TurboDuo CD Problem

Tempest

Galford's Armourer
I have a US TurboDuo that I just did a laser replacement on. The laser was no longer reading CD-R's so I figured it was starting to go. Well the laser appears to be working (it moves on its track and I see the lense move up and down) but the CD won't spin. It's like the spindle isn't getting power or something. There is absolutely no CD movement at all. The laser just moves to the ready position (right next to the spindle) and moves up and down a few times while the CD stays stationary. It then says "Please Set Disc".

The unit was just recapped and was working fine before the laser replacement so that can't be the problem. I also have the CD lid button held down so that's not it (it doesn't say that the lid is open). I tried swapping in the old laser again and the CD still didn't spin so I don't think the laser is the issue either. None of the wires inside look broken either.

I can't see how I could have broken anything, replacing the laser was a snap. Nothing hard about it and it went smoothly. I'm completely stumped on this.
 

ballzdeepx

Giga Shock!!
I mean it is odd that it happened right after you swapped the laser, did you accidentally forget to connect a cable, or put it on wrong/backwards?
 

Tempest

Galford's Armourer
The two cables are different sizes and keyed so you can't put them on backwards. That was my first thought as well.
 

ballzdeepx

Giga Shock!!
Can you try wiggling the ribbon cables to see if it starts working, maybe something is bent or crimped etc, or somehow not seated on a pin correctly.
 

ballzdeepx

Giga Shock!!
Unless the dust cover, and console top/lid isn't set correctly, I'm not sure what else it could be. The fact that it worked before this swap points to something being wrong on the re-assembly or something brittle being broken most likely.
Sorry man, I'm sure there are more skilled people here who can help advise.
 

Tempest

Galford's Armourer
I got it from eBay. From a seller that everyone said they got theirs from.

So it won't spin if it can't detect a cd? Could the new laser need some sort if adjustment? Or could the lens be dirty? Are they really fragile? Could it have been damaged in shipping somehow?

I tried putting the old laser back in but it still didn't spin. I wonder what that means? To me that says there's another problem.
 

RoadBuster

Crossed Swords Squire
Was there a cover or something over the lens when you got it? When I got a new PS3 BD laser, I had to remove a tab from near the lens.
 

Sypth

Mr. Big's Thug
It's dumb but, did you try as simple as cleaning the lens off? Only other thing I can think of is that the laser assembly hasn't been inserted right, like it is at an angle to the disc, so it's trying to read the data at an angle.
 

Tempest

Galford's Armourer
I can try cleaning it off when I get back (I'm on vacation for the next few days), but then why doesn't the old one work?

I thought about the angle thing too but there really isn't any way to do that with this system since it's on two metal rails.
 

RAZO

Mayor of Southtown
Look for the potentiometer and try adjusting it. Either move it a tiny bit to the left or right. If the laser doesn't detect a cd on start up the drive won't spin. The new laser could be faulty as well. I hear from a guy who repairs old school consoles that he gets defective lasers from ebay all the time. He has to play the return replace game a few times before he gets a good one.
 

Tempest

Galford's Armourer
I don't see a pot to adjust. The laser could be bad I suppose, but then why wouldn't the old one work? I'm wondering if it isn't a wiring issue.
 

Tempest

Galford's Armourer
Bah, it says I have to register to see. I'll have to do that later. What was the topic about?
 
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