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Discs are not the problem. Have used brand new ones as well as used ones. Lights alternate between NO and READ. Manual says disc is dirty. Can't be.

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No, the disks aren't dirty, the laser lens is. To properly clean the lens and the entire head you should dismantle the unit and directly access the head. There blow most of the dust away first using a fan then, especially on the laser head, using a can of compressed air. After that wipe everything in sight using a q-tip. Beware the lens is fragile , it can be easily scratched, use a good clean q-tip on it and rub it gently.

Posted on Jul 30, 2010

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  • jcoward716 Jul 30, 2010

    How do I dismantle? Are there instructions somewhere?

  • Azrael SRL Jul 30, 2010

    Here's the repair manual
    But all you need to do is to unscrew some screws and lift some covers - if some parts are glued or riveted leave them alone - the optical unit should be directly below the cover and to access the head all you need to do is to unscrew the upper support bar.

  • jcoward716 Jul 30, 2010

    didn't get instructions to dismantle.

  • Azrael SRL Jul 30, 2010

    As i said all you need is a screwdriver - take the screws that hold the cover, take the cover off, take the screws that hold the upper bar, take the bar - that is all.



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