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Will not read disc

Unit will not play a disc

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  • johnandsuz Jan 26, 2009

    We have the exact same problem. It makes a noise like an abrupt humm two or three times and says "no read." I took off the cover, cleaned the spindle, the laser and the thing that clamps the disc down. No luck. The noise is made when the laser contraption is moved up against the spindle. It makes this movement a couple of times, then says no read. I know this because I watched it's movement with the cover off. Is there anywhere you can buy commonly faulty parts for these things?

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When you get no disk error, that is usually because of a problem with the optical laser lens that is dirty, faulty or opaque, and will start operating on certain disks better than others.

In that case you will hear disk spinning, whirring and clicking, but the TOC (table of content track at start of CD/DVD will not be read, therefore the error.

Whe this problem is starting you may be able to read only CD, DVD or Blue ray, or for example only DVD-R and not +R , or only to read and not to write and so on. After more prolonged usage , often the unit goes losing the rest of functions, and ends up not reading anything at all.

If instead there is no noise, and disk does not spin at all , then there is a faulty motor, or the motor micro-switch is bad. This situation is far less common than the lens problem.

Try first using a CD/DVD or Blue ray lens cleaner disk to clean the lens. If that does not work you will need to disassemble the drive , and clean lens directly with q tips and isopropyl alcohol, or to replace the CD/DVD lens, or the whole drive unit.

To get parts try here.

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