The dvd rom failed so i brought a new one it worked but every time i restart it dosent recognise it (it was a faster speed and therefore slightly different), so i think i would have to flash the bios? but as i was about to try this the hard drive failed aswell so i now have both new parts but i cant put the OS back on to the hard drive because no dvd, any way i can get the dvd to work and then put on the OS many thanks in advance.
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I think dear speed of proccessor and the speed of you DVD ROM is deferent that is, you proccessor is faster than your cd rom or vice-versa is also possible, I would rather suggest you to know the speed your old DVD ROM and get another of same speed like old one, or just try changing cable of your old DVD rom and use it.
Does it have a DVD Rom drive? check the "About this mac" section and look under ide drives. you should see something that reads DVD-ROM. If not then it won't play movies. As for youtube, its at the most a 466 Mhz laptop, if you're watching it over wireless its only 802.11.b so you're running out of machine, you need a faster one.
Your machine has more than enough specs to to the job
DVD's speeds are preset by the dvd itself under normal circumstances so trying to change speed may well cause it to fail.
If your dvd says 16x then the burning program will sense that and adjust accordingly.
If you try to burn faster the speed listed on your dvd then it is almost certain to fail.
Nero has tools that help to set it up for the drive that it is going to burn with nero speed and the info tool that usually ships with nero will run diagnostics on the drive and save these setting to use with the burning side of the programs.
I would suggest you re-set anything you might have changed in nero then run the tools and try again.
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It may be really dirty or just to old or has had laser failure.
There cheap these days, and CD drive with DVD Rom reading ability are like $20 to $30 depending on speed and brand.
A DVD/CD RW writer reader are also getting cheaper, around $60 and up usually.
And some advice. Dont by HP Pavilions. I've worked on alot and i find they have outdated parts cuz there remanufactured from older computers and you have a hard time upgrading due to hard to find drivers
If you put a disk in and all it does is click several times, it's more than likely the spindle motor. It's best just to replace the DVD drive. Recording in the default high speed
mode tends to cause the spindle motor to fail over time. Usually in a very short period of time. It's best to set your record speed to the standard mode to avoid premature failure of the spindle motor.