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Hi, It does not matter what kind of DVD or CD  I use, I  always get the message "No disc". Has someone else had this problem? Totte Hello, Yes, Mini Me, I have the same problem. Even though my Pioneer has recorded hundreds of discs, mostly sports and movies, I've had only 2 or 3 discs/recordings that were defective or unfixable. Then a couple of months ago it started...sometimes I'd put in a pre-recorded dvd such as the new colorized "It's a Wonderful Life", which my Pioneer wouldn't read and show. I tried other movies and personally recorded discs with similar frustrating results. Recording, too, is a problem. I'm trying to add one program to an already recorded disc and the "No Disc" message on the unit with the "Incompatible Disc or Can't read Disc" error messages popping up. Often an unrecorded disc is placed in and I have to try 3 or 4 times to have the machine read the disc. Sometimes I can then record to it but now must finalize the disc immediately on finishing recording or risk adding this disc to the growing pile of unfinalized discs that the machine won't read. My belief is that the laser is either wearing out or needing to be professionally cleaned for both of us. I understand and feel your frustrations. This was not an inexpensive unit. Any other opinions regarding my problems are welcomed and appreciated. Thanks, Bob

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Your lens needs to be replaced.

Posted on Jan 27, 2008

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