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Old 23 January 2018, 20:22   #61
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Ok thanks a lot. Sorry, should have read the post more thoroughly. So I know what to do now
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Old 24 January 2018, 16:32   #62
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No need to apologize! I just wanted to make sure you didn't waste your money.
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Old 22 May 2018, 22:06   #63
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Hope you don't mind me adding this here Akira, but it's an excellent resource for diagnosis of laser issues.

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Old 22 May 2018, 22:21   #64
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That's a great link Paul, I will add it to the fist post, thanks!
If anybody has anything to add to the guide, do let me know and if it's relevant and good I'll put it in the first post.
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Old 26 October 2018, 21:52   #65
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Just replaced my laser with a Sony KISS 210A laser following Akira instructions and my CD32 now seem to work. We'll see if it keeps working but there's hope! I'll now fix the other one I have.

My remarks:

- you can avoid to remove the blue connector on the motor, just remove the laser.
- no need to remove the white ribbon cable that links the motherboard to the CD unit if you are careful
- no need to remove the metal cover beside the laser unit (the one with the sole screw, I couldn't even remove it). No need to calibrate the laser for me anyway
- solder sucker did the job perfectly to remove the solder blob. It just left enough solder on both pins, but removed the connection neatly.
- if you don't know how to remove solder, train on the old laser or another broken piece of electronics, just to get used to it (all this soldering work makes you wish you'd have 3 hands, left or right)

Very very easy steps. I litterally suck (no puns) at soldering/desoldering and DIY in general (the "2 left hands" syndrome) and I managed it anyway.

Thanks again Akira for this excellent tutorial.
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Old 28 November 2019, 15:36   #66
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Just a hint: in the past I replaced like three CD32 drives which were working fine very shortly. Ultimately when I replaced CD32's external PSU all of them began to work flawlessly...
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