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Old 11-29-2021, 01:43 PM   #1
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Default PS One (SCPH-101) disc reading issue

Hello folks,

I have an SCPH-101 console with a bit of a strange issue. The unit doesn't want to read discs. Now that in itself isn't all that strange as the lasers in these things often go bad. What is strange, however, is that when I take the laser assembly from this unit and put it in a known working console, it works just fine. Also, when I try the laser assembly from the working unit in this broken one, the disc spins and the laser moves up and down but doesn't really do much else.

One thing I noticed is that it doesn't want to read even audio CDs until I turn the impedance down on the laser pot. Then it will start to read them but with garbled audio. Turning the impedance down even more will get the audio CD to play just fine and it will sometimes even read the PlayStation discs. I also took some voltage measurements from the output of the laser pot (before adjusting the impedance) and it read the same as what I had gotten on the working unit. Obviously I don't really like adjusting those due to the possibility of damaging a perfectly good laser but this problem has me a bit stumped.

Any idea as to what might cause a laser to work on one unit but not another?

*edit* Forgot to include that I can get the unit to read audio CDs and PS1 games with the pot set at around 600ohms.

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Old 11-29-2021, 05:06 PM   #2
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turn the console upside-down and try it.
in the original playstations the surface that the laser moved on could wear down and make the laser drop.
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Default Re: PS One (SCPH-101) disc reading issue

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turn the console upside-down and try it.
in the original playstations the surface that the laser moved on could wear down and make the laser drop.
Interesting... I'd never would have thought on that.
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early lasers had hard plastic (not hard enough),
newer ones had a metal rail added.
i actually fixed one by putting a thin layer of epoxy on it!!!!!
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Old 12-04-2021, 02:54 PM   #5
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Default Re: PS One (SCPH-101) disc reading issue

i used to simply play an audio disc then it would load games . no idea why it worked but it did .
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