I have a fairly new Sony Discman, probably 2-3 years old. It works fine in every respect, except it will stop playing seemingly for no reason. The LCD display doesn’t go blank at first, so I know that it’s not losing power.
I’ve eliminated the basic stuff- the batteries are good, and it’s not the cd. (I’ve played cds in much worse condition before.)
Another strange thing is that it doesn’t do this nearly as often when the electronic shock protection feature is turned off. (Every ten minutes or so, as opposed to not being able to get through a full song when the shock protection’s on)
So, my question is, is there anything I can do to fix it? Would it be worth the money to have it fixed, or should I just retire it and spring for a new one?
Do you have a burner? If so, look at http://www.mp3car.com for mp3 compatible Discmen. You may also be interested in the G-Shock Discmen that don’t need ESP because of the way they’re built.
You’ve likely got a short somewhere. Get a new one. Even the ones I’ve listed here are less than $200, and you can get an okay one for less than $50.
You could clean the cd lens. Its that eye that looks right at ya when you have it opened. Its very very very sensitive so clean with a cd cleaner or a swab gently.
I fixed these things for ten years. Tell me the model number and I’ll tell you what’s wrong with it. I bet I’ll even remember the manufacturer’s part numbers for the parts you’ll need.
I’m so glad I don’t do that any more.
Thanks to all three of you! I think cleaning the lens worked…I used a Q-tip with glasses cleaner, and it played for about a half hour until I turned it off.
I went through 2 Sony Discmen in about 4 years. The first one didn’t have any shock protection, and the skipping just got worse and worse. Then, I got one with ESP. And after about 2 years, it started acting almost exactly like Kodyn’s. I went out and got a Philips, which is still in perfect working order (I probably just jinxed myself). It came with a car kit, headphones, and AC adapter for about $100.