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    Default Where can I get my beloved Saturn fixed?

    CD drive motor died 😷

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    If you are in the UK, Matt BUXTON is a good bloke to ask...

    https://www.videogameperfection.com

    ... He's done a ton of good work for me and is a real gent. If you want to go nuts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by A31Chris View Post
    CD drive motor died 😷
    Are you sure it's the motor? Normally if the disc spins a bit at boot and then stops it's the laser that is not working.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xelement5x View Post
    Are you sure it's the motor? Normally if the disc spins a bit at boot and then stops it's the laser that is not working.
    This.
    The drive won't spin up if it can't see a disc. It's more likely that the laser died, than the motor.

    I'd first try adjusting the tray height, maybe make tiny adjustments to the laser potmeter, to see if it is indeed that.

    If it really is the motor, I'd like to take a look at it, since I've heard so many people say that the motor fails, but it was always just the laser. Shipping might be costly depending on where you live though.

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    My bad it's the laser. I upped the gain on it few years ago but that just bought time.

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    i have a bunch of saturn parts and have done lots of repairs and modchip installs n such. might be able to help you out if u can wait for me to dig through my boxes here...
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    Sounds like the perfect candidate for RHEA. I'll have to get one, myself, as my mod chip is performing intermittently. Maybe I'll get the 3DO (Panasonic FZ-10) and Dreamcast equivalents, or maybe I'll drag my feet until they're no longer available and regret it.

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    ive had this happen before, dreading it going down again...is this like the dreamcast, can you easily grab another unit & swap em out? mine's chipped & i'm not keen on losing that


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    It's fairly easy I think. I had someone do it, but I think it's a pretty low level soldering job.

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    Yeah, swapping the laser in a Saturn is not hard, you just need to be careful and be able to locate the part. I bought bulk stock of about a dozen replacement lasers several years ago to keep me going into the future.
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    Saturn lasers are super easy to replace. The JVC Optima-6s is very hardy, and even the ones from AliExpress have given me no issues at all. Every single one of them worked. I bought a whole bunch in bulk and in singles from AliExpress. Bulk buying drove the prices down to $8 per pickup. Looks like it's now $12 for the lowest priced ones, and I'm surprised just how little vendors now supply this laser. There used to be pages and pages of Optima-6s listings on AliExpress. Looks like I'm gonna have to stock up!

    Here's some of my tutorials:

    https://youtu.be/jaQoiXiWr84

    https://youtu.be/sDS6dS_sTFc

    And one for the "Sanyo Saturn" which uses a different laser. How do you know it's a Sanyo? They are made in the Philippines.

    https://youtu.be/LgP-MtN-Bog

    If you're still reading.. if you don't have an ESD safe soldering iron, just touch any piece of metal on the iron on a large piece of metal. Don't walk around with the iron in your hand, especially on a rug, as you'll build up static. Ground youserlf and the iron before handling the laser pickup.

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