I've had this on going issue where CDs are starting to skip on playback. Manifests as a brief 3-4 second pause. This occurs on both CDs and CD-Rs - there is no consistent pattern; the skips occur at different spots on the CD at different times. At times it is frequent and irritating enough to stop play; other times it may occur only once (or even not at all). It seems to occur more when unit is first powered on, although this isn't always the case. Coule this be an issue of laser alignment? Is it a reasonable fix? Or, should I start looking for another unit?
Hi, the most probable cause for this is the lasers light output falling off as it ages. Sometimes you can temporarly improve this by cleaning the laser lens with some alcohol. However the only real solution is to replace the laser.
If you are confident taking stuff apart you may be able to do this yourself. Almost all modern laser assemblies come fully calibrated so all you need to do is take the old on out and fit the new one.
The lasers often have the part number on the side of them. You can get spares from CPC in the UK. But a search for the part number should find you a spares supplier wherever you are.
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All ways start with easiest step which is cd cleaning disc (has some bristles sticking out of it). If still have issues remove top cover to get access to the read eye and clean with qtip using no chemicals. The last issue that could be causing this is the rubber discs that hold the cd in place, they also need to be cleaned with some alchol. If none of that works then its not worth any other efforts as cd players are very cheap now days just replace it.
At some time in its life, the laser that reads the CD starts to get too weak to operate reliably. That's probably what's happening here. Unlike mechanical parts that can be inspected for wear, electronic parts tend to work fine one day, then the next, poof. The laser assembly is replaceable if you can locate the part and find someone to install it. An electronic service shop could give an estimate for repair. If you can provide the full model number, I'll see if I can find the part number.
Can you name the make and model? Maybe we can find a manual. I find a lot of them at retrevo.com. Just register for free and download whatever they have.
I think you have the 4 second thing backward.
Most CD Recorders will interpret a 4-second silence while recording as the end of a given track and will stop or pause. Some can can be set to leave a blank of 4 seconds between tracks (or not) when manually starting a new track. That can really be a problem on continuous recordings like live music or some classical material where brief silences occur routinely.
On my Pioneer PDR-509 there is a "Track No. Auto/Manual" selection that allows me to write a track manually whenever I want to. This is good for live or segued musical selections and doesn't require a stop/start of the recording. Of course, any time you pause or stop the track number will be incremented.
I can't really speak to the TOC errors. The fault could be with a) your machine, b) the media or c) the playback machine. The TOC is automatically created when you Finalize the disc. My machine takes 4 minutes to write it.
Little-known fact: a CD that is not finalized will not read/play on a CD player but a DVD player might play it from start to finish just fine, but without the ability to skip around because of the missing TOC. Nice to know if you mess up an original irreplaceable CD recording by not finalizing it and need to copy it over.
I had that happen before, one problem was my car had bad shocks or i hit a pothole in the road. The second time i had the volume up so loud the bass wass thumping the floor and it skips the CD. My question is, how lowd is the thign turned up? :P
Some CD players load the data into a memory and then it plays from the memory till it needs more info. It maybe that the unit is not stable or the CD is not balanced right so it cant read the info at a consistant speed. The music maybe playing faster then it can read because of the vibrations. Is the disk clean? i know this may sound dumb but it is easy to over look. If the surface of the data side is so scratched up it may have problems reading the data quickly enough. Sometimes the coating can fall of the disk if you hold it in the light you can sometimes see spots threw the disk where the foil has been chipped off.
The CD player could have a focus problem also, it could be damaged in shipping or have been dropped and it cant focus properly on the data. Do you have any other disks to try? a new one? one you never play?