I have a Pioneer CDR.....sometimes when it acts funky , the solution is to just press The Play button , let the disc play for twenty, thirty seconds, and see if operation thereafter returns to normal. Works for me, good luck.
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Try one of the Belkin $30 power strips/surge protectors , available at any Staples or COMP USA. It is amazing how these strips clean up the power. If this fails to help out your Pioneer, you still have a superb power strip.
I never used mine much for recording, but as a transport
it got some usage. I began to experience some drop outs
on playback ( and recording ). Had it checked out and
they wanted $500 bucks to replace the laser. I never did
have it replaced. It spent 2 years in the closet, now it's
back out, but only on the night stand as a headphone player
to fall asleep to. Never had the "check" message. I really
should have it fixed before the laser part goes extinct.