Question about LG GMA-4020B Super-Multi DVD-RAM/R/RW&CD-R/RW Writer, Original Retail (DVDRRW4020B) Burner
Before you attempt to repair it (I agree, unlikely to be cost effective), consider buying a CD/DVD Lens cleaning kit and follow the instructions to clean any potential dust build up on the lenses.
I think this to be a more likely explanation for the problems you're having, than a worn out part. If, like most people, you do do not periodically "spring clean" the inside of your PC, the amount of dust that can build up is quite surprising. Once dust gets inside the lenses of Optical Drives, performance can rapidly deteriorate.
Dust also affects the performance of all moving components and vital cooling functions inside PCs. Regular spring cleaning and lens cleaning are high in the list of sensible precautions a user can take to extend the life span of a PC and its internal components.
If lens cleaning does not solve the problem (likely if you've left it too late), then the purchase will not have been wasted. I strongly recommend buying a new, state-of-the-art, multi-format DVD-RW. Regular use of the the lens cleaner plus the internal spring cleaning will help preserve the new drive's life.
The only valid reason I can think of to attempt to repair the damaged drive, if cleaning it doesn't work, would be to add to your range PC hardware repair skills. Otherwise, repair will almost certainly prove to be the more expensive option, with the added possibility of error in ordering the correct components. Although the internal componentry of conventional optical IDE (previous platform) and SATA (current platform) drives follows a standard engineering framework, there is a huge variation in the design of individual brands and models. This means that the component parts designed for one particular drive are not necessarily an identical match for those of another.
Posted on Jun 12, 2008
after 2 years use. dependant upon how many disks have been read/written. the drive will have worn out.
the main problem will be the laser head.
but also consider that the motor-laser-rails et,c. have all undergone extreme usage.
if you want or are competant to repair this. i,d suggest a new laser replacement. a laser guide. this is a plastic piece that moves the laser backwards/forward on the laser rails.
the job itself is not a massive one, however when you purchased the drive, it may have been around £80 or $150.
a suitable replacement brand new drive, is now only about £25-$50. recommend pioneer 112.
the answer to your question, is yes the drive is repairable, but probably not cost efficient.
Mike @ Compurepair.
Posted on Jun 12, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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