Another fundraiser..

This fundraiser is multiple lots we have been offered for our museum, most of these are extremely early systems, and many contain unreleased games and history that would other wise be lost.

The goal for this is split into groups, we have awhile to sort this one and lots would be paid as funded. The total includes paypal fee's added and shipping costs included excluding taxes, we put 10% as we're often charged different rates depending on donators locations.
Goal
£4,800.00
Received
£445.36
Latest donor
Anonymous
9%
Custom LBP Developer PS3 containing multiple unreleased games, and multiple alpha builds.
£1,300.00
An early prototype PlayStation 3 dev Kit, in an early shell design which includes a disc filled with build(s? exact contents unknown)
£1,230.00
3x Prototype XBOX's, plus a boxed system believed to be used at E3. + Misc items to be added that are unknown.
£1,230.00
Misc Nintendo systems.
£500.00
The above prices doesn't include paypal fees, please see goal amount for total with 10% added for fee's we're charged.
£0.00
Expenses
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GC Panasonic Q: Any trusty EU based repair center/person?

Tchoin

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Hi folks, long time... I'm not very active in the hobby lately, other than the odd buying here and there, and organizing my shelves :D

I've been putting aside consoles I have in need of repair, among them 2 Panasonic Qs which I don't dare open up myself.

Both have tray issues, and one in addition has the front panel buttons screwed up with mixed commands (e.g. the "eject" button changes the "game/dvd" mode). I haven't been lucky finding any repair center/person in Ireland, so expanding now my horizons... but it is a scary endeavor to ship these beauties out for repair.

Any advice?
 

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The tray is "stuck" on both of them?
Probably a bad belt.
Belts in all sorts of players stretch and harden over time, it's a common issue with Laserdisc players for example.

No idea about the buttons issue though.

I have never had one of these unfortunately so I haven't pulled one apart, but I would give it a go if I was in your position. That's just me though, I don't find disassembling things that daunting really.
Sourcing new belts might seem difficult but it's just a matter of measuring existing belts and looking online for a size match, looking for an actual Q replacement belt would be harder than that I guess (I'm basing my assumption on experience with Laserdisc and VHS player belts. Also, I don't live in NA or EU).
 

Tchoin

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Hey, thanks for your reply, one of them is stuck, and the other comes out half-way through, sometimes all the way.

I'm aware that Panasonic Qs suffer from drive belt and drive tray rail issues (rails become brittle and brake). I have experience replacing drive belts on other systems (e.g. Twinsharp) but taking apart the Q is a whole other dimension afaik. The issue with the button mapping would also be beyond my ability.

I guess I might have to give it a try on the tray issue myself, maybe trying on the one with the screwed up button mapping which is the one in worst shape.
 

nold

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I've worked on one Q so far, replaced the whole drive with a 3d printed one, replaced belt & installed Qoob.

I'm also from Europe, so hit me with a PM if you want to have a chat.
 

Another fundraiser..

This fundraiser is multiple lots we have been offered for our museum, most of these are extremely early systems, and many contain unreleased games and history that would other wise be lost.

The goal for this is split into groups, we have awhile to sort this one and lots would be paid as funded. The total includes paypal fee's added and shipping costs included excluding taxes, we put 10% as we're often charged different rates depending on donators locations.
Goal
£4,800.00
Received
£445.36
Latest donor
Anonymous
9%
Custom LBP Developer PS3 containing multiple unreleased games, and multiple alpha builds.
£1,300.00
An early prototype PlayStation 3 dev Kit, in an early shell design which includes a disc filled with build(s? exact contents unknown)
£1,230.00
3x Prototype XBOX's, plus a boxed system believed to be used at E3. + Misc items to be added that are unknown.
£1,230.00
Misc Nintendo systems.
£500.00
The above prices doesn't include paypal fees, please see goal amount for total with 10% added for fee's we're charged.
£0.00
Expenses