Question about Sony CRX320AE CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive
First, have you used eject of operating system, under computer then choosing drive, right click then enter eject. Does this work, ejecting tray from drive?
If this operation works, then your problem is one of two issues which is causing a connection failure. First using an air can with hose, the thin red or white one that cam with it when purchased. Blast air around the outer edges of button on multi drive face, see if some dust or airborne contaminate has blocked connection. If this doesn’t work, in addition you are unable to survive use operating system to operate this function, then you have to open tower and remove the multi drive and the face plate of this multi drive should be interchangeable for color matching to different towers. Slowly pull off face plate carefully so not to break it. Inspect the multi drive and clean accordingly with air or a clinging swab, it’s like a long Q-Tip. Denatured alcohol works well to remove contaminates and if you are without testing connections, a USB kit with power supply? The only way to check if your cleaning was successful is to reinstall it. Removal & installation is provided at the end of this message.
If operating system does not eject tray, and if it is not on warranty, junk it, buy a new one. This is a much cheaper then a labor intensive check of electronics. Even replacing button, is costly compared to purchasing a new unit.
Plus while removing multi drive, which is absolutely simple and not to be feared, easier on laptop, notebook then PC, but both are simple a five year old can do it. But you’re on a PC desktop, so if you’re already familiar you might get lucky and find it was a plug loses. Hay I always think positive even if the odds are better to win the lottery.
Open tower and remove the power supply the connector remembering to reverse install starting with connecter the power supply. Ok on each side of drive, you should see the mounting clips which are unlocked by an opposite pulling towards each clip and pull up and out. Then use a Philips screw driver and remove clips from the sides of the multi drive. Either IDD or SATA connection used depends when your computer was manufactured. IDD is cheaper then SATA, not a big spread but 10 to 20 dollars usually.
Not sure whether IDD or SATA , the best thing is take it with you and go to Comp USA, these guys are really aggressively priced for volume sales rather then the others who can be significantly higher. Bring your Multi Drive with you and they can either replace the exact unit or with a compatible to your system and OME manufacturer of system unit. PC is more receptive to a new drive then a notebook, these usually require a specific drive which can be one of maybe three or four certain drives that are compatible to OEM Programming coexisting with windows.
I must warn you that if you are not comfortable with dismantling you multi drive, don’t, it’s actually cheaper to buy a new one then to fix one. 30 to 40 dollars no more then 100 dollars, But for blue ray I have seen anywhere between 100 to 200 depending on where bought and final manufacturer, this is because some brands like HP and Sony also use Panasonic, liteon, Matshita and others then one they have manufactured.
Posted on Jun 08, 2010
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