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Power problem I was using my 1200 for about 4 hrs like i do in any event a suddenly the leds on the on off went off, but i turned it back on and it gets power but when i push the start button the leds blink and lower the power and the platter never spins, what could be wrong, thx for any help the power also goes down with the pop up light bulb is on

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  • DJLG Jul 18, 2008

    thanks I changed the q2 and the q3 and now they are back to work for 10 more years hehehe


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Sounds like a short. A resistor probably burned out, and is causing unregulated power to hit your system. If you look at your main PC Board, underneath the turntable platter (disconnect your turntable), and remove the board. You'll be able to look at the board, and see if there are any burn sections on the board. If so, than the components around that area will need to be replaced. Generally R213 gets burnt, and Q2, Q3 get burnt, causing this sort of issue. This is not something I would recommend fixing yourself, and I would suggest seeking professional assistance.

You might also want to take a look at your fuses, which are located on the left side on a smaller PC board. If you don't see any fuses, then your unit does not have any fuses (common) installed.

Hope this helps.

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