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Some of the decks when first plugged in or powering up need time to get started. I'd wait then press the on button and see if it then turns on.
I get this message on my JA50ES when it has been unplugged or the power went off. It will say standby then you have to push the on button and then it works. I also have this situation with an older Sony Blue Ray Player. My newer Blu Ray comes on fast the older one has a similar situation...
Other possibilities are 510 is just wearing out... The 510 was great but it is an older model. Old units are not worth fixing should this be the case go for a 600 MD Deck (later model) or consider one of the ES Decks. (higher end).
After you press the 'record' button the Minidisc unit is still in "pause mode" - you can hear the music and see the meters move, but notice that the time isn't moving until you press "Play" - then it will start recording. Is the time changing when you go to play it back? You might have left the MD in 'pause' perhaps?
I've never had this happen. I'd try another disc if it is OK it is probably the disc if not I fear the mechanism is getting worn out. Make certain your mechanism is clean I seldom use the cleaner discs but in this instance I would run it if the problem persists. Using the cleaning discs too often is not a good idea. I've used compressed air to blow out a hair from the mechanism which was messing with the laser in a similar cirsumstance.
You would have to use the Sony MiniDisc software to burn them as a standard CD. A better solution is to buy an actual stand-alone stereo "CD Recorder" and go from the MiniDisc player to the CD Recorder and it will record directly, including track marks if you make it a digital dub! Check into getting a Phillips audio CD recorder, and Sony still makes a stand alone CD recorder as well.
This is from my own experiance. I inadvertedly bent the cover of my deck and had the same error. The minidisc is blocked in the loading mechanism. Too much weight on top of the deck can bend the cover and the metal support which is above the loading sledge. The slider is then blocked. When you connect the power you can hear a motor trying to move for as short instant. Disconnect the deck from the power supply. Take of the cover and check if the support is bent. carefully bend it upwards, if so. Reconnect power and check if the deck powers up..
That's my solution which worked for me.
BTW I second Obertellis advice to find a MDS-JE780 (or MDS-JB980) they are the most complete decks ever made by Sony
Inserting blank spaces while recording to tape (Auto Space) The Auto Space Function inserts a 3-second blank space between each track while recording from MDs to tapes, allowing you to use the AMS function during later playback. Press A.SPACE repeatedly until “A.SPACE” appears in the display. To cancel Auto Space Press A.SPACE repeatedly until “A.SPACE” disappears. Note If the Auto Space Function is on while recording a selection containing multiple track numbers, (for example, a medley or symphony), blank spaces will be inserted within the selection whenever the track number changes.