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Old 09-26-2017, 01:46 AM
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Almost like clockwork, a complete system appears on ebay.
The price is a the photos help to shed a tiny amount of additional information on the controller:

-The front panel of the controller is quite basic. The remote is not much better, but I wasn't expecting such things as direct frame access or jogging. Perhaps a "hidden feature"?
-The controller also goes by the name "Autochanger Commander". This currently results in several hits for other auctions for controllers not compatible with this unit.
-The controller has Channel 3/4 RF in and out
-The controller supports a "billbox" presumably the devices that accepts money to operate it if necessary. It can be turned off.
-The controller has a control line for the amplifier and its pitch and tone bending abilities.
-There is composite and stereo RCA outputs.
-The controller has the ability to control UP TO FOUR LC-V300 AUTOCHANGERS. IF you were insane enough to have four of them, that means you could cram a library of 288 double sided laserdiscs into your home theater/karaoke bar and never need to touch them.
I'm glad that popped up for you.They got high hopes with that price unless somebody desperate for a system.
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Old 07-24-2018, 09:52 PM
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Good news!
A CO-V50 surfaced in Guam for the low price of $8.50 CDN, plus shipping (which was not that bad, suprisingly) -
This is the Japanese version of the Autochanger Commander and supports two autochangers. There is good reason to believe it will support the North American unit at the protocol level which is what I'm ultimately after.
It should arrive in a few weeks.

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Old 08-11-2018, 09:29 PM
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At last! It's here!

A bit of translating will be necessary but it's as I suspected inside: Ignoring the green PCB which is mainly handling audio and video there is a fairly normal power supply and a PCB that contained a microcontroller and an EPROM. Otherwise it's pretty empty inside and rather lightweight. Hookups on the back are for the audio effects mixer and optional coin acceptor.

I had a hunch that it would work no problem with these two seemingly North American autochangers and sure enough, plug them in and press the power button you get lights and the MAKE A SELECTION light blinks.

Curiously though if you make a selection and try to proceed it does nothing. Some of the clear plastic inserts on the buttons have fallen out and may be jamming the buttons. The front will have to be removed so they can be reglued.

Unfortunately both autochangers have problems. Errors are indicated by a set of LED's inside the front cover. There's a guide on the cover indicating what the errors are and how to enter a simple service/test mode. One machine is complaining about no 24v. There's a fuse on the PSU that's melted so presumably there was an overload and it gracefully opened.

The other one is a bit more interesting. You power it up and it immediately faults because the disc clamp in the player timed out. The test mode lets me manually actuate it and while it runs it's REALLY noisy. May need a bit of oil but my assumption is there's a bad switch somewhere. Edited: Nope. MAnual mode also tests the sensor and it's good, so it must of been stuck.

Edited: Hmm. perhaps it's got a tiny amount of memory that retains the last fault and shuts the unit down until it's cleared? Once the fuse was replaced and 24v was found to be good it still complained it was bad. Replaced the power supply with the one from the other and the fault did not move. Put the cabinets in manual control and didn't see any issues.

Edited Edited: Right, so the commander responds to the following key sequence [DISC NUMBER; DISC SIDE; CHAPTER NUMBER]
So now I can get the commander to move to a disc and load it but playback is still weird. On one cabinet it will spin one side (and abort as soon as it's up to speed) but not the other. The other machine simply loads the disc and then does nothing. More research is required. Perhaps a cleaning?

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Old 08-13-2018, 11:56 AM
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I still have no answers, but I love that setup so much that I can't breathe.
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Old 08-13-2018, 02:37 PM
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I still have no answers, but I love that setup so much that I can't breathe.
No kidding! With a BT modulator hooked up, a library of good movies and the right mods that could be its own autonomous TV station.
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Old 09-15-2018, 11:46 PM
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The service documentation seems to indicate that the autochangers store their last reported errors internally. Resetting that memory must be performed before putting the units back into service by opening the door, holding the up and down buttons at once and powering the system on. When the indicator lamp blinks you close the door and the autochanger reinitializes.

With that fixed I figured out why I could not get both autochangers to work when connected. The service documentation indicates that changer 1 addresses discs from 01 to 72 and changer 2 from 201 to 272. As it turns out I only got the second unit responding then I used the range 301 to 372. The service documentation also mentions a "wired remote jig" that takes the place of the autochanger commander and allows for manual control of basic and enhanced player functions like play, stop, side, chapter select, frame search, fast forward.... I did not however find a depiction of this wired test tool or a part number but this is MUCH more promising than being stuck with the commander.

I am still unable to get either player to play a disc. I have however learned that the "BGV" mode when enabled reserves slots 71 and 72 in the first autochanger and supposedly plays whatever disc is in there when the system is idle.
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