Neither CDs nor DVDs will insert into the player to be read
Placing a CD or DVD into the slot does not activate the retracting mechanism to pull the disc completely into the player. With the disc 2/3rds inserted, it feels like the disc hits an obstruction preventing further entry. I can hear the internal mechanism cycling when I press the eject button but the obstruction is still there. Sometimes when I wiggle the disc just so while pressing lightly, it will slide in and be read by the computer. The ejection mechanism ejects the disc without a problem. I have not had any read/write issues with the player once the disc is accepted into the computer.
Re: Neither CDs nor DVDs will insert into the player to...
It sounds like there is aother disc stuck in the CD player. while unplugged from electrical source, open up the cover and see if there is anything in it's way. You might think there is nothing inside, but perhaps someone was there before you!
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most sony CD and DVD players have a digital signature design to play CDs and DVDs that are original and licensed. some CDs or DVDs dont work since the player does not recognize or scan any digital signature embedded in the CD or a DVD. 2nd, lens problem causes most players not to read CDs nor DVDs. you can try to buy CD or DVD lens cleaners to have your lens cleaned.
If both cd's and dvd's are not recognized then a common solution is to get a lens cleaning disc. A cd player has 2 lasers one for dvd and one for cd, therefore if it fails to read on both then it's not the laser power level it's normaly the lens but can also on the occasion be the sled drive mechanism for the laser. So in short the easiest fix to try first is to run a lens cleaning cd, these can be hired from most video stores.
Cheers and good luck
If the lens is clean (clean with cotton swab and alcohol), then the optics are failing. DVDs require more power and accuracy to be read than CDs. The ability to read CDs but not DVDs is usually a good indication that the optics are starting to fail.
Try some factory CD and DVDs and just try to get them to open in Windows (not play in a media player program). If you get errors on every disc you try, it may be your CD/DVD hardware packing in.
If it reads some CDs or DVDs and not others, particularly media discs, you may be having software driver problems, otherwise, it is likely hardware.
Try inserting the disc and spinning it up while resting the laptop on its side, or even upside down. If it reads sideways or upside down, the CD/DVD reader hardware has gone and cannot probably be prepared (this is a symptom of physical controller failure and is ot fixable by normal means).
Chances are, your DVD player uses one laser to read CDs, and a different laser to read DVDs (since Cds and DVDs are read at different wavelenghts of light). If the DVDs you're trying to watch work properly in other DVD players, it probably means that the DVD laser is dirty, damaged, or burned out. Though you can try cleaning the laser (use Google for suggestions on how to do this, or check the Audiovox website), you will most likely have to get the DVD player repaired, or buy a replacement.
Many of the newer CD/DVD players sold today use a single combination laser, which reads both CDs and DVDs, which means that when the laser fails, it will not work at all. Wish I had better news for you, but I guess that the only consolation you have is that your Audivox player still works with CDs...