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Philips Magnavox Mini Hi Fi System

My mom has an old ( about 15 yrs ) cd player that won't play cd's or open the turnstile. When you press cd, it says DEF. Does that mean default ? According to her manual, it means pause. We tried unplugging the unit, but that didn't help. The radio still works, and we think she might have just hit a wrong button or something. The manual says FW36, if that helps any.

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  • Anonymous Jul 31, 2008

    Same problem. "DEF" comes up. Radio plays, but when DEF comes up, CD will not play, nor will it open/close.

  • Anonymous Aug 28, 2008

    Same thing with ours. DEF shows and nothing on the cd player will respond. Can't even remove the cd's!

  • Anonymous Sep 09, 2008

    What does DSC and DBB stand for?

  • Anonymous Sep 09, 2008

    Cannot get my cd disc to play

  • Anonymous Sep 16, 2008

    I love my mini system. The CDs just stopped playing. I tried the cleaniung discs and the other trouble shooting suggestions in the owner's manual. Nothing.

    Most shops do not repair these.

    What to do??????

  • Anonymous Sep 16, 2008

    I love my mini system. The CDs just stopped playing. I tried the cleaning discs and the other troubleshooting suggestions in the owner's manual. Nothing.

    What to do????

  • Anonymous Oct 27, 2008

    I have the exact same problem! The screen says DEF when I turn on the CD player and nothing I do seems to make the message go away. Please -- if anyone know the answer to this problem let us know!

  • kriss339 Dec 21, 2008

    I have the same problem!
    If You find solution PLEAS post!!!

  • maxmiller Feb 19, 2009

    I have the same problem. Player doesn't respond and ate my cds. . . .

  • yolan MOIson
    yolan MOIson Dec 18, 2014

    same problem here....please anyone post if ther s a solution


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My FW14 MX 3701 CD Mini Hi Fi System will not play The CD stored in it.  The screen says DEF. Thanks.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008

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I had the same problem today and could not get the doors to open. I unhooked all the wires and brought the unit upstairs and was going to dismantle it since I had 3 cd's in it. I decided to plug and unplug it and also tried the open & close button. After 3 or 4 times the unit started working again. I took my cd's out and put 4 more in and they work great. Try this, what do you have to lose.

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Now I have the same problem. Does anyone have an answer besides trial and error?

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I had the same problem. my cd part of my mini hi fi [has tape player and radio] froze up in the middle of changing my cd selection. wouldn't open/close/ play. i started to play the radio every evening as i 'pleasure' read [spy novels my favorite]. this went on for almost a month. a couple of nights ago, the cd player 'woke up'. i'm once again listening to my large collection of linda ronstadt. it still wants to say NO DISK when I hit 'play', but i hit pause, then play, while the drawer is closing. once closed i hit the play button. it still will play only one cd and stops at the end and won't progress to the next cd. no different than pre channel changer. i have to get up to change cd, but what the heck?

Posted on Apr 07, 2010

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I have the same problem! If anyone has an answer PLEASE post!!! I can't get my CDs out of the player.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008

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