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My screen keeps telling me to insert a disc and there is one there could it be a problem with the tower

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  • ericago Mar 16, 2008

    thank you for the infor tomorrow i'll run it in town and let them check it for me as it is new it has the sonic digitalmediav7 maybe i wore it out already haha


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How old is this computer? If it is brand new, then you should be able to send it back to Dell (assuming that is the brand) for a replacement. If it is an old one, don't start worrying about the ENTIRE tower, because it is most likely that only the drive is failing. If I were you, I'd start by replacing the CD drive. By the way, what is the drive exactly? Does it say stuff on it like, CD 54X, DVD+/- compatible, etc. etc. etc... If you don't want to replace the drive yourself, then just take it down to your neighborhood computer store and ask them to replace it with exactly the same type. If you want me to give you a tutorial on how to replace the drive yourself, let me know.

Posted on Mar 16, 2008

  • Matthew Haynie
    Matthew Haynie Mar 16, 2008

    I've even had drives COME broken...


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