Does anyone know where I can get the switch that mounts on the upper rear portion of the CD tray mechanism and is actuated by the door closing? This is a Philips CD880 Player with many mods so I'd like to save it if possible. Thanks, Dan
If you remove the old switch and use a custom plastic 'platform' to hold the new switch (where the old switch used to be) you will have a far stronger and better (the arm is metal not plastic) mechanism.
It's pretty simple and the tray can be screwed into the existing holes with the trigger arm hitting the same tray ridge. Some experimentation is needed - but for $4 (for the new switch) and an hour making the mount, it's worth it!
Most philips players have this switch fitted. Find a junker and remove the switch from it.
The machine can work without the front switch working though it would no longer have the "push close" function. If that is never used, swap switches between front and rear while you look for a replacement..
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Maybe there is somewhere a mode select switch to find in the turning mechanic thats oxidised, dirth or broken? or the tray has a problem to contact the switch that its not timed anymore by unmount and mount?
Hi Shane, sounds like a dirty or worn laser. If memory serves there are two screws on each side and two on the upper rear. Once the lid is off you should be able to see cd laser. If so you need a cotton bud ( ear plug ) and a dash of Isoproponol ( from any chemist )...make sure unit is switched off...soak end of bud in isoproponol and wipe over laser ensuring it is clean..leave for 30 minutes and switch on and put disk in to check..hope this helps..
See if the tray motor drives a belt to move the tray, if so, check if the belt is loose or broken and replace if necessary.
You can find replacement belts in electronic part stores and on internet, you need to measure the diameter of the circle that the belt forms so you'll know what to purchase, but keep in mind that the new belt will be of a slightly smaller diameter than the used one).
Also check the tray homing switches for dirty contacts or physical damage and clean/replace if necessary.
These switches are usually of a touch contact type (something alike relay contacts that are being pressed to make a contact when the tray is in either of the extreme positions - open or closed).
It may as well be something else like tray motor control section, loose wires or connectors, physical damage to any of the tray drive gears or other tray parts, a stuck/obstructed gear... i only described two of the fairly common problems that often cause the tray mechanism to fail or malfunction.
Dan, I know its been a couple of years since you posted this question, but i just stumbled upon this. Did you ever find the parts you needed? I have a CD880 that shows disc error all the time. This unit has been boxed up for the last 4 years and has hardly ever been used. I have no idea why the error message issue is happening. However, I have not been able to find an answer to my problem in my area. If you are still looking for a spare CD880 for parts I know that mine would be a good choice. Let me know if you may want to check it out.
The transport may have been forced out of alignment if jamming mechanically may require removal and reinsertion while in the open position if , but if it appears to not have the "grunt" to drive the drawer from slipping belts, you will need to change the load belts. Belts slipping are preventing the mechanism from operating correctly. Can be a tricky job if you dont do much of this sort of thing, but is within the range of most handyppl.
They are in Aussie, but you can get drive belts for any peice of gear from WES Components by mail order.
If it isn't making any move to retract the tray it's probably the trip switch. If you look in the back and follow the mechanics under the tone arm you'll see how it closes a switch as the arm goes to the centre of the record. Clean the switch or adjust it.
If it is half returning the tray it is the tray stack all gummed up. Use Servisol Silicon spray or have it rebuilt by someone who knows how.