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Toshiba SD5000 ...get a constant flashing "load" message

Have unplugged unit and replied power in the past, and this has sometimes worked. Sometimes get a "bad CD" message, but unit will not play any CD anymore

Can I clean the lens and laser with CD cleaning fluid or isopropyl alcohol?

Where can I purchase a new laser light for this model?

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Often the laser can become blocked by dust hair or smoke accumulation .. you can take it apart and clean the lens with eye glass cleaning solution .. but be careful its really delicate (flexible mount) .. there is something else that you might want to try first .. at most appliance stores they have a cleaning disk (about $8 or you can sometimes find them for $2) .. this disk has a brush mounted across some tracks .. dont touch the brushes .. just insert the disk and it will automatically brush off any dust or hair .. it wont however remove smoke .. its usually worth a try and works about 70% of the time .. you can clean the lens periodically with that ..

if you clean the lens directly then dont spray anything on the lens .. spray on a lintless cloth, soft paper towel or qtip .. dont get spray down into the mechanism .

the lasers do go bad with time and are often replacable but the cost + labor is almost always greater than replacing the entire unit .. the "laser" is actually a complex optical system that both transmits light and receives light .. it also has an automatic alignment mechanism as part of the "laser" assembly .. you have to replace that entire thing as a unit .. you cant just replace the laser .. ..

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