prentice Jan 24, 2008

    i dont know which one but im sure i have had a simluar issue, continuity test them all.

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It may be worth it to get your Navigation Flex-Cable replaced for free as Pioneer just released a statement saying that, "After a number of power cycles, the cable has been observed to fail and cause the unit to malfunction (symptoms may include, but are not limited to, the flip-screen becoming blank)"... who knows maybe the cable is causing other issues

Link to FAQ on Nav Flex-Cable free replacement

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  • Steve Stonebraker
    Steve Stonebraker Jan 24, 2008

    How did you try to reset it?



    There are a couple of different methnods:



    Resetting the microprocessor
    • Pressing the RESET button deletes the contents of the product’s memory.
    Pressing RESET button lets you reset the micro-processor to its initial settings without changin the condition memory.



    The microprocessor must be reset under the following conditions:
    • Prior to using this unit for the first time after
    installation.
    • If the unit fails to operate properly.
    • If there appear to be problems with the opera-
    tion of the system.
    • When changing the combination of the equip-
    ment.
    • When adding/removing additional products
    that attach to the unit.
    • When the display and the Hide-away units are
    re-connected.



    FIRST METHOD

    1. Turn the ignition switch OFF.
    2. Press RESET button with a pen tip or
    other pointed instrument.



    SECOND METHOD
    After completing connections or when you
    want to erase all memorized settings or return
    the unit to its initial (factory) settings except
    for some navigation items, switch your engine
    ON or set the ignition switch to ACC ON
    before pressing RESET button.


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Hi,

Did you try reseting your unit?

Posted on Jan 24, 2008

  • Damen Wong
    Damen Wong Jan 24, 2008

    Did you try this reset process?



    REMOVE DISK

    HOLD RESET AND EJECT
    RELEASE RESET BUT HOLD EJECT
    SCREEN WILL GO BACK IN AND OUT-THEN SAYS PLEASE PRESS THE RESET BUTTON…DON’T
    THEN WITH JOY PAD PRESS …
    UP,RIGHT,UP,RIGHT,DOWN,RIGHT,DOWN,RIGHT…THEN OK (JOYPAD BUTTON INWARDS)
    PASSWORD SCREEN WILL COME ON SCREEN BREIFLY
    TEST MODE SCREEN APEARS-CLICK JOYSTICK TO RIGHT ONCE
    SCROLL DOWN TO NUMBER 6-PROGRAM FORCED WRITE (OK)
    FIND NUMBER 1 SYSTEM PROGRAM (INSERT DISK --CNDV 40/50/60?)
    PRESS 1 SYSTEM PROGRAM (OK)
    SELECT 2 DVD/CD ROM (OK)
    SELECT LANGUAGE… (ENGLISH)
    PRESS (VIEW –POS) BUTTON
    SHOULD SEE SYSTEM PROGRAM GOING UP IN %

    WHEN FINISHED PRESS (BACK)
    FIND NUMBER 6 PROGRAM FORCED WRITE AGAIN (OK)
    NUMBER 3 APPLICATION PROGRAM (OK)
    SELECT 2 DVD/CD ROM (OK)
    SELECT 1 UK ENGLISH...THEN PRESS (VIEW – POS) BUTTON
    SHOULD SEE SYSTEM GOING UP IN %

    WHEN FINISHED PRESS (BACK)
    TEST MODE PAGE 1
    SELECT 6 - CLEAR BACK UP MEMORY (OK)
    SHOULD SAY FINISHED THEN ASKS FOR RESET BUTTON TO BE PRESSED
    PRESS RESET ON FRONT OF UNIT

    START SAT NAV AGAIN

    ASKES FOR LANGUAGE PRESS NO (READ TEXT)
    SYSTEM STARTS


    BUTTONS

    OK = JOYPAD INWARD
    BACK = JOYPAD TO THE LEFT…NOTE THIS WILL BRING YOU BACK TO PREVIOUS PAGE
    BACK = BAND BUTTON ….NOTE THIS WILL TAKE YOU BACK TO THE MAIN MENU



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