Also, clean your lenses. Some older systems will support recorded CDA, but they are harder to read than a purchased CD. You can also look into alternate plug-in devices. I run my computer straight into my stereo, for example, also it's surprising that even cheap players will sound good on a decent amp/speaker set. I bought my mom a portable DVD that plays mp3 DVDs (800+ song disks) with a set of Logitech 2.1 THX certified speakers and everytime I hear it I think, "I paid how much for my system?!?" (ftr, mine's better, but not the price difference better). I think eventually I'll do completely w/o a receiver, just run all content through my PC. Actually, I currently do run everything though my computer, even television, the only thing I'm missing is an FM tuner card. I just love my Yamaha receiver far too much to part with her just now.