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I have just bought a secondhand Sony VAIO desktop model (like the one at the top of your web page). Unfortunately, the dvd drive will not read a disc (even though the seller tells me that Windows was loaded using the recovery disc - which is badly scratched). I have tried other discs, but nothing happens. How can I find out if this is the drive at fault, or a software problem?

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Hi, You check with other system by this drive. after changing if not working, change data cable power cable. fell free to contact me. Rgds, Manjunath

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