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Dvd drive hey, my dvd drive is not working. I watch a lot off movies on it. when i insert a dvd its not reading it. tried to clean with alcohol and q tip. drive make chirpy noise. message reads please insert dvd.

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Dvd drive is FUBAR. Get a new one.

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Msi a6200 won't read ANY discs lately.....not sure what or where to start any info would help.

It seems like you have a hardware issue, clean lens with rubbing alcohol and a Q-Tip gently, allow several minutes to dry, if no change, remove screw from the bottom where the drive is and take it out, now reseat it back in place, if still the same go to Type: make and model of laptop, refine search to cd/dvd driver.

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Mini cd wont load in dvd drive

try cleaning the lens with a q-tip and alcohol

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My dell latitude D505 HL-DT ST DVD ROM GRD8082N will not read any cds. It is an old computer. My daughter likes to use it for games but it woun't read any cd.

Did it read before?If it did then try cleaning the eye with a little alcohol and a q-tip.Be sure to lightly dampen the q-tip make sure it isn't soaked.Then ever so gently rub the eye counter clock wise then clock wise.Wait a`minute or so then do it again.Try inserting a DVD or CD and see if it will now read it.If it doesn't then do it one more time.If after the repetitions of cleaning it still doesn't read, then maybe the DVD/CD your using could be corrupt.Try different dics, known to work, to test the reading of the drive.If the drive,after the above steps are taken still doesn't read then the drive may need to be replaced.Mind you that this should help if it read CDs before.

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Acer aspire 3690, my cd-rom will play movies, audio and some old games can be read but mostly refuses to read most of my game disks now, any ideas??

Try an external DVD drive that you can connect to your USB port. The drive you have in the laptop either has a dirty laser lens, which you can carefully clean with a "Q" and alcohol, or the laser itself may be going out. The drive can be replaced. You mentioned you have a cd-rom. If you can play movies (DVD) it is more likely a DVD drive instead of a cd-rom. CD-ROMs can only read data or music.

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Computer does not read CDs, but does read DVDs. The drive makes this repeated noise as if it is trying to read it, but never does.

This is a problem with the reading lens in your DVD combo drive. Suggestions: AT YOUR OWN RISK
Get a lens cleaner CD (Best Solution). If you dont have one grab a cue tip and some rubbing alcohol and dip the cue tip in it. Dab it a bit so it's not soaking wet with the alcohol. Then open dvd ram drive's trap and rub the laser lens with the cue tip. Test now.

If al fails, you probbaly need to get your drive replaced if its still inder warranty.

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Aspire 5920G cd drive not working

You can try to gently clean the lens with a Q-tip and some rubbing alcohol, take note not to apply pressure so you do nto scratch the lens. If that fails take a can or air and blow on the optical pick up from the sides to clear out any dust. If this fails you can remove the drive by undoing a screw on the bottom and then making sure all the connectors are clean by using the same q-tip method remember to allow it to dry. If this does not work power up the laptop without the drive inserted into the machine and then power it down " to clear the device " and then reinsert the disk drive back in and reboot, this will reset the drive perameters. If this does not work you may need a new drive or to have that one looked at and rebuilt. Let me know if this works.

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DVD drive

Does a CD work?

also what kind of a DVD is it? A movie? A empty disc?

Whats the brand and model of the laptop?

try cleaning the lens with a Q-tip and alcohol 70% or use just water on the other end of the q-tip to carefully clean it and dry it with the other end, I've done that a few times myself with just water not having the aclhol around.

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Can play cd's but not dvd's, just a rythmic wirring sound and green activity light


just looking at the specifications, it should work with All CD's and Read Normal DVD discs, the movies that you can rent and buy from any store but it appears its a combo drive (Cd burner, and a DvD reader) It will only read DVD-rom and maybe few other things but it wont play any r or rw dvd's. It might also read already burned dvd r and rw discs but it wont read a empty one.

if it won't read any dvd's it could be a dirty lens. here's a video on the cleaning, its annoyingly loud but shows how to clean the lens with rubbing alcohol.

may want to turn the volume down in advance:

its for a ps2 but the drive is basically the same, and you would clean the lens in the same way.

let me know how that goes.

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My cd dvd drive can't read disks

Try a damp q-tip with glass cleaner and gently wipe off the laser of the drive. This will make sure there is no dust or dirt affecting the laser.

If this doesn't do the trick then the drive is bad and would need to be replaced.

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Inspiron 6000 dvd rom

Before you try to replace that drive you may want to consider cleaning the laser on the drive. Its failry simple, especially since its a laptop disk drive, which are generally made the same and will cost fare less than replacing the drive. Drives tend to go bad after a couple of years collecting dust, simply because of dust covering the lens, impairing its ability to read anything.

All you'll need is;
Some Q-Tips probably one or two.
Rubbing Alcohol. (More Alcohol, less water, the better)
Compressed Air.

The Following is a picture of my own laptop Disk Drive, view it if you want to get an idea what the laser should look like.

Turn OFF your computer before procedding!

1) Open you disk drive, using the compressed air to remove any lightly placed dust from the drives surface. Give the interiore a blast as well.
2) Take your Q-Tips and slightly moisten them with the rubbing alcohol, if they are dripping wet try to take out some of the moisture. You can use water for this as well, but I highly suggest rubbing alcohol.
3) Take your alcohol covered Q-Tip and gently press it against the laser a few times. Let the alcohol sit for a few minutes and clean up any remaining moisture with the dry end of the Q-Tip. Wait a few more minutes, alowing any alcohol you couldn't get up to evaporate, it dries pretty quickly.
4) Insert a disk and test it out.

5) Downloading and installing new drivers never hurt either.
You'll want to look under CD/DVD and select your operating system above.

If this doesn't work for you or you don't whish to try this at all the best place to look is here. Under parts and upgrades or you could call/email/live chat their tech support.

Jan 02, 2009 | Dell Inspiron 6000 Notebook

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