Hello, I'm sort of new to the Assembler forums, but I've been checking in and out for a couple weeks now or so. For this site I am very grateful because from the information here I was able to fix my power supply for the V64. Which may or may not be a part of the problem.
A couple weeks ago I soldered an svideo cable to the power supply's inside. Before I was about to put it into my Doctor V64 I made sure to test it with a multimeter, once at home, once at my university's electrionic lab. From there on I was ready to go and kick some ass with my Doctor V64.
The problem starts here....
For the first few minutes I was excited because everything appeared the way it used to. The bios came up and I was able to scroll around the menu using the buttons on the unit. The problem was, it wouldn't recognize the cd. When I pressed the play button the unit just stalled, and say "time out" error.
After researching some more I remembered the v64 files needed to be burned it a special way, I burned a data cd using nero 5.5 with the settings seen in the attatched picture.
But alas, it did not fix anything, and I got the same error.
But as I was trying to figure out the problem, I noticed the drive was making a SOFT "clink" or "purdink" noise which nevers happens when I used both of these drives on the PC's. I began to wonder what was wrong with the drive. I think that the noise was caused by the laser bumping into the rotating center (motor), as if it were stuck. This bothered me.
-(small note: delayed time for ejecting the drive)
-(another small note: the bios seemed to run much slower while the drive was making this sound. When performing the V64 self test, the NTSC at the right hand corner of the screen would sometimes be missing the C, the or the SC.
[NT or NTS instead of NTSC])
(-latst note for now: as many of you may know, the v64 needs to be tightly shut in order to function properly which can become an annoyance!)
I opened and close the Doctor v64 unit about 50 times today, trying two different drives and different combinations. I even led myself to believe that two cd-rom drives had become broken and I spent an hour and a half anaylzing the insides of them taking apart almost every piece trying to figure out what the problem was. Only thing I noticed was that the bars used to slide the tray could have used a tad more lubricant. But, by far, nothing seriously wrong. I put them back together, and took them apart again and again, before I decided to test the drives on my PC to see if they would eject and play the cds.
The drives worked average to good in the PC just as they would normally do. Which dumfounded me even more. I double checked to make sure the IDE cable was attatched to the V64 and it was indeed. I took it out and put it back in again to make sure. Nothing I have tried has worked. :angry
can somebody with more knowledge on the subject of Doctor V64s please post what you think the problem may or may not be.
Doctor v64 NTSC: Bios v2.02
Drive 1: "Aopen" 52x CD Drive
Drive 2: "Samsung" 8x or around CD drive
Current Error Screen: Drive error or no disc
thank you all in advance! :)