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 Hi all, keeping safe I hope, a quick question for those in the know, during these troublesome time the cd collection has been getting a good airing, some stuff from a while ago, I have a couple of the cds that will not play on the house unit, ok in either car, genuine discs not copies, any ideas. Ta.

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They may be damaged .. can you see any flaking of the aluminium layer or is the read surface dirty / scratched. You could try polishing the CD read surface with Brasso or something similar. If they remain unplayable, perhaps someone with the same CD could provide you with a ripped backup copy.

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I had this issue with my Roksan Attessa DP2.  If the laser doesn't find the index track it will nor play the disc.  Occasionally a good clean of the cd with a spectacle cleaning wipe can help.

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Some CD players will tolerate discs that others won’t. They will apply more error correction, where as others will just reject it.

On the down side, alternatively it may be a sign that the player is not reading the discs TOC & so maybe the player is getting a bit leggy.

Well that’s my ( limited) understanding, anyway.

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Yep, give the disc a polish. A surprising amount of mucky tarnish can build up over time. 

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The laser may have a film built up over time.  I recall a product - a CD with a tiny brush on it - that was said to be able to clean the laser mechanism.  If that does not work try massaging a little lavender oil round the feet.  

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6 hours ago, Andrei said:

The laser may have a film built up over time.  I recall a product - a CD with a tiny brush on it - that was said to be able to clean the laser mechanism.  If that does not work try massaging a little lavender oil round the feet.  

But Lavender oil does smell very nice .

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3 hours ago, MartinC said:

A CD lens cleaner disc with a little brush on it is what I'd be trying. They're cheap. 

Yes, I was thinking I’d try the same.  Allsop make them, amongst others. 

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They do tend to be next to useless though.

Much better to take the top of and clean the lenz with a cleaning swab on a stick ie Q-Tip and cleaning fluid.

Sometimes it can be done with the CD draw open without taking the lid of, i find it easier with thd lid off so i can actually see the lenz and see its clean,

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1 hour ago, Paul-H said:

They do tend to be next to useless though.

Much better to take the top of and clean the lenz with a cleaning swab on a stick ie Q-Tip and cleaning fluid.

Sometimes it can be done with the CD draw open without taking the lid of, i find it easier with thd lid off so i can actually see the lenz and see its clean,

I have actually got a player working with a brush CD before but agree if someone is happy to that careful direct cleaning is likely to be helpful more often.

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