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I have two sony laptops, vgn-n31 and vgn-fs515h. vgn-n31 dvd/cd drive developed a fault when i removed it. so i thought i would replace the drive with that from my other laptop ( which is completely compatible). this second drive has also developed a fault. the funny thing is that both drives are being recognised by the operating, and both drives seem to be identical in terms of fault. FAULT:- when a cd or dvd is inserted, it starts to go through the motion of trying to load the disc. it spins for a few seconds then makes a loud clicking sound. when i open the dvd drive, the optical laser is always at the outer rim of the drive. this is exactly the same on both drives. drivers are installed and the dvd/cd drives are recognised. the only thing i can think of is that maybe when i removed the drives i may have lost some kind of software that was on the actual dvd/cd drive itself. please help. many thanks knights1234

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Hi. Check the transport mechanism of the laser head. The transport can get stuck with dust, hair or vibration. If the transport is stuck, the drive still appear but can't read the CD because the lens is not moving properly.

Clean the area around the lens with cotton buds (be careful not to scratch the lens). Move the lens mechanism away from the center (use a plastic paper clip, slide gently). Place a DVD/CD disc and reboot your laptop. The DVD will auto align the drive during boot-up.

Good luck.

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