SCPH30003R - Laser dead?
I have a PAL SCPH30003R that is faulty. The console boots ok but just says 'No Data' or shows only the memory card contents if inserted.
I took the lid off to observe the CD mechanism and the disc does not spin up. It rotates just a couple of revolutions and stops but doesn't try again. I can see a red glow from the laser and the lens moves up and down, so it doesn't look totally dead.
Can anybody advise what to do next... apart from binning it or eBay!
Adjust the cog (white wheel above the laser) anti-clockwise 1 or 2 clicks at a time till u get ur desired result. If that still doesn't work adjust the screw on the left laser arm. Make sure ur rails are greased well also. As a last result if a combination of the above does not work, take your laser out and adjust the pots on the back to the right a little bit at a time. This seems to work 85% of the time with me heres a link for ya that will explain what i said better http://www.cyber-mag.com/station/index.html hope it helps :)
OK, tried all the recommended adjustments and no improvement.
On closer inspection the disc doesn't spin, it just moves about 1/16th turn and stops. The disc platter moves no more then when the tray is closed without a disc.
The laser flashes red momentarily and the lens goes up and down, so looks like it either doesn't know the disc is in the drive or the spindle motor drive is shutting down for some reason.
sounds like u need a new laser or part on ur laser
Your diagnosis is right - I took the suspect laser out of the v5 console and swapped it into my Matrix Infinity equipped v4. I then used lenschanger to set my eeprom up for the 'R' type laser. Sure enough, my console then did exactly the same as the v5 one - absolutely nothing!
This proves the laser is dead or needs new parts. As there is a red glow from the laser diode, do you think its worth changing the lens coil loop assembly. These are available much cheaper than the whole thing but I don't know how to tell which part is faulty.
#EDIT: Where's the best place to buy a replacement laser?
Before u buy a loop disassemble it first and get all the dust out of it with compressed air and a qtip and alcohol and sometimes this works if it doesn't get the loop.
I stripped the loop part off and cleaned the lens underneath as well, because it was very dusty. The coils on the loop measure the correct resisitance (about 4.5 ohms) and it moves up and down ok when a disc is inserted so I don't think this is the problem.
I now suspect the laser diode itself, despite the fact I can see a red glow. Tried all the adjusments again after cleaning, so it may time to replace the whole unit... assuming it is still available.
maybe ur laser pcb is bad
I've ordered a new laser from 'gameconsolehk' on eBay as he looks to be the cheapest and claims they are new, not refurbished. We shall see - I'll post results once I get it so others can judge for themselves.
I plan to have a last go at the old one by taking it to work and reflowing all the solder joints on the pcb and laser diode etc, although it looks ok to me with a magnifier.
Got my new KHS-400R laser from eBay supplier, gameconsolehk, today.
Fitted it and it wouldn't read any type of disc and made some fairly awful noises trying. I spent a lot of time adjusting the cog wheel, tilt screw and pots, which were both set to around 900ohms when I got it.
After giving up on adjustments, I managed to boot lenschanger from my memory card using the mc exploit (no chip in this one...) and decided I had nothing to lose by trying some other versions.
It wouldn't work with 400R which is what it was supposed to be but when I loaded HD-7 it suddenly stopped making all the noises and started reading DVD originals. After some careful adjustments I got it reading CD originals as well and it never fails to boot now.
It would appear my 400R laser has the HD-7 diode fitted!? :chinscrat