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Toc error problem

I have a md-mt20. nowadays, it has started to show a message, says toc error. it plays the previously recorded discs. but when i try to record a new one, it works normal untill i want to eject the disc. at that time this message comes. it doesn't record anything on the disc. can it be a problem of software or hardware? what should i do? thanks.

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Are you sure the battery is correctly (fully) charged? Try removing the battery and running on (only) the charger.

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open the unit and check the laser position - it should be all the way to the left. that's where it should start to read the disk.

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