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CD Drive I've never had any problems with my D drive before, until recently - I have tried to run several different CDs, none of which have worked. When I insert a CD into the drive, it acts like it might start spinning, but never really gets going all the way. Then if I try to manually open the drive from "My Computer," it does not recognize that there is a CD in the drive. I have tried multiple CDs and have had the same problem with all of them. My computer was manufactured in November of 2005. Thanks for the help! Erin

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  • garysfisher Mar 22, 2009

    Hi There, I have the same problem. It seems that the drive is simply pants!



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Im having the same problem and this really sucks im glad im not the only person

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I have an HP pavillion ZV5255US that has the toshiba SD-6252 DVD RW burner in it. I has been broken for over 2 years. The system says it is working but it does not read or recognize anything. I am convinced it is not software. It must be the hardware. Possibly the laser is not working. I have worked around it by buying an external USB DVD burner. The only problem is that you can not run recovery discs with a USB drive. I am now looking for a replacement drive.

Good luck

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This sounds almost too familiar is it a LG drive?
is anyone aware of a trojan or a virus that can knock out a dvd drive?

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