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I was given this mini system and when I put in a CD, you here it spinning, but the display will read no disc. What is the cause?

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Hi, i think the lens of the CD player is weak and will either needs tobe cleaned or to be replaced.

You can use a lens cleaner to clean the lens to see if it will play, after cleaning if it does not play that means the lens is damaged and will need to be replaced.

Take care.

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