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Pioneer PDR-W839 Disc Changer Jammed

Have a Pioneer PDR-W839 home cd player/recorder with jammed 3-disc tray-type changer. Won't open no matter what I do and just keeps clattering away while trying to open with no success until display finally shows an "E2" error code. Has anyone out there had experience with this specific problem and if not then do you think it's a self-fixable mechanical problem by someone decent with his hands but with no prior home audio component repair experience? Or alternatively do you think it's an electronic problem that would be better handled by a professional? Any advice and/or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your assistance!

Posted by Karl Nakagawa on

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  • Karl Nakagawa May 26, 2007

    Problem update as of May 25:
    Contrary to the thought that this is a purely mechanical problem,
    I'm now thinking it could be an electronic malfunction. When unit
    is powered-on, disc changer automatically activates and then goes
    through aforementioned malfunction, all without pressing any other
    control buttons except for "power". Additionally, I was eventually
    successful in cleanly opening/closing all 3 trays in sequence for
    2-3 cycles on 2 or 3 separate occasions, further leading me to
    believe the problem might not be mechanical. So again, any advice
    and/or thoughts before I seek professional help locally, would be
    greatly appreciated. Thanks again to all for listening!!!

  • Karl Nakagawa May 28, 2007

    Wow, would've thought it'd be that simple, but
    I don't see any pinhole on the exterior of the
    unit. Should I remove the cover and look for it
    inside, and if so then in what area of the
    interior would it most likely be located?
    Thanks for taking the time to address my
    problem; I'll wait for further instructions.

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    100 discs


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Look for a small pinhole and insert a pin while powered up to reset the device

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