My 4-year-old MD deck stopped working about a year ago (wouldn't play the whole song, could not record, would eject disc automatically). I didn't miss it much because I've started listening to original CDs and DVDs. However, I popped it open to "take a look" last night (it's broken anyway, what could be worse?). I looked at the lens and found out that it was cover with dirty lint. I cleaned it of course. I then looked at the mechanism on top of the MD slot; I realized that it looked strange (really hard to explain) and played around with it a bit. I hooked it up last night and hit play. Oh my, I have to say I missed it. It's getting long so I will stop here. One more note: don't try anything like that at home I know a bit about electronics.