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How to open the case?

I would like to open the case of my Bose Lifestyle 20 system, to take the CD cartridge out. How do I do this? I do not find any screws!

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  • Anonymous May 23, 2008

    Bose Liftstyle Model 20. 6 units CD case stuck and will not eject. Tried instuction suggestions of using instrument slid into slot on bottom of case, but only ejects case partially. Assume a cd is actually stuck in play position. Need access by removing bottom I think, but don't know how to open case. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanx,

    Bob

  • Tom Jun 30, 2008

    I have the exact same problem. Last night all of a sudden one of the cd's sounded like it was moving back and forth without stopping. I had to unplug to stop it. I am going to try to look for the slot underneath and see if that release will work. I suspect that there are more than just me and two others that have or have had this problem. Is there some kind of product defect?

  • Anonymous Sep 08, 2008

    i have the bose lifestyle 20 system and i can see that a cd is stuck halfway between the magazine and the unit. i tried the manual magazine release but that didnt work cuz the cd is jamming it. i tried using a paperclip to move the cd but all it will do spin in place. i would like to get inside and dislodge the cd but can't figure out how to open the unit?

  • xxwa Feb 21, 2009

    I can find the manual release on my 1996 lifestyle 20 music system & it will open the cd cartridge about 1/2 an inch, so it is working. It will not come out any further, so I guess i have to take the cover off 'lytebrite' describes how to do this,but, being a bit thick i need more detailed help, probably pictures , Gordon, Australia

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Hi- I had to also remove the CD cartridge. A Pain! You can easily remove the case cover. You need to carefully remove the LED lens from the front by using a small putty knife to depress the expansion pins on the right and left sides and pry the lens cover up. Then, use the putty knife to lightly pry up the aluminum top cover. There are 4 nylon pins affixed to the aluminum cover by double stick tape. They are approximately 1.5" from the corners. Lightly pry up each corner to remove the top cover and you are in. There are no screws. Don't gorrilla the thing or you will bend the aluminum. Cheers!

Posted on Sep 21, 2008

  • lytebrite Sep 21, 2008

    BTW- The CDS are visible from the top once you get the cover off. You need to push the cartridge/magazine back in. Then there is a black pinch roller on top. Roll the pinch roller so the CD goes back into the magazine. You'll probably see the other CDs below them stuck half wayin. Use a slim screwdriver or credit card to push those back into the magazine. You can then flip the thing back over and use the manual eject slot to remove the magazine. Good luck.

  • Lightbox Nov 25, 2010

    Note that the metal top is glued down just in the little section above the LED screen. I had to use a sharp knife to cut the glue as I was prying the top off gently.
    I accessed the nylon pins from the two sides, lift with one flat object, and stick another one below the nylon pins.

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I followed lytebrite's instructions (excellent by the way) and removed the magazine.

I reinserted it and the system made a bunch of whiring noise and was cd loaded. I removed the cd player assembly from the unit and looked it over. On the bottom of the assembly I saw a small gear on a motor shaft that was riding on top of a larger gear not fully engaging it. I fiddled with it and got it to go back down on the motor shaft fully. Now we have a working 6-cd player. The wife is happy.

If anyone wants to see a picture of the motor gear assembly that was messed up on my player let me know.

Lyle

Posted on Nov 12, 2008

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    Cary Swoveland Jan 02, 2011

    I too followed those instructions to remove the top cover. Upon doing so, I discovered that one of the CDs was in the "play" position. When in the play position, the CD is not fully removed from the casette; i.e., part of the CD is in the case and part is outside the cassette. (No wonder the manual release didn't work.) To get that CD back in the cassette, I lifted the a part that goes through the hole in the CD (i.e., applied upward pressure) and carefully worked at the edges of the CD with a small flathead screwdriver, gradually pushing back into the cassette. There was considerable resistance, and it was necessary to move the screwdriver to several locations, each time sliding the CD just a little. At one point there was no access to an edge of the CD, but it was possible to move it a bit more by pushing on the edge of the hole in the CD. After doing that, the outside edge of the CD became accessible again, and remained accessible until the CD was fully in the cassette. At that point (since I previously had used the manual release), the cassette came out easily. I just finished the extraction, so know if I damaged the CD i nudged out, but I don't think I did. Also, I have yet tested the unit with another (low-value) CD.

    Cary

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You dont have to open it, i have the same problem and my 6 disc magazine won't come out. I tried re-setting it by powering it On-Off but no use. My system is a Lifestyle 20. Here's the solution. all you need is a small flathead screwdriver long enough to reach the notch.
1. Turn the media center unside down so that the "Manual Magazine Release" is in your upper right hand.
2. There Is "NO" latch to release so don't panic,(i did)
3. Locate the two small rectangular "Open Slot" on the side. (You need to use the Top One)
4.Using the 'Long and Slim" size screwdriver (or whatever long wire you have enough to reach inside)Push the little "U" or "Y" Shaped metal Upward (Below the Manual Release" Tag)
5. Presto, the magazine will come-out. If you have a problem, e mail me and i can walk it through with you. Hope this help, i was about to ship mine to Bose...

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Here is a solution that worked for me. Turn the unit up side down, in the back right corner the is a narrow long slot with the label "Magazine manual release" next to it. Take a thin object and push the lever in the bottom back. This will release the magazine. I had to pry a little bit at the corner of the magazine to get it out, but it worked.
Lars

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Have you tried to prise it open
it might be that the CD has been put in incorrectly
ONLY TRY THIS IF YOU DONT CARE ABOUT THE CD!!

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