Over the weekend my friend and I were playing some epic RoadRash on my classic Panasonic 3DO console. A few minutes in we noticed that some of the textures weren’t loading. Then, all of a sudden, the machine froze and then ejected the disc. Afterwards, it wouldn’t play any games but it would boot fine and the CD tray would open and close like normal. I tried using a CD lens cleaner but it wouldn’t play that either.
So I did what any of you would do: I TOOK IT APART AND FIXED IT.
To make this easier on myself, I set the system up on my desk and then set my GameCube-with-built-on-LCD-screen next to it. I disconnected video from the GameCube and hooked the screen up to the 3DO. I thought this looked pretty freaking awesome so I began taking pictures.
Once I had everything set up where I could start to disassemble the 3DO and then easily test it out on the little GameCube-mounted LCD screen, I took off the top piece by removing four annoying screws on the bottom.
Next up was this gigantic metallic shield coving the CD drive.
I popped it off fairly easily and then had a clean view of the CD tray and lens. Cleaned the lens and tested again, but no luck.
Every time I’d test, I could tell that the lens’s sliding housing wasn’t moving along its rails. I used a flathead screw driver to loosen where it seemed to be jammed against one of the rails and it came free, letting me slide it back and forth with ease. I cleaned the railing as best I could, but I’ll likely have to go back in with a touch of WD-40 at some point.
I hooked everything back up and dropped a game in and guess what! It worked!
Mission Accomplished. Oh- and what was the game I tested it with?