I've had this laptop since 2003. Recently, the CD-ROM drive will occasionally flicker out of service in the middle of an active Windows session. The only way to remedy this is to power down the system, wait, then reboot. Even then, that doesn't always work.
I've removed the device from the device manager in Windows, and a reboot shows it coming up again. Unfortunately, the issue remains.
I originally thought that this might be a Windows issue, and, since my system is long overdue for an overhaul and I'd like to switch to Linux, I tried to boot into either a Live CD distro or a boot CD. Even though the BIOS is set to boot from CD first, it skips right past and goes directly to the hard drive. I am completely unable to even reinstall an OS on this system.
I figure that this is now a hardware issue, but if anyone has ideas on what I can do to further troubleshoot, that would be greatly appreciated. Also, if anyone has any spare drives lying around cheap, or can recommend an inexpensive replacement, that would be great.
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Re: CD/DVD ROM not working properly
Hey as long as it was an original Windows disc you tried booting off of, as copys will not boot off the cd alot of the time, it sounds like the cdrom drive is at fault, a new one will set you back about 40pounds maybe 60 dollars i use www.ebuyer.co.uk but thats a uk site, you should try www.ebay.com or amazon. to maybe get a good deal...
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CD ROM drive will play only 700 mb CD disks(normal CDs)...and not play DVD disks...u need DVD ROM drive to play DVDs....there is a big difference among both in it's function.
a DVD drive "may" play both DVDs and CDs....
a CD drive will "only" play CDs
may be it's only a DVD ROM drive not a combo,
you will need a combo to read both DVD and CD
if it was reading CDs earlier then the CDs might have scratch in them, try with new CD.
did u make changes to the cables inside, if you did check if the cabels are connected properly to the drive
You want to install a CD Drive. Ok you are Following these steps....
Unplug the power cable from your power supply and open your Computer case.
Determine which drive bay you are going to install a CD-ROM into. You should pick on of the uppermost drive bays
Before you install a CD-ROM, make sure you have the proper jumper settings. You are only installing a single CD-ROM, set the jumpers as MASTER. The jumper settings are different for each CD-ROM drive, so consult your owner's manual so you know which pins to cover up.
Once you have the jumpers set, install your CD-ROM in the computer's case. How you secure the CD-ROM in one of the uppermost drive bays depends on your case. Some CD-ROM drives have to be screwed into the drive bay.
Connect the power to the back of the CD-ROM drive, then connect the ribbon cable to the back of the CD-ROM drive. Your ribbon cable has three connectors, one in the middle and one on each end. The middle connector is a SLAVE connector that is used if you would install an additional CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
Connect one of the end connectors to the CD-ROM drive, and connect the other end connector to the appropriate spot on your motherboard. Note, hard drives and CD-ROM drives have the same style of connector on the motherboard. You want to connect your CD-ROM drive to the motherboard slot that isn't red or is the highest numbered of all the IDE slots.
Power on your computer after you plug it in. Your computer should recognize the new CD-ROM. If it doesn't, go into your motherboards BIOS and search around for the IDE channels, they need to be set to automatically.
I think you have CD RAM and DVD ROM i had also the problem of read dvd but i buy CD/DVD RAM Now my drive is working properly and successfully if you have CD RAM and DVD ROM then change it to CD/DVD ram because in case of CD RAM and DVD ROM it may read CD but not DVD but sometimes it can read DVD also but when we copy data to computer it may freeze or give us error so i give you one suggest to buy a new CD/DVD RAM
somthing thats worth trying is going into my computer, right click on the cdrom drive and click eject if it works that way then its software thats stopping it from ejecting, if it still dont work take a paperclip and push it in the small hole in the cdrom drive and it will pop out its only a temporary thing but it works to get the cd out..
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