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Dell computer cant get the cd rom drive to reconize the cd;s

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  • Anonymous Nov 16, 2007

    The D drive won't read or write. The program says that is is running properly.

  • monj1964 Nov 16, 2007

    Our D Drive won't read or burn. We have XP Professional 5100 Dimension. It worked one day and then bang nothing.



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Could be a dirty sensor. Get a can of air and try to blow it out. Might need to try that a couple of times. Try reloading the drivers for the cd. They sometimes get corrupted.

Posted on Nov 07, 2007

  • Ron Roske Nov 22, 2007

    And, a Happy Thanksgiving to each of you!
    It's a beautiful day, even though we got almost 5" of snow yesterday... ;o)

    Hey! Anyway, back to the problem at hand.

    So your drives don't work. Let's take this from the ground up. There are a limited number of things that will cause a cd reader/burner not to work.
    The cd unit itself, the mechanical/electrical interface between the computer and cd unit,the software drivers that allow the computer to recognise and operate the cd unit, the software package that actually tells the cd unit what it should be doing, and cd media itself.

    1-As to the cd unit itself. It could of course be broken. This doesn't happen too often, but does happen. In that case, the drive would have to be replaced. That might be caused by the lazer going bad, or an actual internal mechanical problem. Additionally, because it uses sensors that may be mechanical or optical, foreign material or dust may cause a problem. And that is where the can of compressed air comes in. Using the air to blow out the cd unit will often resolve that problem.
    2-The mechanical interface may also be the problem. The contacts on the connector may be dirty or damaged. Pulling the cd unit and inspecting the contacts might show any problems in regards to damage. Removing the cd unit for inspection of the connector will also make you reseat the unit when you place it back in the computer. That action alone should take care of any dirt or dust that may have gotten on the contacts.
    3-The software drivers are more commonly the problem. The computer doesn't recognize the drive, or doesn't recognize it properly. This is usually resolved by refreshing the drivers. The drivers are refreshed by removing them and reinstalling them.
    4-An even more common problem seems to lie in the cd drive software package itself. These can get corrupted or be set up incorrectly. This can usually be resolved by deleting and reinstalling the software package. Then, double check to assure yourself that it is set up correctly.
    5-Finally, you would be surprised at how many of these types of failures are caused by using the wrong media type. Double check that the type of cd that you are using is the type that works with your unit. Additionally, verify that the cd that you are inserting is not scratched or damaged.

    If any of the above mentioned 5 items don't fix the problem that you are having, then your drive has a very unusual issue, or is or is possessed.

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