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Cd rom wont read any disks

Toshiba laptop cd stoped reading cd's need help

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  • scchatwin May 15, 2009

    I tried this but no luck. I got a disk cleaner and nothing either. wandering if the drive is bad. Also tried to uninstall the drivers and reinstall but nothing also. there no conflict in the devise manager. Yet the drive spins and trys but sometimes says insert a cd


  • scchatwin May 16, 2009

    The Computer is a Toshiba Satellite L305D-S5892 System Unit
    Model # PSLC0U-02501F


    also I think you are right about the drive being bad because someone else had me try to boot up from the very beginning by pressing F12 and booting from the CD and I couldn't get it to do that. So if anyone is trying to check there CD then before anything boots up. Then turn computer on and press F12 as it will let you and try to boot from CD with a bootable disk would be window recovery or just any windows operating disk and see if it will do that. If it won't read the CD, but you can here it and see the light working then either the the drive needs cleaned or it is bad.
    I read somewhere else that you may take a bad drive and switch on the back of it to master instead of slave may fix CD drives sometimes, but don't know how to go about that.
    Thanks for the Helping .....ps if you can't get the F12 button to do something . Push it over and over from when you first turn the computer on until it lets you look at the list where you can choose to boot from CD.




  • Ben Wabnick
    Ben Wabnick May 11, 2010

    take a slightly damp qtip and clean they eye of the drive (the laser). then take another dry qtip to dry off the laser, do all of this gently and then try different dvd's and cd's and see if the drive reads anything.




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Try cleaning the lense with a Q-tip and rubbing alcohol, if that does not help then the drive needs to be replaced you can fin it cheap on ebay bet. $25-$30 and it just swaps out.

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  • Richard Foster
    Richard Foster May 15, 2009

    Yes the drive is bad, repairing it is more expensive than the drive itself, what model is your Toshiba? I can send you a link to buy a used/like new one. And directions on replacing it.

  • Richard Foster
    Richard Foster May 19, 2009

    There are 3 different drives for your model, You'll need to Take the drive out and send me the make and model number, to do this at the bottom of the Laptop exactly where the Dvd/ drive is located you'll see a screw take it out and pull the drive forward, that's it.

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