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Disk read error.

I have the thick on man. With only 8 screws on the back.

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You can try this sometimes it works .if it does not your laser is no good..if you are confident to pull the top off do this. .now take the cover of the dvd rom(laser ).you will see the laser ...if you can keep outer cover hooked up so you can hit the eject button to open draw..be very careful of the power supply..if you touch anything in there you can get electicuted..now see the laser it may have a plastic cover over it (depends on model)..the little round eye is the lense...get a cotton bud ,wet with your saliva gently lift up the lense (gently ) insert cotton bud under the top eye and clean around it..(gently)..dont force anything..when done reassemble and test .this sometimes works .a lot dont know that there are 2/lasers in these (keep to yourself )

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