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The disk drive will not read cds or burn cds

I can't install anything via cd or burn a cd

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Get inside the drive, and gain access to the laser. Your goal with be to make sure the laser optics are clear of lint and dust. I use a toothpick and some paper towel wrapped around the tip of the toothpick. I dampen the tip with Windex and swab the lens well, the put a dry piece wrapped on the toothpick to dry the lens. You may need a new drive. Lasers do burn out within a few years. Let me know if you need more.

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Hi aek001, thank you for using fixya.

there is a strong possibility that either the lens or the drivers of the drive has been damaged.

you may get this isolated by getting the latest driver pack for your Inspiron 6000 which can be downloaded from Dell's website. better if you have your machine registered because you will have better flexibility on the downloads you need.

On the angle that the lens is damaged, there is a strong possibility that it is since the driver cannot read any CD that you put in it. you can have this isolated by forcing the CD to read an OS cd.

hope this helps

-mox

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Reset the system by doing a power reset first then try.

Posted on Jan 04, 2009

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    Maanita Chadha Jan 04, 2009

    May be you need to install the cd driver, please check the bios if the cd device is not disabled if yes then enable it first.

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