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Laser might not be faulty but just a dirty lens/ rail assembly. If thou darest open the thing, clean the lens ( GENTLY) with a swab of glass lens cleaner. Clean the chrome runners for the optics assby with a swab lcaed with WD40 or silicone.
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can it read data files inside a dvd disc or any cd? if not, you might need to clean the lens using a cd lens cleaner or a soft cloth. Or the cd drive might be defective, which is common sometimes with 1 yr old machines and up
The disc will not spin unless it is actually detected by the optics assembly. Try claning the lens using a cotton swab and alcohol. If that fails to resolve the problem, the optics have failed and should be replaced.
The C601 will not spin up the disc unless one is detected. If the optics are bad and do not realize that the disc is there...
Try cleaning the lens using a cotton swab and alcohol. If that does not resolve the problem, the optics are bad. The optics in this unit are KSS-240 (I think). This part costs about $30-$40 depending upon where you get it. You can try to replace it or have a shop replace it for you. Add in the local labor rate for the total repair cost. This is a relatively simple repair. I have done 100s. It usually takes about 45 minutes plus the testing time.
Does it pop out immediately? If not, listen carefully to the drive after you insert the disc. Can you hear the disc spinning? Any activity from the laser? If the disc is not spinning but you can hear the faint whirring and clicking of the laser transport, it could be that the laser itself has failed - it's the laser that detects if a CD is present. If it doesn't detect anything (due to being knackered!), the disc will not spin and will eject.