How do you know if you need to replace a CD lens.
Brand new, high end head unit, Kenwood KDC-MP922. Mp3 discs started to not work on occasion, started during wet rainy winter season. Summer came around and it was fine. Next wet cold season started to not work again. Lowered my car and I suspect some hard bumps may have made the problem worse as the disc errors started happening more often. 1.5 years after new no mp3 discs would read at all. Audio discs now start to error. CDRW are the only discs that would work, now they too do not work... Every time I put in a disc I get "TOC ERROR." There is the odd disc that works, but 95% of the time I get an error.
I'm wondering if it is infact the CD LENS that is the problem. Possibly I should just sell as is and someone else can try to repair it. Is there any way to tell? Why would the occasional disc work?
Options are spend $50 on a cd lens that might not do anything.
Buy a new deck, $500+. This one was $700 on sale at the time.
Buy a used from music keg addon (10GB or 20GB HD) from ebay for around $300 and run all my music off there.
Buy a ipod nano and run my music off there, but then car has no stereo if I ever decide to sell.
Thus my first step was to see if there is any way to tell if the lens is fooked or not. I have the unit sitting infront of me right now. Can't seeing anything visually to note it is broken. And as I said before, some discs work almost every time, but we're talking like 1 out of 20.
A local repair shop that does warranty work fixed my old Sony head unit once. They charged $45 to look at it, and tell you what was wrong. If it had been too much to bother with, I could have told them no, and they would put it back together and return it. It turned out to be really cheap, and the $45 was applied to the total, which was only another $20.
Too late, I kinda destroyed the cd bay. It was actually somewhat satisfying after it tortured me for a year.
The unit itself still works, just don't push the eject button or it won't close.
I would love to somehow take the data cable that was originally going to the cd bay and rewire to a mp3 decoder card with a usb plug on it. That would be dope *** and then just have a usb plug that you can connect a mem stick too.
That will likely not happen, I wish I could figure out how to do it. Next option is to buy a 10GB music keg HD or an ipod or a whole new HU.
did you try a lens cleaner on it?
I know, but just thought he might slap his forehead and go doh!