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DVD player and CD player stop reading discs.

I live on a Welsh mountain and it is cold and damp in my room when I am away - which I have been for two months. Neither my CD player nor the DVD player on my computer will recognise they have discs in them - discs that I know work because I have tried them before and after elsewhere. Presumably this is condensation on the lens? How do I fix it?

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  • Maes Gwyn Mar 06, 2008

    I tried the hair-dryer on both CD player and computer. Well, the CD player now works fine. But the DVD player on my computer now won't shut its tray. There is s whirring motor noise, but nothing happens. I'm not sure how to rate this one!

  • Maes Gwyn Mar 08, 2008

    Dear Mike,
    I hope that helps! I certainly do appreciate your help and advice, which I realise is given generously at your own expense. I could not get that advice anywhere else that I am aware of.
    So, the DVD on the computer now works. But the CD player has stopped working again.
    I have been back in this place for a month with the heating on and, although it is extremely wet and windy outside, I am quite comfortable in here. Having blow-dried the CD player and left it switched on on the floor, which is underfloor heated, for hours, I put it back on its shelf, which is in the warmest part of the room (no external walls etc). I play some music, switch it off, then a few minutes later switch it on again - and 'no disc'. Is there anything I can do, short of moving to the South of France?
    I promise not to give 'inappropriate' or 'thanks but no thanks'.

    Alex, Maes Gwyn



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try opening the Drive Trays, and hold a hot air dryer about 2-3 feet away for about 15-20 Minutes, Aim the dryer towards the opened trays. close the trays reboot the computer.
If still not working, i,d suggest putting a laser head cleaner in, and getting some more heat for your House.
Computers do usually tend to function much better at Room Temprature.
Hope this solves your problem.
Mike @ Compurepair.

Posted on Feb 22, 2008

  • Mike Waldron Mar 06, 2008


    If you,d rated it A little Better, I,d have told you how to do that Too. Anyway being the kind of guy i am, and not completely satisfied with the rating, as i feel i solved your Problem.

    Just physically push the DVD Drawer in.

    It,s as simple as That. Just 1 point i,d like to Make.

    The rating system on Fixya, either promotes Or demotes An experts Status. I don,t think users realise This. Too many thanks For trying Or inappropriates, Can make a competant expert look like a complete Novice. as most of the Advice given on here, Is Free and at the expense of the Expert, i.e Time-Knowledge And on-line Time. I think we as experts sharing our knowledge and wisdom Deserve a little More respect. and appreciation from Users.

    p.s good-luck and keep your room at a stable warm-temprature to avoid further problems.

    Mike @ compurepair.



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