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the input source you have selected is not working. If digital it might be a copy guarded source which the deck cannot read...
If you get fancier and are trying to record the optical output from a newer device like a 5.1 or 7.1 receiver although the signal will go through the MD deck cannot decode the advanced optical signal. There are adaptor boxes on eBay which decode 5.1 & 7.1 optical signals to an optical signal the older MD can read and record from.
Try selecting another source like analog RCA. The digital stuff I mentioned applies to digital RCA and Optical Cables like toslink.
DIN unlock is related to a digital clock being missing so the unit is looking for a digital input of some kind. Since your laptop is putting out analog change the MD input to analog and of course use the correct inputs. A 1/8" or 3.5mm audio cable may fit into an optical port but it will never work in that way.
By 'Unlock din', do you mean unlock the region the recorder uses, unlock the din input or unlock the tray or what? When recording and you see 'unlocked', it means the DIGITAL signal you are trying to record is unclear or missing. If you are trying to record a signal from another region disc, it will not copy. Add a little detail.
Several problems here, Overall the deck is not getting a signal from the input, so you need your input selector set to one which is active... However, in some cases a copyguard system will prevent your recording from a second generation digital copy and depending on your deck give the DIN unlock statement. In other rare instances the deck cannot handle the conversion rate from a DAT, in others if your are trying to record from a Dolby Surround sound source on an optical input, the older MD deck cannot decode Dolby 5.1 or 7.1 even when it is getting the digital signal, in that instance you need to get a digital convesion box on ebay which kicks down the 5.1 or 7.1 dolby to something the older MD deck can understand even though it is getting the optical signal. I hope I addressed all of the options...
You probably have selected an recording input which was not connected to a source, you may have a cracked optical cable, on some other machines the digital copy management system gives this error from an attempt to record a third generation digital copy. You also may have a digital source such as Dolby 5.1 or 7.1 the older MD deck cannot read in that event you would need to get digital conversion box to kick down 5,1 or 7.1 to something the deck can undestand. If you were recording from a TV some allow you to reset the audio output to something the deck can understand from Dolby 5.1 etc.
You must have the unit switched to "DIGITAL" input - switch it to "ANALOG" and record that way. The "DIN UNLOCK" is when you have the lack of a proper digital signal, or a digital signal with copy protection, like you cannot make a digital copy of a digital Minidisc, etc...Does that make sense? Let me know if the "Analog" setting works for you. Good luck.