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My CD recorder plays alright, but will not record, and shows OPC error. Also the top of the machine becomes quite hot after 30 minutes of turning it on.

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  • jim thon Feb 09, 2008

    I put an audio disc and the screen says no disc or error opc. when it does show it has initialized it will show it is recording but after session it will show 000 time. will not finalize. i've tried three makes of audio and the results is the same. I've use disk to cleaned laser lens and blew it out with canned air. no help.

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Your laser is on it's way out. You can try some service diagnostics but it's likely you need a new laser.

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