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Not Reading Disc

My burner was working fine for over a year recording dvd/cd's but within the last wk now anytime i stick any sort of disc in my drive it doesn't read it. When i look at my dvd drive from my computer it looks like there's no media inserted in the drive but there is. Whether it's blank or has something on it it's not getting read. How can i fix this problem?

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Probably a broken / misaligned laser. Could also be a bad internal motor, can you hear it spinning when you insert a disc? Theres not a ton you can do really, if you're really skilled and have a lot of time you can realign the laser with a digital multimeter and a screw driver, but you have to be very technically inclined. You're better off purchasing a new one. Newegg.com sells dvd burner for less than 30 dollars new. I hope this has explained your question in detail. If I've helped you please don't forget to rate me. Peter

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