DVDR985a NO DISC Problem

The old Phillips DVDR985a is acting up…

It plays DVD+RW discs it has recorded earlier (I only have 2.4x formats of these).

It plays DVD+R discs it has recored earlier (2.4, 4, and 8X formats). However, sometimes the recording skips.

For some of the purchased DVD movies, all I get is “NO DISC”.

I cannot see a pattern to a problem. Any ideas what is may be?

Thanks in advance.


In reading some other posts, I see a description of similar problems on other models. If the diagnosis is a laser OPD degradation, what is the ballpark cost to replace the laser?