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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Philips turntable af 829
Specifically the turntable AF-829:
I had exactly the same problem, and fixed this succesfully.
The problem is in one of the opto-coupler combinations (LED + LDR).
There are two, both located in the mechanical part of the turntable:
1. The first is for the detection when the arm reaches the end of the record, so that it will return to base. This is a red LED with an optocoupler in a little black case. This is OK.
2. The second one is for detection that the arm has reached the beginning of the record area. You can test this by manually pulling the arm from base and moving it towards the record. Then the turntable should start to rotate. You will see it does not.
The problem is that either the LED has not got enough light-emission any more, or the LDR has become more insensitive. It's a transparent LED that radiates RED light.
I replaced the LED by a new (red) one with higher light output, and now it's working fine again.
Posted on Oct 01, 2008
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