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DVD-R doesn't work

I'm assuming I can obtain some free advice.

I have a Samsung R40 notebook, approx 18 months old. The DVD R drive doesn't open, nothing jammed, no disc inside. The drawer will open if you use the paperclip and tiny aperture routine and when a disc is inserted nothing happens and the disc is not recognised. It used to work and I haven't used this DVD feature for ages, at least a year, but now it doesn't work at all. The light on the drawer doesn't work either.The laptop itself is in excellent condition and has barely been used, honest.

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  • gareth_beaum Nov 14, 2008

    Tks for the quick response Dave

    I got to the device manager area and the DVD drive was listed. Upon clicking it the following appeared:

    MATSHITA DVD-RAM UJ8505

    Rgds/Gareth




  • gareth_beaum Nov 14, 2008

    Well, tks again for your efforts Dave,

    I uninstalled the said driver.

    It was replaced by the standard, I guess, default CD Rom driver - SAMSUNG HM100JC if that makes any sense.

    The original driver that I uninstalled loaded, it was detected in the usual way with the balloon notification you always get when new hardware is plugged in.

    Still no joy.

    So I guess your first assessment that a power problem exists is likely to be right.

    Rgds/Gareth


  • gareth_beaum Nov 16, 2008

    For some reason my reply from Friday or two subsequent replies are not appearing on this page.

    I uninstalled the driver successfully and it was replaced by what I assume to be the default driver Samsung HM100JC.

    I rebooted and the DVD driver loaded again and was detected.

    Sadly, no further joy with the light and the drawer still won't open, so I guess your original diagnosis of a power problem may well be accurate.

    Rdgs/gARETH




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Gareth,

I can't seem to find THAT particular model number on Samsungs website. So I can only offer generalized advice.

It sounds like you are not getting power to this optical unit, as you said you don't get any activity light blinking.

Most Notebook manufacturers make their DVD units so that they can be swapped with other components. (Ie... a Floppy drive or additional battery etc....) If you have such a unit please swap out the components and see if the new one is recognized. If not proceed to next step.

With you DVD drive connected
Press the <Windows> key and <Pause/Break> simultaneously then select Device manager/ Hardware tab then device manager depending on whether you have Vista/XP then look under DVD/CD or Optical drives to see if the device is showing up

If it is NOT there you have a problem with the Physical connection between your PC and the drive and will likely need to have an authorized service person perform a repair.

If it IS shown in device manager then you likely have a driver issue. Take note of the exact name given to it under device manager and post THAT here and we can direct you to where you can get the proper driver.


Hope this helps ya,
Dave

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  • David Preston
    David Preston Nov 14, 2008

    Gareth,



    From what I can find the driver for this unit is included in Windows. The one you have may have been corrupted, So what I need to have you do is right click on the drive, select Uninstall, go through that routine. Then reboot the PC. It should detect and reinstall your Drive with the proper driver.



    If it fails to try to reinstall the device itself, heres how to do it manually. Open device manager again and at the top item in the listing right above "Computer" right click and select "Scan for hardware changes" This should initiate the Plug and Play driver installation.



    Hope this helps, if it doesn't just comment back and I will try to help you further.



    Best regards

    Dave

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