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V14 laser failure? –
I have a V14 PS2 which just suddenly died. What happens is when it was powered off, there was a buzzing/ratcheting sound (from the laser positioner butting against the spindle) and since then, when turning it on, the same sound occurs and it seems as if the laser can't find the boot tracks on the disc. I'm suspecting a laser failure as I can't see the laser illuminate at all while it's doing the search. What puzzles me is that it has a modchip and has a Neofix module installed that was supposed to prevent laser burnout. Could it be that the laser driver went bad as well? Does anyone know how I can isolate what the actual problem is, whether the laser or the driver? Thanks in advance!
Neofix on a v13+ will do nothing but strain the laser, reducing it's life.
That's a bummer.... I'm new at this and I have a Crystal Chips Pro 2.0 in my V14 unit (not a V13) and the Neofix XIV (supposedly made especially for the V14) came with it along with V14-specific instructions. It's supposed to reduce the current to the laser to prolong it's life, but now I'm wondering. Is the behavior of the laser positioner indicative of a failed/dead laser LED? Thanks!
Check if the laser cables are in securely. I was reassembling a slim one time, the laser cable was a bit loose, and the laser was clicking against the spindle motor nonstop. But make sure to remove that Neofix.
Thanks FahadSaid! Nothing was wrong with my cable, but I did remove the NeoFix as you suggested. After I did that, no more buzzing sound and the laser's apparently working now as it's reading the discs fine. I suspect that instead of my laser burning out, probably the Neofix resistors or the controlling semi-conductor failed, thus not sending any power to the laser. I guess the V14 is more durable than some on the net have said.