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Minidisc problem when i load a disc into the machine the message "reading" flashes up for ages and either it wont play or eventually comes up with ""Blank Disc" and stops. If it does play it "skips" like mad and sometimes goes through the whole disc in about 2 seconds. Other times it just ejects the disc without playing it at all. Any ideas?? Thanks guys...Adrian.

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Only just seen your question whilst trawling for old unanswered questions.

My answer will be way too late for you, but may be of benefit to others searching the site.

You didn't state the make and model of MiniDisc player, but the symptoms are classic indicators of a failed playback head.

Sadly, it's irreparable. It's definitely not a DIY job, the parts will almost certainly be impossible to find, and even if you can, will cost more than obtaining a replacement model.

I'd suggest that you search or post a request on your local FreeCycle/Freegle group (first postings must always be to offer something, but you can reply to existing offers straight after joining). Failing that, you can pick a unit up very cheaply on auction and classified sales websites.

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