Hi, mine can read DVD-s with no problem but as soon as I put a CD in it for some reason refuses to read it no matter what I have tried the troubleshhoter for help but with no luck please could you tell me where I have gone wrong or what the problem is???
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Re: Readable DVD's but not CD's
That is a faulty lens. The lens reads DVD and CD on different laser beam frequencies. To read the TOC initial track the lens must focus on the laser beam reflected by the disk.
If the lens is opaque, scratched or dirty, sometimes it can focus on DVD but not on CDs or the opposite.
Try using a cleaner disk, if that does not work buy a replacement drive. Today you can get a dual layer DVD RW for less than $30.
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'Will not read CD' This error can be caused by the CD, CD device, or the computer.
Check CD: clean off the cd and try again, does it work? Yes: fixed No: put the CD in a different device and see if the CD is readable. Yes: problem with the CD >create a copy on a new CD, check that it is readable, >put the CD back in the original device Can you read the CD now? Yes: all done No: check all connections and power Restart computer. Can you read CD now? Yes: all done No: problem in computer, connection or driver
This is a problem with several answers, however; for the most part, consider the Media that is inserted into the drive. If it is a COPY for example, the copy made on another computer may not line up correctly. The CD/DVD has magnetic lines that are true, very much like a phonograph record. If they do not line up correctly, they will not Read or Write. The other problem can be the Laser Head. If the reading head is misaligned, it too will have a problem reading data. The best way to get around the problem is to transfer the data from the CD/DVD media to a USB Flash drive, and go that route, or get an external USB CD/DVD for about 30 bucks at Wal Mart.
This model can not record. So you need to use a finalized disc - the listed spec is DVD-V (Region 1 or All). It also can't read DVD-ROM or DVD-RAM (trying this format can damage the unit).
If you have a DVD recorded on another machine and it isn't readable, check if the disc was finalized. Sometimes the brand of disc matters for playback of DVD-R or DVD+R discs. I've never found a rhyme or reason for some of these issues with one disc versus another.
Several possible causes
1. Laser read lens dirty - clean it
2. CD has become damaged & data cannot be read (does it read in other cd drives?)
3. Intermittent malfunction of laser read circuitry.
4. Process of elimination - if CD is readable on other drives, the problem is with DVD player. If cleaning does not solve the problem, the problem is DVD internal electronics.
It sounds like you are having issues with all DVD writable disks. From the specs I was able to find online about your DVD writer, DVD+RW discs may not be compatible with the the drive. Make sure you are using DVD-RW (note the minus instead of +). I think you might need to reinstall your DVD drivers. This should solve the issue.
Some models of PIONEER cd players had radio frequency problems that caused them to work on and off. Are you near any radio or braodcast towers? Poorly shielded power supplies cause this as well. A weak laser diode in the pick-up assembly in model runs could be the problem. You might want to Google the model number and see if this is common for these units.