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My cd/dvd drive is unable to detect any cd/dvd.acer aspire 4520

I have tried everything.. formatting hard disk, installing fresh windows.I read about deleting upper & lowerfilter in Registry editor, but mine doesnt have any upper or lower filter!
my Friend have the same problem with acer 4520. undetected dvd drive and sound (sound on bluetooth device only) from BIOS and also from windows. acer centre suggest us to replace the motherboard. what kind of **** laptop is this?

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I do have the same problem, my laptop doesnt detects the DVD writer, checked with the acer support, asked me to check the motherboard and may need to change that.

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Operating System Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium Processor AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor TK-57 (512KB L2 cache, 1.9GHz) Chipset NVIDIA nForce 610M Memory 1GB (1GB installed in one of two memory slots) DDR2 667 SDRAM User upgradeable up to 4GB (one 2GB memory card in each slot)* subject to availability of 2GB cards
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