Even with all the wonderful advances happening in the field of technology, none of the modern electronic devices and gadgets are flawless or error-free by any stretch of imagination. CD players are a good example of such devices.
Despite all the advantages offered, they do have their fair share of problems, as well. The nature of these problems varies from minor, negligible issues to major technical snags. Following are some common CD player problems and methods to troubleshoot them.
Here is how you should find and fix problems in CD players as well as portable DVD players:
1. First and foremost, make sure that the player is properly connected to the speakers and the power supply. Check the cable connections, the connection jacks, and make sure that there are no loose or broken wires.
Most of the time, rectifying improper/loose connections itself solves many problems. If you are operating the player, using a set of batteries, try replacing them with new ones. However, if that does not solve your problem, then move on to the following steps.
2. If you find the player case to be extremely hot, wait for a few minutes for it to cool down before you use it or attempt any repairs. Extreme temperatures can be a common cause of problems.
3. Typically, most people have problems of discs getting stuck at places while being played. The problem in this case could be either with the disc, or the player, or both. Check the CD for scratch marks on its surface. In case, if there are any, use special cleaning solvents.
At the same time, you could consider using a lens cleaner to clean the player's lens. Also, use a soft cloth to wipe the insides of the CD tray gently, in order to remove all the traces of dirt and dust.
4. If the tray is stuck inside, try to open it manually through the pin opening on the frontal tray surface. Check the rubber belts and the gears for any accumulated dirt or loose debris that may be hindering its functioning. If you find any of these parts to be broken, you will need to replace them.
5. If you find that the CDs do not play till the end, tracks end up getting skipped, or they get stuck frequently, then the problem in most cases would be with the laser head component of the player. It could be functioning incorrectly for a variety of reasons such as accumulated dirt or debris, parts getting worn out, or component breakage.
The laser head is a very complex and sophisticated part of the player. Attempt repairs only if you are thoroughly familiar with its internal structure and functioning.
6. If you realize that the problem lies with the internal circuitry of the player, it is advisable that you seek help of a proper technician. It will save both, your time and energy.
These are the common steps involved in the process of troubleshooting these devices. Occasional cases of CDs getting stuck is a normal phenomenon. Consider repairing, only if you face serious/frequent problems.