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Old 07-26-2017, 10:55 PM
 
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Hi, I have a Sony MDS E12 (mini-disc recorder/player) and have had problems with the disc eject function. I purchased a replacement belt locally, which was somewhat guesswork since the electronics store didn't know whether or not the belt they sold me was the correct one. This is not really an item that they would generally stock and was, I believe, the only one that they had. Anyway, I managed to replace the old belt with the new without too much trouble but, unfortunately, it still would not eject discs. I just figured that I had (inadvertently) been sold the wrong belt and simply continued to eject discs manually, not that I use the unit very often in the first place. Just lately, however, I have needed to use the unit, and ...the discs eject sometimes and sometimes not. This may indicate that the belt is 'wearing in' or just simply flukes 'success' sometimes. However, I DO know that the eject problem IS belt related, so I don't really have an issue here.

What I'm finding now, however, is that some discs don't push in all the way and therefore don't get seated in the cradle correctly to allow for a TOC (Table of Contents) reading. So, they get stuck midway and I get a 'disc error' report on screen. This means that I have to get into the machine (which normally has the casing removed anyway because of the eject issue <sigh>) and manually fiddle with it to remove the disc. This recent issue is actually more worry-some than the eject issue. Does anyone have any ideas why some discs won't push in all the way (while others DO) and become seated correctly? This is a recent phenomenon and I'm wondering if I've somehow not screwed the cradle close enough to the disc entry slot. But then, the position of the cradle is pretty much fixed in place so how can I have gotten it wrong?

Any ideas?
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Old 07-27-2017, 12:22 AM
 
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At a quick glance, I didn't see any for the E12, but maybe this'll help? I usually check youtube for questions like this: there are people out there who have forgotten more than I will ever know about electronics. I think this guy has a similar problem.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ6XUMYMg2o
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Old 07-27-2017, 08:13 PM
 
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At a quick glance, I didn't see any for the E12, but maybe this'll help? I usually check youtube for questions like this: there are people out there who have forgotten more than I will ever know about electronics. I think this guy has a similar problem.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ6XUMYMg2o
Thanks very much for your response, Meemur. Coincidentally, I DID check out that video before you included it in your post. In fact, I actually asked the very same question in the comments section below the video and received a response from the owner of the video just this morning. The video is showing how to replace an eject belt which I have already done. Unfortunately, the replacement belt I was sold appears to be the wrong one for the MDS E12. BUT, as I said, the unit DOES occasionally eject discs but mostly not. It's so temperamental. The unit I have looks very similar to the E10 in the video, identical in fact ...I'm not sure what the difference in models is.

My problem right now is not so much ejecting the discs - which IS still a pain in the butt - but rather with actually loading discs so that they are 'grabbed' by the mechanism in the cradle and seated correctly so that the head can read them. Again, it's not every disc and this is why it's so frustrating figuring out why some but not others. As said, this unit is very temperamental.

Anyway, again ...many thanks for your response.
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