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Philips FWC788/Disk Not Finalized Error Message!

Hello! I have had this sysytem for about 2 years. I am listening to the CD player today and all of a sudden when I change the CD, I get the message "Disk Not Finalized for every Cd I insert. Even brand new ones. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2008

    My cds dont play getting the same error message "disk not finalized"-used disk cleaner but still getting same error message not able to play disc cleaner cd.

    Thanks, Patt



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The laser lens in your player might be dirty or failing. Try the following solutions: Clean the laser lens with a DVD player lense cleaning disc. Lense cleaning discs are available at many electronics retail store. Sorry i can't help you more.

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