Thats Why you will see a lot of people here recommend you take it to a
qualified Service Center.
If you dont know or feel confident in what you are doing, you could wind up
spending more money and time on it than would have been done if it were
given to a qualified Service Center.
If you dont mind being at the Mercy of those who have the Time to help you
in every problem of the Repair Here - then I guess its ok. But theres only
so much anyone can do given they are not present to see the Actual item.
The bottom line is I have not used this machine in a couple years & was
planning to attempt selling it when I discovered it was no longer
operational. Given that dirt cheap cd-r recording has pretty much pulled
the rug out from under the utility of recording music on cassettes, the
machine is almost certainly not worth paying to repair, regardless of its
initial high quality. It may not sound much like it from these particular
posts, but I actually have a fair amateur background in electronics,
including training in a vocational high school program & technical college
years ago. Emphasis on the phrase "years ago" (late '70's). I also have a
fair bit of equipment, including 2 oscilloscopes. I have successfully
repaired many, many items over the years & have built quite a few more from
the schematic up. I don't do this because I'm cheap, nor to take bread out
of the mouths of anyone doing such work for a living, but rather because I
enjoy it. Consider me in the spirit of the "tinkerer" whose demise was
lamented in the recent Electronics/Radio Shack/Future thread. I found that
thread quite nostalgic, I did all that stuff, built Heathkits, etched my own
pc boards, ripped apart TV's etc for parts which I then carefully sorted &
stored away for future projects, subscribed to Pop Tronics, on & on. But
I'm afraid I'm a bit rusty. If this were my 3 year old plasma TV (which I
don't actually own, but just for purposes of illustration) of course I would
pay to have it repaired. I'm not looking for any guarantees, just some
suggestions. Failing that, I'll probably order a repair manual from the
site Alan was kind enough to point out.