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Cd drive wont read discs and downloading driver fixes didn't help. Do I need a new drive?

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    Kevin Kraft Jan 04, 2011

    Have you tried both commercially-produced and burned disks or just burned ones? Are you trying to read DVDs in a CD Drive?

    If you have tried various different disk types, perhaps reseating the drive will work if it's removable.

    -Kevin

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Try cleaning the lens with a lint free cloth and a little alcohol, if that doesn't work chances are the drive is US

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