Question about Sony Vintage Mds-101 Compact Chassis Mini Disc Player Recorder Powers Up

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Any disc inserted just gets ejected

These MDs play fine on my working device. The panel says "Reading TOC" and switches to "Ejecting"

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Leave the machine on for a few hours and try it again. I had the same problem and this somehow solved it.

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Either the loading is not completing of the mechanism or the laser pickup lens is dirty.

Posted on Jan 29, 2013

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    Paul Schanbacher Oct 13, 2013

    I have a MDS 101 that i stored away for a couple of years and it was doing the same thing. I left it on for a few hours and came back and it worked fine. I probably tried it 50 times before I walked away.

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SOURCE: I have two rack mountable

I have repaired a number of these over the years, the main problem is usually the loading mechanism or the optics. Neither is cheap. Where are you located?

Dan

Posted on Feb 17, 2009

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SOURCE: Spontaneous MD erasure

Well, depending how the content was recorded, there may be a slim chance to recover the audio. To me it looks like TOC was not written successfully, effectively deleting the TOC.
You can try TOC cloning with this 'blank' MD using another MD player, but your track markers will be lost during the cloning. If it works, at best you will end up with ONE long track. Then you can edit and reset your track markers.

It may be also be a good idea, to try the JE440 carefully with junk content to make sure it still works ok when writing TOC. You may have an intermittent problem too. I'd be very careful editing MD in this unit until it has been confirmed the TOC writing works ok. You may want to check the over-write head assembly and the cable that connects it. Sometimes these cables develop hairline cracks causing intermittend write action.

Check out www.minidisc.org forum for TOC cloning.

Good luck recovering your audio.

Posted on Mar 18, 2009

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SOURCE: MDS-JE470 mini-disc capstan motor will not rotate disc and ejects

I have not had your problem myself, however, I am pretty sure the disc/s you are trying to play are not in the same readable format your MD player is, hence, the ejecting. I think you might have to either connect your player to a computer and re-initialise the system format/s and/or you may just have to (annoyingly) replace all of the MiniDiscs you have - which is not the best/rewarding way to go... quite irritating actually !!
Good luck to you though !!

Posted on Mar 25, 2009

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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: Sony MDS-JE480...Inserting disc..C13 error READ

The c13 error means that the player is unable to read the table of contents (TOC) on discs any more.If it's an occasional error then you can try switching to TDK blanks as they seem to be easier for flaky players to read, but if it's happening regularly to all discs then your machine is unrepairable due to a total lack of spare parts.

On the plus side, there are millions of MD units now lying unused as folks have moved on from them and as they're mostly worthless people don't generally bother with trying to sell them. Almost every piece of MD gear I own has come free of charge via my local FreeCycle and Freegle groups. Whatever you do, don't buy a used player from anyone: they're all getting on now and the TOC error is an age-related fault which may occur at any time.

If you wish to see exactly what features other machines have then visit the superb equipment browser at minidisc.org. The site is hosted but n longer maintained though so some information is out of date, but it's still the most comprehensive source of free information about MD available.

Sorry here's probably no hope for your MDS-JE480, but I hope that my reply has given you a practical alternative means of solving your problem.

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