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Won't read any disc

When I put a blank CDR for making a music cd, the drive tries to spin up then stops. After a few minutes, the LED blinks three times and then three times more. The system never sees that a disc has been inserted...dirty lens or bad spin motor? Thanks!

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  • ned4879 Mar 28, 2008

    i have the same problem,when i insert a blank cd-r it says please insert a writtable disc.it makes some constant cracking noises for and then tries to read it and thats it,it just stops.when i put audio cd which i have burned before it plays them.

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Could be dirty lens. I'd almost bet bad run of CD-r's though. Does the drive recognize finished cd's? If so it the CDr's.

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