Time to move on, junk the 777. Repairs, if they work, are just too expensive. Sony typically charges about %400 to make the change. Best to consider a new Oppo.
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Have replaced a few in AudioAero Capitale SACD players - pretty straight forward once I figured out how to do it.
Sony KHS180A Laser
Above a link to a new one, pretty pricy but shipping form Germany
And heres a used one, I find the wording in the ad funny - When you find it is faulty - in place of - if :-) however he has sold a few of them
Used Sony Laser Pickup
Best of Luck
That's unfortunate :/
Like a the previous poster said, there are some options and if you eBay KHS-180A there will be a used and a new version for $180 and $350 respectively (yes, very pricey).
There is also another thread on audiogon with some good info
and a DIY approach on diyaudio forum. If you google "Sony 777ES laser" it will be in the top two results.
I've been looking to get an SCD-777ES but they are still quite pricey and the more research I have done the more worried I became about it's laser.
I think the player is awesome, and the engineering is amazing and I would love to have one.
I am even considering buying one that has a laser issue and trying to repair it myself. Anyone? hehe