Question about Sony MDS-E12 Mini Disc Player
Hi, hope someone can help as I my unit is rendered useless . I was skipping through some song compilation discs and on the 3rd one I was to tr.15. I turned the knob again checking for more tracks and it still displayed 15, being the last track. I ejected the disc, and noticed the red 'over' still displayed in the lower right, - which normally isn't there when there's no disc inserted.Not concerned I continued to my next untitled disc. It displayed 'TOC' , for awhile, then ejected the disc displaying ' Read Error'. I reinserted about 10 different discs, unplugged & restarted unit , still the same results, always the red 'over' displayed. I suspect the constant 'over' signal is the culprit - a 'memory function glitch' keeping it stuck in 'over' mode, (perhaps created when I turned the track knob after last tr.?). Is there a way, (a sequence of commands), to reverse/undo whatever is not allowing it to read discs ? Thanks Kermit
SOURCE: Spontaneous MD erasure
Well, depending how the content was recorded, there may be a slim chance to recover the audio. To me it looks like TOC was not written successfully, effectively deleting the TOC.
You can try TOC cloning with this 'blank' MD using another MD player, but your track markers will be lost during the cloning. If it works, at best you will end up with ONE long track. Then you can edit and reset your track markers.
It may be also be a good idea, to try the JE440 carefully with junk content to make sure it still works ok when writing TOC. You may have an intermittent problem too. I'd be very careful editing MD in this unit until it has been confirmed the TOC writing works ok. You may want to check the over-write head assembly and the cable that connects it. Sometimes these cables develop hairline cracks causing intermittend write action.
Check out www.minidisc.org forum for TOC cloning.
Good luck recovering your audio.
Posted on Mar 18, 2009
I have not had your problem myself, however, I am pretty sure the disc/s you are trying to play are not in the same readable format your MD player is, hence, the ejecting. I think you might have to either connect your player to a computer and re-initialise the system format/s and/or you may just have to (annoyingly) replace all of the MiniDiscs you have - which is not the best/rewarding way to go... quite irritating actually !!
Good luck to you though !!
Posted on Mar 25, 2009
SOURCE: MDS-JE480 MiniDisc Deck
The problem with the TOC reading and then appearing C13 is a problem with bad electrical contacts.
Remove the connection to the mains outlet, remove the top cover (5screws) and the remove the 2 paper flatcables that connect the main PCB and the disk unit on both sides. Plug them back in and possible your problem is solved.
A better solution is, of coarse, to replace both cables by new ones, as the quality is rather bad, and once disconnected, they should be replaced.
Posted on Jun 22, 2009
c13 error means that the player is unable to read the table of contents
(TOC) on discs any more.If it's an occasional error then you can try
switching to TDK blanks as they seem to be easier for flaky players to
read, but if it's happening regularly to all discs then your machine is
unrepairable due to a total lack of spare parts.
On the plus side, there are millions of MD units now lying unused as folks have moved on from them and as they're mostly worthless people don't generally bother with trying to sell them. Almost every piece of MD gear I own has come free of charge via my local FreeCycle and Freegle groups. Whatever you do, don't buy a used player from anyone: they're all getting on now and the TOC error is an age-related fault which may occur at any time.
If you wish to see exactly what features other machines have then visit the superb equipment browser at minidisc.org. The site is hosted but n longer maintained though so some information is out of date, but it's still the most comprehensive source of free information about MD available.
Sorry here's probably no hope for your MDS-JE480, but I hope that my reply has given you a practical alternative means of solving your problem.
Posted on Oct 07, 2010
SOURCE: MDS JE520 Disc stuck in unit
the C13 is a mechanism error. The TOC means Table of Contents which is the part of the disk that determines the beginning of each track. These units are somewhat delicate and not really DIY repair candidates. Parts are still available for these. Look for either an authorized Sony service center or at least a shop that has worked on these in the past for repair assistance. The loading mechanism may need to be repaired or replaced.
Posted on Feb 03, 2011
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