The B deck will not recognize a blank disc. It comes up with no disc message. It will recognize a pre-recorded cd. Obviously I cannot record with this problem. I have tried several different types of cds, with no luck.
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You are probably inserting blank computer discs, eg 650 or 700mb rather than blank music CD-R or CD RW`s which this machine is designed to work with. The correct discs are labelled "music audio" or 80 minutes. You can only use these types of discs. Why? When these recorders first came out, it was a way of battling piracey in copying discs. I believe there is a "hack" to enable this player to use blank computer discs.
Are you copying a disc you have previously recorded? SCMS will prevent this.
'No disc'on the CDR deck usually means the laser is faulty.Can you hear it spin the disc? When you open the tray has the disc been rotated? The sony's laser is usually reliable. Sony US may have a fixed price repair or you can have a look yourself. I have the service manual should you need it.