CD player routine maintenance? (RCD-971)

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  • JonJeffman
    Junior Member
    • Apr 2009
    • 24

    CD player routine maintenance? (RCD-971)

    Hey there,
    So I found a RCD-971 locally that I picked up for a good price, but it'll either be one of those 'best-deal-ever' or 'waste-of-money' sort of things. Wondering if there's some simple routine maintenance I can/should do?

    The original owner said that about 1% of the time, you'd put in a disc and it wouldn't read it & would display NO DISC. I am yet to get this problem, but I did noticed it skip on a CD-R that was scratch free, and that does not skip on a different player. So this has me a little concerned.

    What should I do to improve it's health? I've heard of cleaning, lube, alignment, but don't really know what this entails. Can I open it up and blast it with some compressed air to remove any dust (or can this knock the laser out of alignment). What type of grease should I use to lube it and where do I apply it? Is an alignment something a DIY'er can do or does it require special tools/knowledge?

    Thanks for the help
  • wkhanna
    Grumpy Old Super Moderator Emeritus
    • Jan 2006
    • 5673

    #2
    The lasers in CDP’s can become mis-aligned over time. They also wear out. The laser can be re-aligned or replaced. These repairs are not normally able to be done by the average owner. You may be able to get an estimate for the repairs from a reputable repair shop. However, the cost may exceed the value of the unit.

    Also, early model CDP’s did not always work well with CD’s burnt on personal computers.
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    ....just an "ON" switch, Please!

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