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    Unhappy CD Drive not working

    My CD drive does not work at all I reinstalled the drivers and everything.

    Do you know anything that I can do that might work.

    I think it might be dead its 4 years old and I used it a lot.

    Thanks advance,
    Metsuo

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    dead probably not, have you moved your computer recently to a different location? the power supply to the cd rom drive may have been loosened, if you right click on my computer that should be on your desktop or in your start menu, and then go to properties, then click on the Hardware tab, then click on the device manager button that is located bout half way down in that box, you get your device manager window, look in there for something similar to DVD/CD-ROM drives, once u find that click the plus sign, and see if your cd rom is being read by the system or if there is a yellow bubble next to it, if there is a yellow bubble double click that item and you should be able to tell what the problem is, may say drivers not installed, if this is the case, are you sure you installed the right drivers? do you know the manufacturer of your cd rom drive, and what operating system are you running your computer on?

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    Have you updated the firmware and changed the IDE cable? - it's probably a power problem. make sure that there is a power connection to the cd drive. If all that fails, then make sure that it is enabled in device manager or buy a new one

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    I've done all of that and its not a power problem.

    The drive works and of course the computer works but, it seems like they don't communicate.

    Also I have not moved this computer at all. I remember the last CD in it was one I was burnning and nero finnished it but nero kept going.

    I hope this will narrow down what my problem may be.

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    try reinstalling the ASPI drivers for the cd-rom. If not, and possible, try using the cd-rom in a different machine. drives *DO* go bad. I've replaced more than I care to admit. Does it just not read discs? Does it show up in Windows explorer?


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    I see the drive flash like its reading the disc and the little disc icon appears by the mouse but nothing comes up. I tried using other CDs and CD roms nothing.

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    You say you see the little cd icon near your mouse pointer? Then I assume you're using windows XP. The fact that the cd icon appears means your system can see the cd rom drive but your CD rom drive can't see the CD. This is usually due to a dirty or dead lens. It could also be due to a faulty IDE cable.
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    Get a new CD Drive

    CD drives cost little or nothing. Put a new one in and save yourself a few gray hairs. If the new drive doesn't work then you know it's either a software or internal computer problem.

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    well yeh, they're cheap. however if you can get the old one working, then keep it - anyhow, if the drive cant read the drive, then it would appear that the lens is dirty or a dodgy IDE cable is to blame.


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