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Dvd drive problem

I am using HP pavillion DV6516TX for the past one and half years, window vista, recently my dvd drive is giving me a lot of problem. sometimes the dvd drive could not be seen on the window explorer, it plays a dvd/cd for 15-20 mins and then the drive to stop responding until and unless i manually take out the disc by inserting a pin in the hole in front of the dvd drive. these days while starting up my laptop, it just dont start, black screen with a white cursor blinking, once i open the drive with the same method,the pc starts up, everything is normal except the dvd drive. After starting the laptop, if i close the drive, everything goes slow down. Please suggest something, is the problem is in the drive or in the laptop

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  • nirajmeitram Oct 16, 2008


    thanks for the soluton, i think there might be a better solution than replacing the DVD drive coz sometime it do work with no problem at all, but the last few days it just got worse. someone suggested me that the PC ight be reading the drive at the start up for booting CD, some to reinstalled the drive driver, someone to take out the drive and check the connection, etc. i better do all these things first. if u have any new suggestion, please let me know, actually replacing with a new one will take a big buck out of my pocket which i dont have now. i just think if it just get OK tommorrow morning

  • JDTec
    JDTec May 11, 2010

    It is your DVD drive. Hopefully you have an extended warranty. It needs to be replaced.

    If you don't have a warranty, then it is not that difficult to replace.

    If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it.

    Thanks, Joe


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If you want to make sure whether the issue is with the Drive or not, I recommend you to try removing and booting the Notebook without the Drive.
The warranty of the Notebook should not be effected with this and however, your Notebook should be out of base factory warranty.
You can find the required instructions to remove the DVD Drive of your Notebook from the Manual of the Notebook which can be accessed from the link below :

Look for the instructions starting from page number  59  (67 of 160) in the Manual for the required instructions.
Here is the procedure you need to follow :
Remove the DVD Drive when the Notebook is turned off and power adapter and battery disconnected.
Start the Notebook.
Check whether you have the same performance issues even if the Drive is not connected to the Notebook.
If the Notebook is working fine, just turn it off and reinsert the Drive and fix the screw.
However, if the performance issue exists even if the DVD Drive is not connected to the Notebook, the issue should be something else.
This should also resolve if the issue is related to the connectivity of the Drive as removing and reseating the DVD Drive should solve this.
Hope this helps...

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I still believe it is the drive. Several months ago, I sent my wife's DV9000 back to HP for repair because of the same problem.
Another thing you can do is to clean the lens. open the drive, then you will see a lens on the tray.
take a cotton swab and dab some alcohol on it and clean the lens. This may help .

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I beleive that the DVD Drive icon had dissappeared from My Computer.
However, I recommend you to check in the Device Manager by clicking the + mark next to DVD/CD-Rom Drives.
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