The real dead v9 answer is here!
We have sold many many consoles over the Christmas period and thankfully we have only had a hand full of consoles die.
However among some close friends we now know of a large amount of dead units in excess of 100 consoles reported in the New Year break.
The chips in these units are the following:
Messiah 2, 1.31 and 1.33B
DMS3 v9 1.8 (Yes the DMS3 also!)
This has lead us to start our own testing on the dead v9 units.
We have found in every console we have looked at, the laser simply cannot find the groove and is continually trying to focus on the disk.
This has been proved by testing the LA608 chip which is responsible for the laser focusing and tracking.
There has now been 3 dead v9 consoles successfully repaired by replacing this chip and we will be making further repairs/tests tomorrow.
The question now is why have these LA chips been blowing?