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After having this player for 6 years, it has decided to not load any discs. After several moments of a whirring sound, I eventually get a DISC ERROR message on the LCD and a Check Disc error on the screen. After trying a cleaning disc and getting no improvement, I removed the cover on the unit and discovered that the disc is not turning at all when the whirring sound is heard. I can manually spin the disc, but it doesn't appear to have any affect.

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  • Luke Plamann Dec 12, 2006

    After spending some time trying to determine the source of the whirring sound, I have determined that it is coming from the laser.

    When the laser goes to read a disc, it moves in and out slightly (I assume to focus), but then it starts to move from side to side very quickly. That quick lateral movement is what is causing the sound.

    I had thought the sound was coming from the motor trying to move the laser or spin the disc, but that doesn't appear to be the case. The motor that moves the laser works. I was able to move the carriage to the wrong end and the motor moved it back fine. I have not seen the motor that is supposed to spin the disc work, but I don't think that it is the problem.

  • Anonymous Dec 19, 2007

    Toshiba SD-3109

    It Stopped playing audio disks.

    Disk errors only when loading audio disks.

    Videodisks play just fine.



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Sometimes the motor that spins the disk will develop a dead spot where it will refuse to start up and spin, so my bet would be either the motor or the driver IC that powers it. Depending on your model number (it should have either a letter B,C,E or U after it) it may need the whole mechanism replaced. Also at around the 7th year, it has been my own experience that the laser pickup gets weaker and will either stop reading the discs all together or start skipping part way through, so a complete mechnism replacement is probably the way to go for this repair, unless you find that the replacement cost is under $150.

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Had the same problem wiped the lens clean and now as good as new

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Buy a new machine. I had my sd3109 eight years, and encountered the same problem yesterday. From what was said in this article, it will cost too much to repair. New machines are so cheap these days.

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