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RCA - Dvd - Video Cd - Cd Mp3 Decoder : Model# - DRC220N Problem - When disk is inserted, it says "Reading Disk". Then says "Incompatible Disk", Then says "No Disk".

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Have you already tried to clean the laser pickup lens?

If not, then maybe you should try (there are youtube videos explaining it).

If the unit has been operating for a few years or so and if cleaning the lens doesn't solve anything, then the next most likely problem is the spindle motor which needs to be either cleaned (which is a bit difficult) or replaced (which is either less difficult than cleaning or entirely impossible). The other motor that can cause problems is the slide (laser pickup position) motor, but if the buildup of the disk mechanism makes it impossible to replace the motor(s), then unfortunately the only solution is to replace the entire disk mechanism.



Posted on Sep 29, 2009

Testimonial: "I found that if i opened the top and applied pressure to the top of the cd as its trying to be read by the laser it plays fine w/o being exposed 2radi"

  • 4L60B4R1UM Oct 01, 2009

    Hi, your testimonial suggests another possible cause and that is a loose flat cable connection either on the laser pickup assembly or the one that goes from the tray mechanism to the electronic circuit board (laser and data cables), possibly also on any of the other connectors that link the disk tray unit to the electronics (door motor, spindle motor and pickup slide motor cables - these are usually made with stacks of separate wires).

    Try to disconnect and reconnect these connectors at each side, one by one, and see if there's any improvement. Take care when you do it with the flat foil cables to avoid damaging them. Also, the flat cables usually have a lock mechanism on the connector to keep the cable in place. The connector is made of whitish plastic while the lock on it is of a brownish colour. There are two types of locks - the ones that need to be slided in the direction of the cable to release the cable and the ones that need to be lifted to a right angle from the cable to free the cable. I've mostly seen the latter type in the laptops so i think there will be the ones that slide to unlock in your unit (some types will have no locks so the flat cable is simply pulled out or pushed into the **** on the connector)..

    When you disconnect a flat foil cable, see if the bare contact tabs at the end of the cable have dark(ish) areas in the places where the connector pins touch them when the cable is locked in place. If there are any darkened spots on these tabs, they need to be cleaned gently with a sharp tool, a pointed scalpel for example (don't scrap them hard, just so that the dark areas are shiny again). The darkened areas are oxydized and are therefore a possible loose connection point on a flat foil cable which might be causing unit malfunction.

    Also check the motor connectors on the tray unit, they are usually a thru-hole connectors soldered to a piece of curcuit board - see if any of the connector pins are loosely soldered to the board and resolder them if necessary.

    Thanks for your testimonial.





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