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Recorded finalized CD's will not play on standard CD player

After a couple of years using this machine without problems, the last two disks I recorded and finalized will not play on a standard player.  Any ideas?

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Are you using the same brand of discs you used to? Do they palyback on the machine in both the record and the playback deck? Do your old cdr's you recorded still play in the standard cd player? You can try the diagnostics - hold down the 'play' and 'fwd' keys on the record side as you power it on.

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