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I cannot eject the MD from my Sony MD deck player. It plays though ... just that the existing MD is stuck inside the player What should I do? Appreciate your advice

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  • osfsf Nov 08, 2010


    Thank you. I tried your suggested solution but it did not work. I guess I must have left the MD inside this MD deck player for too long . Sigh. I only tried the MD player again after my recent house move, and I must have not touched it for like a few months now.




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I looked at a manual for your unit.Right now what I would suggest is to unplug it for 5 minutes,plug it back in,and try to eject it.The more modern electronics such as yours occassionally 'lock up'.Some units with this digital circuitry require 30 seconds to reset itself,some 5 minutes.Digital electronics are basically almost anything you can program in some way,with the exception of video game consoles which also reset.From ovens to DVD players,to thermostats(LCD display type).If you have other things which work like this,always remember this remedy.If it does not eject,comment back here,I will get an autolink to your post and I will try something else.
Good luck,Greg

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  • Greg McCarthy Nov 08, 2010

    Since it appears to go in and out more like a VCR tape than a DVD with a tray,I do not know exactly if you want to try to retieve it yourself or send it somewhere.I can tell you how to go about taking it apart carefully if you like.I have done many repairs before and have a background in what's necessary to check it out.It really wouldn't be difficult for me to tell you what to do if you like.Even now,if there's something I haven't done,I will take it apart.That's how to learn.All you probably need to do is buy the proper screwdriver set.They are called jeweler's screwdriver sets.Probably about $5-$10.I can give you my phone number and talk you through it also.At least look for some place who can do it do it fairly cheap,close to you.Where are you anyhow?Think about it and let me know what you want to do,if anything.Seriously,you could probably do it.I have developed a system to remember what goes where.It just takes a little thinking and doing.You will not get electrocuted,as long as it's unplugged obviously.Greg



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