Hi MD users,
Apologies if this information has been supplied elsewhere in the forum, I neeed so advice.
I have two Mini Disc player/recorders: MDS JE480 and MDS JE770, both have a similar fascia design. Both these MD decks have ejection problems.
The MDS JE480 is incapable of ejecting a MD at all even when inserting a cocktail stick through the front slot and assisting the disc to pop out.
The MDS JE770 fails on eject intermittently and when it fails can be encouraged to disgorge the disc by easing it out through the front slot during ‘eject’ mode. Of the two decks the JE770 mechanism sounds like it has the most wear. Inside both the mechanical disc carriers / readers seem identical.
During mechanical operation with the loading of a disc, once fully inserted the MD carrier lowers down onto the bed of the reader through the action of a metal bar which is pivoted near the front of the machine. For the MD to eject this pivoted bar has to raise the carrier up in line with the slot in the front panel. It is failing to do this that stops the MD from being ejected. You can tell this is so by turning the bar about the pivot, lifting it at the back following the activation of ‘eject mode’, whence the disc ejects easily.
It isn’t a lack of push from the disc carrier that forces the bar, and hence carrier, into alignment. It’s lack of lift at the bar and so on the carrier.
I can’t see from a direct examination of the playing mechanism how this bar pivots upwards to lift the carrier into alignment so more information would be welcomed. I didn’t want to take the mechanical carrier off the deck without getting some advice about what I was doing first.