Adjusting and Calibrating your Laser

General PSX CD Troubleshooting, PSX CD-ROM Mastering and Disc Creation
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Adjusting and Calibrating your Laser

Post by Shadow » April 6th, 2015, 11:27 pm

In order to adjust your PSX laser, you will need an oscilloscope. Preferably, an analog one. The digital ones just don't cut it. For the calibration test, make sure you use an original/official PlayStation 1 game. Just load it up and let the game run as normal.

Now, find the test point labeled "CL701". This is the RF eye pattern test point.
It is usually near the servo circuitry.
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This is the test point on a SCPH-7000 board.
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What you're looking for it a voltage ranged from 0.90mV to 1.35V.
Mind you that if you have a modchip and you load a copied CD-R, the voltage will appear lower than when you tested with an official PlayStation format CD-ROM.

You can see here, it is a little low.
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After turning the pot on the ribbon cable house on the CD-ROM mechanism itself, it started to increase in power.
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