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If your dvd/cd/disc player is skipping

If your DVD player, cd player or any console or unit that uses a compact disc begins to skip intermittently, please before wasting money on a disc cleaner or any sort of solution, try to clean the laser eye manually.
To do so, remove the cover of the device that’s you wish to clean, once you have done that, you may be able to locate the laser eye without any more dies-assembly, if not, dies-assemble the laser eye housing or what ever it is that’s restricting access, please make sure to note, either with a diagram or marking with a coloured marker what screw came from where and how to re-assemble the unit.
Once you have done that, simply clean the laser with a soft clean cue tip or a cotton bud, the style used to clean ears with. After wiping , check with a magnifying glass for any traces of dirt or grime.
Once satisfied with its appearance, put it all back together and if the discs now play easily and no skips are found, the problem was a dirty laser lens. Good Luck.

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when a cd is playing it skips back to beginning of cd & will not advance to next song or it skips the cd entirely & will not continue to play


unfortunately if your disc is clean and scratch free your laser will be weak and need replacing,, on that model cleaning the laser is a waste of time and money as its a sealed cabinet --check for flaws on your disc itself

Sep 01, 2010 | Sony CDP-CE335 5-Disc CD Changer

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I think my lens is weak, the cd has to be ejected and inserted a couple of times before it works


Like any system, Xbox consoles require occasional cleaning to remain in peak condition. If you're experiencing skipping, poor sound quality, increased loading time, or any number of technical annoyances, simply cleaning your Xbox lens may correct the problem. The lens is responsible for reading all the data on your Xbox game discs; it is the most important part of the entire system. Cleaning the lens takes only a few minutes with the right cleaning product and know-how.
Difficulty: Easy
Instructions
Things You'll Need:

* CD lens cleaning disc

1.Purchase a CD lens cleaning disc. It is important that you buy a lens cleaner for a CD player, not a DVD player. Classic Xbox consoles are not DVD compatible, but they can play CDs. Some lens cleaning discs are marketed specifically as Xbox 360 cleaners, but these may not work in an original Xbox if the disc is DVD-formatted.

2.Turn on your television and Xbox just like you normally would to play a video game.

3.Open your Xbox's disc drive, placing the lens cleaning disc in the drive face-up. A lens cleaning disc works by sweeping small brushes over the laser lens surface. These brushes are located on the bottom of the disc; be careful not to touch the brushes---the microfiber brushes are delicate and can become damaged easily.

4.Close the Xbox and let the machine power up; make sure your television's volume is turned on. Your Xbox should automatically take you to the system's standard CD player menu. If this does not happen, select the menu manually using your Xbox controller.

5.Begin playing the first track of the cleaning disc. Listen carefully, because audio directions will play indicating the steps necessary for properly using your cleaning disc. Each brand of lens cleaning disc will have different steps, but they are typically very simple, involving tasks like skipping ahead to different tracks or briefly putting the CD in fast forward mode. If you cannot hear the audio directions, consult the written instructions packaged with the disc.

6.Remove the cleaning CD after you've followed the audio directions---a typical cleaning cycle only takes a few minutes, and the audio directions will tell you when cleaning is complete.

7.Carefully place the lens cleaning disc back in its case, avoiding damaging the brushes on the bottom. Lens cleaners can be used multiple times, so plan on using the cleaning disc regularly to help avoid future problems with your Xbox console

Aug 19, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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I have a sony mini disc recorder walkman mz-n505, and it is skipping out in ten to twenty second intervals when traveling on my bike. It has never done this in the past, do you think it needs cleaned? It works fine when stationary at home.


Unfortunately this is usually the sign of a failing read/record head unit.

MD players don't work like CD players in that the disc is not constantly spinning and the head is not constantly reading. Instead, the disc spins up and the head reads enough information into memory to play; if there is an error in reading the info the head will make multiple attempts to retrieve the data until it's complete. normally this is highly successful and is why MD players are usually regarded as the best electro-mechanical music delivery system for runners, cyclists and any other moving application.

When the head mechanism wears out the errors increase and the head has to oversample frequently to get the data. Eventually it's doing this so often that it can't also cope with the additional requirements of being in a moving environment and runs out of data, causing skipping and black outs. At the moment your player is fine when stationary but you'll soon find that it will begin to skip even under those conditions.

MD head cleaners are available, but I stopped using them years ago as they are a waste of money. MD's themselves have protective covers which prevent the disc from getting dirty, this also means that they do not transfer dirt to the heads. MD units also do not open all the way like most CD units, so there is no opportunity to accidentally touch the heads. In practice, you'll only find an MD cleaner to be of potential use if you live in a very dusty environment. In most cases if the MD head has actually got dirty enough to need cleaning then an MD cleaner simply isn't man enough for the job.

Replacement heads are rarely available these days and even when they are they're a 'mare to replace. I'd suggest looking out for a free/cheap replacement player. FreeCycle often has free examples which I've sometimes found to be boxed and unused as MD wasn't everyone's cup of tea. This is great for the likes of us as it also means that there are plenty of cheap MD units around as well and also lots of free/cheap used discs (although not all can be erased and re-recorded on).

Oct 01, 2009 | Tascam Dp-02cf Digital 8-track Recorder

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Teac PD-1200 Compact Multi Disc Player


Hi

I think that we can get at least one of them going again :)
I suggest
  1. take the lids off both of them.
  2. load up some Cd's and close the drawer and watch what happens.
  3. does the disc begin to spin, is not, do you hear any noise as it tries to read each disc.
  4. can you kick start the CD when it first loads(clockwise direction)
  5. if not of these things happen, can you see if the transport loads the cd up off the tray.
While you are in there, with the front drawer open you should be able to see the laser lens. Use a cotton bud moistened with windex(glass cleaner) gently clean the lens in a circular motion and then also polish it with a dry one to be sure you have left no smears on the lens. Then.... try the unit again and see if the CD reads.
If you don't have any luck this far, please post back to me and we can try some other things. All this and you give me a FixYa... YAY :)

regards
robotek

Jul 04, 2008 | Teac CD-P1120 CD Player

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Magnavox DVD Video Player DVD609AT


DVD609AT:

The manual is available at Philips website, the number for more info in manual is out-of-date; the new number is 1-800-605-8610


This unit has a problem when playing dual-layer discs of some kinds - read the warnings on the Magnavox website - playing the wrong kind of disc will cause an error that will require svc/repalcement to fix

Playable Discs
This DVD Player will play Digital Video Discs (DVDs) and Audio CDs. In order to play a
DVD or Audio CD on this DVD Player, make sure the Disc meets the requirements for
Region Codes and Color Systems as described on this page. Also, the Discs should have
the following logos and should meet these standards.
• CD-ROM
• Compact Disc-Interactive
(CD-I)
• Compact Disc-Recordable
(CD-R)
• Digital Video Disc-Video
Recordable (DVD-VR)
• DVD-RAM
• DVD-ROM
• Super Audio CD (SACD)
• Photo CD
• Video CD
• Video Single Disc (VSD)
Digital
Video
Disc
12 cm
12 cm
Approx. 4 hours
(single-sided)
Approx. 8 hours
(double-sided)
Approx. 80 minutes
(single-sided)
Approx. 160 minutes
(double-sided)
20 minutes
8 cm
8 cm
(singles)
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Maximum
Disc Type Contents Playback Time
Sound
and
Pictures
Audio
CD
Disc Size
Sound
74 minutes
Disc
Segments
DVDs are
divided into Titles,
which are divided
into Chapters.
Titles and Chapters
are numbered.
Audio CDs are divided
into numbered Tracks, i.e.,
a track may be one song.


Unacceptable Discs
If you insert an unacceptable type of disc, “Please insert a playable disc” will appear on
the TV screen. Also, “- - - - - “ will appear on the DVD Player display panel. Insert a
DVD or Audio CD. The following Discs will not play on this DVD Player.

• CD-ROM
• Compact Disc-Interactive
(CD-I)
• Compact Disc-Recordable
(CD-R)
• Digital Video Disc-Video
Recordable (DVD-VR)
• DVD-RAM
• DVD-ROM
• Super Audio CD (SACD)
• Photo CD
• Video CD
• Video Single Disc (VSD)

May 28, 2008 | Philips Magnavox DVD/VCR Dual Player

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