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Cdr20 drawer is jammed ERROR message

Drawer jammed when CD was loading into CDR20 on A side when making a recording. Likely CD was not seated flat in drawer. After removal of CD the drawer was manually pressed shut. Next time open drawer button was pushed display toggled back and forth between open and shut and then ERROR message came on. Drawer does not open up automatically at this point. After pressing open drawer button ERROR message comes on and drawer remains closed.

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  • jetrocket Jan 24, 2009

    I am on my 3rd harman-kardon CDR2 unit- and always the same problem arises; one of the cd doors eventually jam rendering the unit useless for me. I prefer stand alone units and HK reproduces well (sound quality-wise) but this damn flaw is so upsetting. Also stand alone cdrs are harder to find as they are being phased out of the industry.  Any suggestions on how to fix tray-jams?\

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Try taking the unit apart it mostlikly jamed or jumped track try re ajusting it that would prob work, another thing is to try messing with the gears that could aslo work

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Display for the Record DeckK, it means

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