HP Pavillion dv6121tx 15.4" notebook problem with DVD Drive
Configuration: WinXP SP3 & IE7 Recently re-formatted HD and reinstalled WinXP from scratch. All working alright apart from the DVD player. I can still play DVD movies and audio CD songs without any problem like before. However, I have problem running software CDs and some audio CDs. I cannot run installation CDs anymore. Is this the indication of the DVD Drive problem or registry problem. This is the internal DVD drive. Please help.
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I am stumpted. I am not sure. normally if a drive cannot read a disk and all of the software and drivers are correct then I would say that the drive head is out of alignment . Pasify me if you will and restore you computer to the time before you stared havign the problem just to insure that it is not software.If it reads DVD's it shoud also read cd's.?
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The DVD drive is usually held in place with two screws some-times one. These screws can be found on the underside of your laptop, the screw will be marked with a picture of a DVD/CD. Once these screws are removed the DVD can simply be pulled out and the exact replacement drive can be installed. Now reinstall the screws and bam, you're all done!
this is a very common problem... there is a lot of literature out there... thankfully your hard drive and memory aren't shot... its a glitch... here is the link to the work around http://msinfluentials.com/blogs/jesper/archive/2008/05/08/does-your-amd-based-computer-boot-after-installing-xp-sp3.aspx
You can get a drive enclosure for the SATA drive that is in the PC, and copy your files to the new PC via USB. You can get them for about $15, and it will take no more than a half hour to install. Then, after you get your files off the old drive, you can format the drive, and use it as a portable external drive that would come in handy for doing backups. Everyone should keep at least two copies of their precious files.
Turn off the Notebook remve all the peripherials, Remove battery and disconnect AC Adapter and then press and hold down power button for thirty seconds. After 30 Seconds connect Battery and Power supply as soon as you tun on the Notebook keep on hitting F10 Notebook will show BIOS then F9 Notebook will show Load Set-up Default than Hit yes and Hit F10 again it will show save Exit and chnages now that show Fix the Problem
If not than use Philip Screw Driver take out optical drive and put it back in Reinstall CD/DVD Drive drivers using Device Manager .
Thanks and Regards Neeraj Sharma HP and Compaq Notebooks Expert
hi, ipresume u have hooked it up to another PC using a external S-ATA-USB- case, so that the PC recognizes your drive as one of his, but u are unable to boot from it,as it is handled like a thumbdrive. can u access the data on the disk? if yes, make a safecopy of everything personal, you may even try to make a back-up using the win-back-up function, just to have a complete copy of the harddisk..., then format drive(blank it) and put back into laptop.Now setup a new clean copy of WINXP and yes, you may have to reinstall all the drivers+progs+private data as well...
It sounds like a hardware fault on the drive itself. The laser and focussing mechanisms are different for CDs and DVDs. The fact that the drive can read DVDs fine suggests that the laser and lenses can no longer focus correctly to deal with CDs.
Replacement of the drive would be the only fix, although you might find it a lot easier to buy an external USB DVD drive.
This situation leads me to believe that the CD or DVD drive is faulty,,or the install disc you are using is scratched or dirty. Try cleaning the disc and begin again. Another option is to take the hard drive out and using a 2.5 to 3.5 inch HD adapter ,,plug into a desktop PC as a slave. And copy your WinXp cd onto a partition on your laptop HD. Then using a Win98Se floppy boot disc you can access the winXP and install from there.