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Suddenly cd rom won't read or burn anymore...

It happened before and was an easy fix...

when inserting a cd it spins and spins with blinking lights and gives up within minutes... I can't even see D: anymore on my list of drives...

it's a DELL inspiron 2200 with windows XP

drive is Toshiba MK4026GAX

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It sounds like you need a new cd rom

Posted on Nov 10, 2008

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