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Combo drive CD not reading, but DVD ok

My drive reads DVDs with no problem, but CDs (data & audio) are not recognized. The drive makes a faint noise several times after a CD is entered then nothing happens. If I click on the CD icon in Windows, a message is displayed saying "please insert disk."

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  • Shakur Ali Mar 31, 2007

    I guess my drive faulty. Removing the drive and having Windows reinstall it didn't fix the problem.

  • deepak007 Oct 08, 2008

    i have window xp profetional.

    i have no problem with reading dvd.BUT READING CD IS ALWAYS A BIG PROBLEM FROM THE BEGINING FOR ME.I HAVE REINSTALLED THE
    IDE/ATP...AND  CD/DVD DRIVE...FROM DEVICE MANAGER.


        PLZ PLZ HELP ME. HOPING QUICK REPLY....!

  • bigpolk May 11, 2010

    where can i purchase a new or used same model ? Can the laser onthe cd be replaced alone without replacing the dvd whichis working good?

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It may have dual laser and one that reads cd's is faulty, but try uninstalling the dvd drive first then re installing it to see if it cures it, if not the drive will need replacing. Go to my computer>properties>hardware>device manager and look down the list for your cd/dvd drives and click the '+' sign then highlight your dvd drive and right click to delete. Restart the pc and windows will find the drive again automatically and install the drivers

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