Originally Posted by jewel
The Phillips CDR only recoreds CD-R discs. I always used Maxell, never have had a problem. I have copied well over 5000 discs since 2000.
Well, that is most likely your problem: the unit is on its last legs. They were never intended to last that long or burn that many discs: you were remarkably lucky in how durable yours was. Its is not repairable: the parts were discontinued five years ago, and even then repairs may not have been possible since this type of dual-drawer recorder had long since fallen out of favor. Like some types of DVD recorder, the standalone CD recorder had a very brief window of popularity before most consumers decided it was much cheaper and more flexible to make CDs in their computer. One of the biggest complaints against units like yours was they required a special "music" blank CD-R which was harder to find and more expensive than computer CD-Rs. So they died off, and no reasonable replacement models have been available for several years now.
There is a VERY small chance you might be able to fix it yourself. You would need to open it up, and look at the two drives inside. If the broken drive is "open," with no casing around it to hide the mechanism, its a proprietary part, which means forget fixing it. If the broken drive is a sealed box that looks a lot like the drives one would put in a PC, you could try taking it out and replacing it with a PC drive. (Such an old recorder would need an ATAPI-connected drive, not the newer SATA-connected drives.) Odds are this still wouldn't work, but its worth a try. You could also try switching to a completely different brand of disc: perhaps Maxell has updated its dye formula to something your Philips can't finalize.
But most likely, the thing is dying of old age and you will need to adjust to how people work with CD-R in 2012. It really isn't that
much more difficult than a dual deck recorder: you turn on the CD software in the computer, pop the source CD into your PC and click "copy all tracks" or "copy these specific tracks." This takes all of five minutes, then you replace the source CD with a blank CD-R and it burns it and finalizes it within a couple minutes. You would need to learn how to use the copying software on the PC, but most of these are fairly straightforward. Two advantages of PC copying are you can use a wide variety of ordinary blank CD-R available in any store, and you can easily make and re-arrange compilation CDs from multiple source CDs. Also, you can make CD tracks from MP3s.
If you like to gamble, you could try buying another used dual-tray recorder from eBay or Craigs List. But this is usually a bad idea: most dual decks are several years old and the most recent were very cheaply made. Because of high demand, sellers are asking outrageous prices. You could get lucky, and find a good unit for a good price, but it may take some hunting. Adapting to the modern way of using the PC for CD copying makes more sense over the long haul.Edited by CitiBear - 8/21/12 at 7:27am