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Volume AM/FM has volume(sound),but when I play a minidisc,the head unit reads the disc ,but no volume.

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  • dave moilliet Mar 05, 2006

    how do i change the setting on my simple burner?It only offers LP 2 and LP4.Ichanged the setting,Still no sound


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Your MD player probably isn't LP capable. Attempting to play an LP recorded MiniDisc in a player that is only SP capable will produce no sound even though the display (time counter, track name) looks like everything is operating properly. Record the MD you were attempting to play in SP and you will get sound.

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

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