Hello have a fantastic all in one tape radio and CD player, only thing is CD starts skipping after awhile and the longer it's on the worse it seems to get!. Is there anyone in central london that I can take it to and get it repaired?. Many thanks Janice
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Clean your CDs before and after playing them. Although the compact disc has a much longer lifespan than does something like a cassette tape, it can be more fragile. Scratches, dust or other damage to the data side of the CD will cause many CD players to fail to read the CD or cause the CD to skip.
Examine the type and format of the compact disc if your CD player fails to read it. Verify that your CD player can read the type of CD and the files contained on it. Just because you've burned a collection of songs to a CD, for example, doesn't mean that your CD player will be able to recognize that information. You must burn CDs in a specially formatted "Audio CD" mode to play them on a CD player, or your CD player must be able to recognize the MP3 file format. Some CD players have limitations on the type of CD they can read. Verify that your CD player can read CD-R, CD+R, CD-RW or CD+RW compact discs.
Update your CD player's driver, if your CD player is a drive connected to your computer. Click "Start" and select "Control Panel." Click on "Hardware and Sound" and select "Device Manager" under "Devices and Printers." Right-click the icon for your CD drive and select "Update driver software." This may solve any issues the drive was having with playing CDs.
The skipping happens because the lens is weak,to solve this problem open the cd player so you can see the lens.Clean the lens with cotton wool dabbed in a little methylated spirit(wipe carefully).This should stop the skipping.
If the skipping continues then the lens is too weak to play CD's so it is best that you change the lens of your CD player.
I think that we can get at least one of them going again :) I suggest
take the lids off both of them.
load up some Cd's and close the drawer and watch what happens.
does the disc begin to spin, is not, do you hear any noise as it tries to read each disc.
can you kick start the CD when it first loads(clockwise direction)
if not of these things happen, can you see if the transport loads the cd up off the tray.
While you are in there, with the front drawer open you should be able to see the laser lens. Use a cotton bud moistened with windex(glass cleaner) gently clean the lens in a circular motion and then also polish it with a dry one to be sure you have left no smears on the lens. Then.... try the unit again and see if the CD reads. If you don't have any luck this far, please post back to me and we can try some other things. All this and you give me a FixYa... YAY :)