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Beocord 5500 won't power up

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Nick Heap
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Nick Heap posted on Sat, May 5 2012 3:37 PM

I have a B and O 5500 system with CD player and Phono and Tape player/recorder. The Radio/amplifier, CD player and Phono are working perfectly. The Beocord 5500 Tape is dead. It doesn't respond to the remote or the buttons on the recorder. The small red indicator light does not come on and a multitester across the live and neutral pins of the power plug shows infinite resistance.

I was wondering if there is an internal fuse somewhere in the recorder and that this has blown. I first noticed the problem after a storm with thunder and lightening.

Could this problem be as simple as a blown internal fuse? If so, how do I check and replace it?

Any help would be appreciated. We have had this lovely kit since 1986 and this is only the second problem we've had!

Nick

 

 

 

 

 

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tournedos
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There is indeed a fuse on the transformer primary side, and if it blows, the Beocord will appear dead as a doornail. Your test suggests that at least the fuse has blown. It can be accessed only by opening the lid. I assume you are in the UK, so in a 240V version it would be rated at 125 mA (T).

Instructions for opening the lid are probably printed on the bottom of the Beocord. Follow them - you should not remove the two screws completely, or you'll end up fishing for the nuts inside the deck.

I don't unfortunately remember where the fuse is physically, but it should be rather obvious near the power cord termination and the transformer. Most probably a common glass tube type. You might need to open the drawer slightly to get access (move it slowly so you don't snap the belt).

Lightning damage can be really difficult to repair, but as the rest of your kit is still working, there's a good chance the Beocord will be fine after simply replacing the fuse.

--mika

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Thanks very much. Can you advise me the best way to open the lid? I have loosened and lifted the screws and re-tightened them. I have moved one one side of the cabinet backwards by 2-3 mm. I don't quite know how but the other side seems stuck. I don't want to use force and cause damage. also, if I get in and the fuse has blown, where can I get a new fuse?

Best wishes,

Nick

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You probably just didn't get the screw to move up enough - the fixture is really hard to explain in words, but there's a lug on the other side where the screw attaches to, and you need to get it to rise enough so that it won't grab the bottom of the frame. Perhaps try without retightening the screw on the offending side, and just hold it up while you try to move the cover.

Any shop that carries electronic components should be able to help with the fuse. Take the old one with you for reference. Maplin and such will certainly have them.

--mika

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Wow this is a great site. I got some quick practical advice and have now replaced the fuse (with a bit of a struggle, it's very inaccessible. I had to wrap the new fuse with kitchen "grip tight" and use long-nosed pliers to get it in).

The result is my lovely Beocord 5500 is working again and it only cost me £1.38! Smile

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Good to hear it was the easy fix Smile

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hey guys.

i have exactly the same problem with my beocord 5500.

i am based in germany. the beocord was working fine, but then stopped suddenly. no power, no lights, nothing. i think the fuse must have blown. how do i find out, which fuse to buy to replace it? i have seen it after opening the lid... i am just scared to buy the wrong one, replace it and do more damage to the unit...

thank you in advance!

eric

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i forgot.

my power supply is as follows:

4931 220V

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goldxstein:

hey guys.

i have exactly the same problem with my beocord 5500.

i am based in germany. the beocord was working fine, but then stopped suddenly. no power, no lights, nothing. i think the fuse must have blown. how do i find out, which fuse to buy to replace it? i have seen it after opening the lid... i am just scared to buy the wrong one, replace it and do more damage to the unit...

thank you in advance!

eric

Take out the blown fuse, the amp and voltage size is stamped on the steel caps-

 

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I have the same problem with my 6500. Replaced the fuse and it blew the new fuse as soon as I plugged it back in.

Any ideas anyone

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cmsammy replied on Fri, Oct 14 2016 10:30 PM

The fuse in these has to be a time delay, not quick blow like I was using. All good now

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