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The cd-rom drive in my computer has stopped working all of a sudden. The cables inside the tower are all connected however it does not recognize a disc being in the cd-rom drive! I also get a warning that the drive or device is not ready and I can only close out of the window. Can someone please help me understand what is going on and what I need to do?

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Try to read another cd, maybe the cd is broken.. if not, try the cd to another cd rom, if it works, replace your cd rom drive, maybe its broken.. =)

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Replace the Cd-rom drive, sounds like you may have a bad spindle motor and or Laser assembly. Cd-roms are very cheap these days, and you might consider replacing it with a DVD drive instead, which is downward compatiable.

Posted on Sep 28, 2009

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