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Dell dimension 8250 optical drives not working

Help! My DVD and CD/RW drives both don't work. The problem started suddenly about a week ago. I can open and close the drives via the buttons on the front. The device manager listings show the drives to be present, but with yellow exclamation points. Clicking on these results in a failed attempt to load the Windows troubleshooter. What next?


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  • OttoKunz Mar 01, 2008

    I'm running Windows XP Professional, ver. 5.1.2600.

    We tried removing the upper and lower filters, but it didn't work. The tech who helped with this was surprised it didn't, and gave up after a few hours of whatever else he could think of.

    I'd like to try reinstalling the operating system, but because the problem is with the optical drives I would be using to load it, it is possible that the installation would fail and I would be left with a large paperweight instead of a computer. The tech (a friend who does network support at a local university) said that this had happened to him recently and didn't recommend trying it.

    Thanks again very much for any other ideas you might have.


  • OttoKunz Mar 13, 2008

    Thank you very much for your help. The drives work now. We unplugged and reseated the cables and then reinstalled the operating system. This seemed to work at first but then the problem resumed. We then upgraded Windows Media Player to version 11, which finally seems to have fixed the problem.

    Chimpster, I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Thanks again.

  • OttoKunz Mar 13, 2008

    Which solution helped? Probably they both did, but the main issue seems to have been that some piece of software overwrote some critical registry entry or entries. I suspect either winamp or realplayer, both of which insisted that I upgrade them to fix "security problems" that were not defined. When I gave Microsoft media player a heavy club and told it to make itself my primary player, it reset whatever had been unset, and now I can run again.

    As an epilogue, I've given up on both winamp and realplayer, switching instead to iTunes, which works just fine.

    Thanks again!


  • Alexander Kogl May 11, 2010

    What version of Windows are you running?



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May I suggest using a laser cleaner cd? Also open your case and unplug everything, followed by a thorough Air Dusting. After you've finished air dusting everything, plug everything back in and give it a shot!

Please let me know if this helps, and sorry for the late response. My friend's father died and its been a heck of a month. Take care!

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  • Alexander Kogl Mar 13, 2008

    Which solution helped? Mine or the other guy? Or both?

    (I'm confused) :)

  • Alexander Kogl Mar 13, 2008

    I'm glad. It's good to know which solutions work, not in a competitive manner by any means, but rather to learn for the next time. Nice working with you!


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I believe it's ms windows issues. you can reload the operating system. it will solve your problem.
2nd option is try to follow this step from ms

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