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Yamaha Minidisc Player MDX-9 wont play discs, just spits um out

Our mini disc player wont play discs. When one is inserted it comes up with TOC Reading . . . . then two minutes later it spits it back out. Can you help??? Cheers guys

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SOURCE: MDS-JE480 MiniDisc Deck

Hello,
The problem with the TOC reading and then appearing C13 is a problem with bad electrical contacts.
Remove the connection to the mains outlet, remove the top cover (5screws) and the remove the 2 paper flatcables that connect the main PCB and the disk unit on both sides. Plug them back in and possible your problem is solved.
A better solution is, of coarse, to replace both cables by new ones, as the quality is rather bad, and once disconnected, they should be replaced.
Good luck!!!
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Posted on Jun 22, 2009

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SOURCE: md4 recorder mini disc. will only power up error 04

I have also the same problem with my MD8 recorder, the same error code: ERROR 04... From the yamaha website it says,
Error 04: The magnetic head didn't raise off of the disk.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010

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