Question about Computers & Internet

1 Answer

DVDRW will not read CDs

My dvd-rw combo drive will not read cds any longer. Sometimes it does (i.e. after 200 tries). It will read any DVD and also write DVDs. How do I get it to read CDs again?

Posted by on

  • 2 more comments 
  • jcyoung Dec 08, 2007

    I've already tried all this, pluse:

    (1) Repairing my game CDs

    (2) Cleaning the drive with Canned Air

    (3) Reattaching the IDE cable

    What I'd like to know is why it works on occasion (i.e. the 200th time I mentioned before) for CDs and works perfectly for DVDs. It seems to have a better hit ration with Audio CDs (i.e. 1 in 50 tries).

    Oh, and when I used the CD cleaner, it actually played the CD audio as it was supposed to, but to no avail with any other CDs. I'm assuming it's a software problem if that's the case.

    Does anyone else have any suggestions?

  • jcyoung Dec 09, 2007

    It's a desktop. But why would the DVD function work (and the CD function on occasion) if it was a ribbon cable?

  • Anonymous Jan 04, 2008

    my dvd-rw combo drive will not read cds. It will read and DVDand also write DVDs. How do I get it to read CDs again?

  • adino663 Dec 07, 2008

    My cd/dvd drive used to work but now there's no reading at all. The troubleshooting guide says the drive is missing or damaged. How do I replace it?



1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.


    An expert that hasĀ over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 21 Answers

1)right clik on my computer
go to
device manager
clik on cdrom
uninstall it then re-install it
after reinstall try using the drive

2)update windows ,use custom and see if it finds an updated driver,if it does or doesnt update windows anyhow.
after you restart the computer try using the rom drive.

if that doesnt work;

go buy a cd/dvd rom cleaning disk at your local electronics store and use it.

if all this doesnt work;
buy a new rom drive

Posted on Dec 08, 2007

  • mark lewis Dec 09, 2007

    is this a desktop or laptop?

    if its a laptop:

    is the rom drive held in by a screw? and if so is it present?

    other than that a connection may be loose

    if its a desktop:

    get a new ribbon cable

    as far as cd repairs ive tried both disk dr. the crank version and the motorized version ,theyre really not that good. theyre repair ratio is a hit n miss also



1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

2 Answers

I have a dvd/cd SD-R6252 unit in my r3000 compaq presario. I've burned CDa but cannot burn a DVD. I think I know the answer but I want to be sure is this unit capable of burning DVDs?

Hi, well ur DVD\CDRW drive is a combo drive. It can play CDs\DVDs but burns only CDs as it's NOT a DVDrw @ the same time. It won't burn a DVD.

.... In future I propose u either to replace the drive by a DVDRW or u may buy an external slim dvdrw if u want to keep ur existing drive as well. 2nd solution is best BTW.

Feb 08, 2010 | Compaq Presario R3000 Notebook

1 Answer

This drive reads a dvd but not cds. do you have

may be it's only a DVD ROM drive not a combo,
you will need a combo to read both DVD and CD
if it was reading CDs earlier then the CDs might have scratch in them, try with new CD.
did u make changes to the cables inside, if you did check if the cabels are connected properly to the drive

Dec 06, 2009 | Sony DDU1613 16X DVD-ROM Drive, Black...

1 Answer

Reads cds and dvds, but won't burn to them

Your drive can only burn CDs, not DVDs. To burn CDs you need to purchase a blank CD-R or CD-RW at a local computer store. You can burn a CD-R only once but a CD-RW can erased and written upon many time.
Try Nero software for burning.

Sep 19, 2009 | HP (377402-B21) CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive

1 Answer

My dvd rw drive no longer reads dvds

try to load this software, this should allow you to play DVD in windows media player

Jun 10, 2009 | Computers & Internet

1 Answer

My DVD/CD-ROM can not read dvds

DVD/CD-RW combo drives are capable of reading the DVD's but cannot burn so try playing a DVD with some content on it also Download VLCPLAYER 
from :
if you don't have a DVD player already on your system. As far as CDs are concerned it can both read and write to CDs

Feb 01, 2009 | LG GCC4522B CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive

2 Answers


no you want a dvdrw or dvd burner
combo only burns cd's and reads dvd's(not write/burn)

Jan 05, 2009 | Samsung (SHM522CBEWN) CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo...

1 Answer

Samsund cd rw drive not able to read cds. though there is power light blinking on drive

samsund cd rw drive not able to read cds. though there is power light blinking on drive

Feb 07, 2008 | Samsung (SH-M522C/BEBN) CD-RW/DVD-ROM...

4 Answers

Cant play DVD on CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive

Assuming you have tried different makes of cd or dvd disks, it's a classic drive failure problem where the laser can no longer burn or read dvd's, but may still be able to read cd's only. You will have to replace the drive, they are quite inexpensive, and very easy to fit.

Aug 10, 2007 | Samsung (SHM522CBEWN) CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo...

1 Answer

Cd rw/dvd combo drive GCC-4242N WRITING PROBLEM

what brand , model number, and operating system you are using,,,

Jun 30, 2007 | LG (GCC4243N) CD-RW/DVD-ROM (Combo) Burner

2 Answers

Not reading DVD

It's common problem with combo drives in notebooks, they don't seem to last long. Try this:- Go to my computer>properties>hardware>device manager and look down the list for your cd/dvd drives and click the '+' sign then highlight your dvd drive and right click to delete. Restart the pc and windows will find the drive again automatically and install the drivers. If the problem persists the laser is faulty in the drive and the drive will need to be replaced.

Mar 07, 2007 | Sony CRX830E CD-RW/DVD-ROM (Combo) Burner

Not finding what you are looking for?
Computers & Internet Logo

Related Topics:

509 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Computers & Internet Experts

Doctor PC
Doctor PC

Level 3 Expert

7733 Answers


Level 3 Expert

102366 Answers

David Payne
David Payne

Level 3 Expert

14162 Answers

Are you a Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides