I came here from google, looking for help with the VAD8041/01 Drive I have in my DVDR600VR/37 VCR/DVDR combo.
Philips says my warranty is up, even though I purchased it in February. They are refusing to cover me!
So, I decided to fix it myself, but I am finding that this drive is hard to remove.
The post Dagger38 made describes my problems with this drive IDENTICALLY. We ran the product just fine for four months, and then, it kicked the bucket. When you load a disc (CD, DVD, Cleaner, it doesn't matter) into the drive, you will hear a high picked 'revving' that pulsates, and then winds down. The display says that there is 'no disc'. When I tried to explain this to Philips support, both times I was spoken to as if this was just a dirty lens. Then I was accused of damaging the product myself. I have done nothing out of the ordinary as far as operating the machine.
I know you people probably can't help me fix this, as even if you gave me step-by-step instructions I would fail miserably, and the repair costs were quoted to me at $350, more than what I paid for my machine, and twice as much as a reasonable replacement.
I just wanted to jump on here and add that the problem DOES exist. It is a manufacturer's defect, and unfortunately, I got the raw end of the deal.