CD Player issue?

I was given a CD player as a gift recently. It's called the Pioneer PD-2000 LTD.

The lens had fallen out, but I was able to fit in back in easily.

The problem? Well it won't read any of my burned CD-Rs.

It reads original CDs very fast. Any reason why this might be the case?

Perhaps there is something else that can be done?



Older CD players generally aren’t able to read CD-R’s.


EDIT - I should say it's a crap shoot really.

The laser needs to be glued back in!   I had the same problem with my Pioneer PD65. Fitting it back in without glueing is going to cause it to vibrate and fall out again. 



Thank you for your answer. So you mean that you also had this problem with a Pioneer CD player not reading CD-Rs that were burned on a computer?


So gluing the lens back in solved the problem? Well of course it did!

The PD-65 reads the disc upside down, so you have to glue the lens in place.

Currently the PD2000 LTD reads any original CD-Rs. The lens is on the bottom like a regular CD player. 

My PD65 could not read CD-R disks either before or after gluing the laser in place.  I was under the assumption that your player also had the "stable Platter".

I fixed the problem...

Applied hand sanitizer that kills 99.9% of germs to both sides of a qtip, waited a few minutes, then wiped thr lens off on both sides using a microfiber cloth.

Inserted thr lens back in to the optical pickup. And now it reads burned CDs and CDs that are original/store bought without any problems.


I believe that past 1988, vintage CD players should still play CD-Rs. But some odd ones do not. And beyond that, it could simply be laser in the optical pickup that gets weaker due to overuse.


I just want to  ask you A burned CD might not work in your car's CD player for a few reasons, all related to the media type (for example, CD-R, CD-RW, or DVD-R), music format, burn method, and the head unit's capabilities. Some head units are touchier than others, and some recognize a limited set of file types.

I think you have to Very often audio CD’s burned at slower speeds will work in audio players while disks burned at higher speeds won’t. It’s been said that the laser encoding is somehow "clearer" when burning at slower speeds and this helps audio players, which often have a problem with home-burned CD’s, to cope with the disks. FaceTime

Try cleaning the DVD drive lens with a lens cleaning disc. If this doesn't work you may have to open the player (with the power removed) to gain access to the DVD drive so that you can open it and clean the lens more thoroughly with a Qtip (cotton bud) moistened with isopropyl alcohol. There are videos on You Tube showing you how.FMC 4 ME