My CDX-M8800 was working just fine but now it won't read CD-R discs.
Whenever I insert a CD-R mp3 disc, it says "READ" for a while, then it shows "ERROR" and ejects the disc. I thought it was dirty because, if I keep on inserting the disc back again, SOMETIMES it reads just fine. Once it reads, I can play the whole disc with no problems, but if I turn my car off or if I switch to Tuner, the problem starts again as soon as I try playing the CD again. It usually takes A LOT of retries to get the cd player to read the mp3 disc.
I tried a lens cleaner (the CD that has a small brush on it). It was then that I noticed the problem is with CD-R's (not sure if ALL CD-R's or just data/mp3 CD-R's), as when I inserted the lens cleaner CD, it played perfectly and instantly every time.
I would really appreciate some help with this, as I really love my cd player and I would rather not change it.
I was going to sugest switching brands of blank cdrs but you say ones that were working fine are now not ...so the problem is with the stereo not the cds.
did you try a lens cleaner the eye may be dirty ..or possibly going bad.. Hey does it read regular bought disks ok???
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The error 4 in most Sony stereos is an error that comes up when the laser pickup doesn't read the disc correctly. This happens most of the time because of a dirty lens in the laser pickup. If anyone smokes in the vehicle the smoke may be on the lens causing the error code. Try a wet type CD cleaning disc to see if it helps.
THere are a number of problems that can cause a disc read error. The lens can be damaged or very dirty. The motor that moves the les could be stuck or damaged. The disc could be dirty or scratched. Or the disc format might not be able to be read by the player. Do you try more than one disc? Are you trying different types of discs? like store boght discs and recordable discs. Some players wont read mp3 or cd-rw discs.
The optic inside the CD player may be dirty or damp, this is the part that reads the data from the cd, you can try cd cleaning discs or you may have get an engineer to open it and clean it with an alcohol swab. The optic could also be faulty which will be cheaper to buy a new cd player.
This is a failing optical lens assembly. it will need to be replaced soon. try cleaning the laser with a cleaning disk. this may fix it for a short time but, you will eventually need to repair the entire assembly soon.
Have you tried cleaning the unit with a "Laser Lens Cleaner?" one that uses fluid? Mp3 is a fickle format and your deck may be having issues reading it. Try running a cleaner thru it. Secondly, when you burn discs, make sure you finalize it by making it "compatable for all player types" Hope this helps
The discs were not "finalized" or "closed" - place the cd's back on your computer cd-rom drive and search the help file of your CD burning software and search for "closing disc" or "finalizing disc." Some programs will allow you to close or finalize after you have already burned them, but others (Sony SoundForge is one exmaple) will not allow it - you may have to re-burn the discs and select the option that says "close disc after finishing" (this option is usually left unchecked by default, because closing or finalizing a disc prevents you from adding any new information to the disc).