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Cd/dvd drive wont show files

The problem i have 2 drives on my pc both play autoload programs both play music but wont show me files that i have put onto a disk i know the disk is good it works fine on my other system. Also everytime i switch on the clock is wrong i have sett correct time zone and sync with windows time so when i turn off time is correct.I am thinking posibly coms battery?
can i test this with a volt meter? if so what volts should i get? If this is the battery could this cause the problems with cd/dvd drive or do i have 2 faults?

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  • anth1 May 17, 2008

    update took out battery checked with volt meter 1.5 volts so ive got an old pc im striping for parts the battery reads 2.9 and its not been on for a good few months so i have swapt them over see how it goes. as for the drives faulty 2 of them? ive tried one of them diskdrive cleaners still no good

  • anth1 May 26, 2008

    the battery did work and it apears that i may have been trying a dvd in a cd rom drive silly me thankyou for your help

  • anth1 Oct 05, 2008

    does it spin with cd in open up try cleaning the lazer with cd cleaner and cotton bud



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I have a sony vios pent.4 w/ 2 drives . when I install a dvd it does not spin nor does it does it say that it sees it. and i played dvds befor what can i do?

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I think you have a hardware problem and need to seervice the drive, open it up and dust it out. the cmos battery shld give you 3V if its a desktop. you shld try clearing the memory with the jumper on short, then setting the time agian and see how it goes

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there are vast types of CD disks, not one stated by you
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non of that can we know, and is KEY to the best answer.
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and the drive is a DVD drive, you see fails.
if the MS orHP disk is DVD and the LT only has CD drive
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