Hi i've had the same problem i though it was the laser or the laser rail until i opened it!! Then i checked the laser, the rail and all the other mechanical it worked fine, until i got to the laser it had a hair right in the middle, don't bother trying the cd cleaner it doesn't work! all i di is take out the laser cleaned it with a cotton suabe and alochol for a bout a minute and now it works beautifaully! also clean the circle thingy that spins and holds the cd! any little particle will make that laser not read the cd right! while ur there tryin cleaning the unit from dust! it's the worst ememy! well hope this helps!
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At some time in its life, the laser that reads the CD starts to get too weak to operate reliably. That's probably what's happening here. Unlike mechanical parts that can be inspected for wear, electronic parts tend to work fine one day, then the next, poof. The laser assembly is replaceable if you can locate the part and find someone to install it. An electronic service shop could give an estimate for repair. If you can provide the full model number, I'll see if I can find the part number.
Sounds like the laser slid is sticking. it's not the CD that's the issue, but solidified grease on the CD laser rail. The sled motor has to work harder to push the laser past the lump of grease but once it does the sound continues. Does it get better after you've played 3 or 4 cd's? Same time into a CD each time? If so it's easy to fix by cleaning the old grease off the laser rails and re-greasing.