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Pioneer DVL-919 repair

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Anonymous
June 3, 2004 5:33:18 PM

Archived from groups: alt.video.laserdisc (More info?)

I have had my 919 for about six years, with no real problems (other
than the fact that it's not as good as a high-quality non-combo
player). It is my only DVD machine.

Late last night, a DVD got jammed in the machine (long story short:
husband picked the wrong day to try to get over his home theater
equipment aversion). Neither the DVD nor the laser carriage could open
to eject it. This morning I popped the case and carefully removed the
disc (which was slightly scratched, but at least it was just "Harry
Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"). I reconnected the player, but it
is still unable to open either the DVD or the laser tray to receive a
disc.

What is the likely prognosis here?

I'm not a repair person myself. I live in Indiana, where there don't
seem to be very many knowledgeable repair folk (correct me if I'm
wrong!). I would be more than happy to (carefully) ship it to a good
laser wizard--unless the consensus is that I should just scrap it &
get separate players (recommendations, anyone?).

TIA--
Ab

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Anonymous
June 3, 2004 9:11:24 PM

Archived from groups: alt.video.laserdisc (More info?)

If the laser pickup did not properly get to the rest position the player
will act as it is dead. You can try moving the pickup toard the center
by spinning the laser pickup movement motor and see if it opens.

Personally; I'd sell the unit as is on eBay and then purchase a new DVD
and a CLD-D704 laserdisc ploayer. Better units both ways.

Kurtis

Abracapocus wrote:

>I have had my 919 for about six years, with no real problems (other
>than the fact that it's not as good as a high-quality non-combo
>player). It is my only DVD machine.
>
>Late last night, a DVD got jammed in the machine (long story short:
>husband picked the wrong day to try to get over his home theater
>equipment aversion). Neither the DVD nor the laser carriage could open
>to eject it. This morning I popped the case and carefully removed the
>disc (which was slightly scratched, but at least it was just "Harry
>Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"). I reconnected the player, but it
>is still unable to open either the DVD or the laser tray to receive a
>disc.
>
>What is the likely prognosis here?
>
>I'm not a repair person myself. I live in Indiana, where there don't
>seem to be very many knowledgeable repair folk (correct me if I'm
>wrong!). I would be more than happy to (carefully) ship it to a good
>laser wizard--unless the consensus is that I should just scrap it &
>get separate players (recommendations, anyone?).
>
>TIA--
>Ab
>
>
Anonymous
June 4, 2004 2:55:15 PM

Archived from groups: alt.video.laserdisc (More info?)

Kurtis Bahr <kbahr@erols.com> wrote in message news:<40bf93fe$0$2950$61fed72c@news.rcn.com>...
> If the laser pickup did not properly get to the rest position the player
> will act as it is dead. You can try moving the pickup toard the center
> by spinning the laser pickup movement motor and see if it opens.
>
> Personally; I'd sell the unit as is on eBay and then purchase a new DVD
> and a CLD-D704 laserdisc ploayer. Better units both ways.
>
> Kurtis

Thanks, Kurtis--both for the diagnosis tips and the replacement
advice. Much appreciated. I was hoping you'd be the one to answer me!

Ab

>
> Abracapocus wrote:
>
> >I have had my 919 for about six years, with no real problems (other
> >than the fact that it's not as good as a high-quality non-combo
> >player). It is my only DVD machine.
> >
> >Late last night, a DVD got jammed in the machine (long story short:
> >husband picked the wrong day to try to get over his home theater
> >equipment aversion). Neither the DVD nor the laser carriage could open
> >to eject it. This morning I popped the case and carefully removed the
> >disc (which was slightly scratched, but at least it was just "Harry
> >Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"). I reconnected the player, but it
> >is still unable to open either the DVD or the laser tray to receive a
> >disc.
> >
> >What is the likely prognosis here?
> >
> >I'm not a repair person myself. I live in Indiana, where there don't
> >seem to be very many knowledgeable repair folk (correct me if I'm
> >wrong!). I would be more than happy to (carefully) ship it to a good
> >laser wizard--unless the consensus is that I should just scrap it &
> >get separate players (recommendations, anyone?).
> >
> >TIA--
> >Ab
> >
> >
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Anonymous
June 7, 2004 9:39:17 PM

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abracapo@yahoo.com (Abracapocus) wrote:
> 222 25086 <44dd5f40.0406031233.4f6f9d34@posting.google.com>
> I have had my 919 for about six years, with no real problems (other
> than the fact that it's not as good as a high-quality non-combo
> player). It is my only DVD machine.
>
> Late last night, a DVD got jammed in the machine (long story short:
> husband picked the wrong day to try to get over his home theater
> equipment aversion). Neither the DVD nor the laser carriage could open
> to eject it. This morning I popped the case and carefully removed the
> disc (which was slightly scratched, but at least it was just "Harry
> Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"). I reconnected the player, but it
> is still unable to open either the DVD or the laser tray to receive a
> disc.
>
> What is the likely prognosis here?
>
> I'm not a repair person myself. I live in Indiana, where there don't
> seem to be very many knowledgeable repair folk (correct me if I'm
> wrong!). I would be more than happy to (carefully) ship it to a good
> laser wizard--unless the consensus is that I should just scrap it &
> get separate players (recommendations, anyone?).
>
> TIA--
> Ab
>

You can go to this website http://www.laserdiscservice.com/ and maybe
they can help with service, if you want to ship it somewhere...
Anonymous
June 7, 2004 10:37:51 PM

Archived from groups: alt.video.laserdisc (More info?)

Thanks again, Kurtis.

Now I have to confess to massive ignorance. Where will I find the
laser pickup movement motor inside the box?

With the case off, I can reach two items that spin: a white plastic
disk with a black piece nested inside it; and beneath it, a metal disc
with a black plastic/rubber piece inside it and a black plastic gear
beneath it. Carefully spinning either of this appears to have no
effect.

I must be making your hair stand on end with visions of idiotic
bumbling inside the machine (ahem). It makes my hair stand on end,
too, which is why I didn't force anything or try very long.

Both the 5" and the 8" trays appear to be fully retracted and in
correct position (I think).

Obviously you can't read my mind, and I don't expect you to spend any
serious time explaining this to me. I can pay $20 for a service manual
at servicemanuals.net, or I can find a repair person! Thanks to Tim
who gave me the link to laserdiscservice.com.

TIA (again),
Ab

Kurtis Bahr <kbahr@erols.com> wrote in message news:<40bf93fe$0$2950$61fed72c@news.rcn.com>...
> If the laser pickup did not properly get to the rest position the player
> will act as it is dead. You can try moving the pickup toard the center
> by spinning the laser pickup movement motor and see if it opens.
>
> Personally; I'd sell the unit as is on eBay and then purchase a new DVD
> and a CLD-D704 laserdisc ploayer. Better units both ways.
>
> Kurtis
>
> Abracapocus wrote:
>
> >I have had my 919 for about six years, with no real problems (other
> >than the fact that it's not as good as a high-quality non-combo
> >player). It is my only DVD machine.
> >
> >Late last night, a DVD got jammed in the machine (long story short:
> >husband picked the wrong day to try to get over his home theater
> >equipment aversion). Neither the DVD nor the laser carriage could open
> >to eject it. This morning I popped the case and carefully removed the
> >disc (which was slightly scratched, but at least it was just "Harry
> >Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"). I reconnected the player, but it
> >is still unable to open either the DVD or the laser tray to receive a
> >disc.
> >
> >What is the likely prognosis here?
> >
> >I'm not a repair person myself. I live in Indiana, where there don't
> >seem to be very many knowledgeable repair folk (correct me if I'm
> >wrong!). I would be more than happy to (carefully) ship it to a good
> >laser wizard--unless the consensus is that I should just scrap it &
> >get separate players (recommendations, anyone?).
> >
> >TIA--
> >Ab
> >
> >
Anonymous
June 9, 2004 2:41:11 PM

Archived from groups: alt.video.laserdisc (More info?)

abracapo@yahoo.com (Abracapocus) wrote in message news:
>
> I'm not a repair person myself. I live in Indiana, where there don't
> seem to be very many knowledgeable repair folk (correct me if I'm
> wrong!). I would be more than happy to (carefully) ship it to a good
> laser wizard--unless the consensus is that I should just scrap it &
> get separate players (recommendations, anyone?).

I live in Indiana and there is a very good laserdisc repair shop in
Muncie, about 30 minutes from Indianapolis. I once took my machine in
for a similar problem (I have a 919 too). They only charged $25 and
it was ready the next day. They can handle any Pioneer model,
American or Japanese. I can dig up their information if you're
interested.
Anonymous
June 10, 2004 3:05:59 PM

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mbeals@juno.com (Mark Beals) wrote in message news:<4e46f9e7.0406090941.54ef18e4@posting.google.com>...
> abracapo@yahoo.com (Abracapocus) wrote in message news:
> >
> > I'm not a repair person myself. I live in Indiana, where there don't
> > seem to be very many knowledgeable repair folk (correct me if I'm
> > wrong!). I would be more than happy to (carefully) ship it to a good
> > laser wizard--unless the consensus is that I should just scrap it &
> > get separate players (recommendations, anyone?).
>
> I live in Indiana and there is a very good laserdisc repair shop in
> Muncie, about 30 minutes from Indianapolis. I once took my machine in
> for a similar problem (I have a 919 too). They only charged $25 and
> it was ready the next day. They can handle any Pioneer model,
> American or Japanese. I can dig up their information if you're
> interested.

Yes, please, the Muncie repair shop info would be great! Many thanks.

I also need to give a hearty shout-out to Duncan at Bayview
Electronics (laserdiscservice.com). He has been very helpful, and fun
to talk with.

Cheers,
Ab
!