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Check if your CD is clean or your disc drive lens is also clean. If you clean both of them, you should be able to read your CD. Further, defective CDs with thin coating could not be read.

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remove the cd/dvd drive into your pc then i have knowlegde how to repair it just open the casing and replace the belt in the gear then wipe the lens with clean cotton.
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Is the CD drive display in my computer? yes

then clean up your CD/DVD rom for there is dust in it, specially on the lazer lens that let the rom read the CD/DVD.

If no, then; Fix some cable connection towards your CD/DVD rom for it was lessen.

If not fix the problem verify the disc if it is readble by your Rom. Please try another disc in your Rom.

if same happen, then maybe its time for a new CD/DVD ROM.

one last try:

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