My Bose Wave Radio/CD developed this problem about a year ago. I don't use the CD player much and kept the unit clean. The disc spins but, the system does not read it. Cleaning the lens with cotton did not help.
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Re: Bose Wave Radio w/single CD player on top
The problem of won't read ; won't play ; and "no disc" displayed is in the mechanism in the roller that moving back and port bringing the lense set .The roller is under the tray which you put the discs. The old grease their is hardened already that cause abnormal travel of roller. Clean that by using a lighter fluid or like that fluid,, in order to take the old dirt grease and replace it with a new one, a first class grease type-A grease put only little amount in the roller. Wipe the lense with a use of cotton buds without any chemical use .Try this solution so performance will be better.. feel free for asking assistance rate me a fixya ...
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The cd assembly is the issue, over a period of time the laser pickup becomes weaker until it can no longer read the disc, one possible solution is to buy a disc cleaning kit and follow instructions in an effort to recover the assembly. If that fails the only option is contact Bose for pricing since they are the only authorized service centre that work on their own products.
Yes you have a defective laser assembly. The 139 is a great price as buying the laser lens alone will cost you around 70 .Bose will also upgrade with any new software and will also provide you with a 1 yr warrenty.
Bose does not release their parts lists or schematics, effectively
creating a monopoly for parts and repairs. In fact, their web site
says that the Bose factory is the only option for service or repair.
They used to list a flat rate repair charge on the web site, but
removed it - probably because it scared too many people. Their
troubleshooting guide (below) might help, but it's very simplistic.
Before you invest in expensive factory repair on one of these trouble
prone sets, you might want to investigate the new HD radios -- better
sound at a MUCH lower price.
Unfortunately Bose will not release their schematics or parts lists,
effectively giving them a monopoly on repairs. Their web site,
www.bose.com, offers to repair most Wave radios for $100 or to give
owners of broken sets a $200 allowance towards the purchase of a new
Wave. Before spending the big bucks though, you might want to check
out the new HD radios. Better sound and a MUCH lower price.
Sounds like the disk has not finalised correctly. Computers can play CDRs when they are only partly completed as they search the disk fro the files. A CD player expects to find a Table of Contents to tell it where the tracks are and if this has not written correctly it will not play on ordinary CD players but will work in computers.
I've repaired about 10 type Bose AWRC3x (the radio/cd model with lift up lid and top controls). If the cd won't play or skips, try cleaning the lens VERY carefully with a cotton bud with some isopropyl alcohol. Let it dry then try again. This will help in about 1/3 of cases.
After that, a new laser unit is needed. They cost around 15 pounds,30 dollars, (Type SFP100s with 13 pin connector made by Sanyo). You need to have some electronics experience to take the case to bits to get the laser deck out, change the cd laser and reassemble. Basically, DISCONNECT THE POWER! Remove the 3 screws on top, turn over and carefully prise the front of the base away from the top cover with a table knife or similar. Lift off the top cover - be careful with the lid ribbon! The deck can be disconnected from its ribbon cable and wired connector very carefully. Take the deck to bits and fit the new laser head (take photos if you think it will help). Remember to unsolder the shorting 'blob' of solder which protects the new laser from static till its fitted.
On the bright side, there is no tracking etc to set up, that's all automatic so usually they work like new with a new laser fitted. I have to say this is the weakest feature on the Bose CD radio, the actual electronics rarely gives trouble.