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DVD works but cd does not work

I have Dell Inspiron 5100. It has DVD/CDRW combo drive. It reads all DVDs. It does not recognizes any CD (data or music). It was working before. I have windows XP SP3 OS. Any suggestion.
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  • Chellu Oct 11, 2008

    Thanks. This is a laptop and is 5 years old. It is time to throw away.

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Hi Chellu,

Looks like the drive was a lemon. The laser lens used to read cd's and dvd's are seprate and seems loke the one for cd is gone bad. if your pc is in warrenty cal the manufacturer and have them replace it. if not in warrenty open the chassie see if the drive is connected with a wide ribbon cable(ata) or a two pair green or blue wire(sata). depending on that get a new one from radioshack or something.

I hope it helps!!
cheers

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    Rakesh Kumar Oct 12, 2008

    LOL ya you can do that too. My suggestion would be if everything else is fine don't throw it out just see if you can replace the drive or get a usb dvd writer.

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