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Combo drive not working

My combo drive is not reading any cds, dvds, software, mp3, anything?

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  • sumrani1 May 29, 2008

    i think the lens doesnt slide up and down. i tried manually moving it but it only showed the files on an audio cd. when i tried playing it no sound came out

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When a rom cat read anything then that means maybe the cable is bad,if the cable is good then u can adjust the variable resistor under the lens then if that doesnt work then u can change the rom but i believed that adjusting the lens variable resistor will solve the problem.

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Plz try cleaning the rom with lens cleaner if the problem persists you can try by changing the datacable,if the problem remains then you have to change the rom

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if you are good at opening then open the combo drive and clean the lens once by using some lens cleaner solution and then refit it it should work ...

if you still persist the problem then think that the life of the combo drive is getting down and the time to purchase new one is getting nearer ..

after some days your combo drive will fail to read the cds but it will read occasionally for some days after that it will not read anything that s because the lens is becoming weaker ...

at the cost of replacing the lens you can purchase the new dvd writer ...

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