Question about E-Machines emachines (emachinees) CD-ROM Drive
I've come to the conclusion that I need to replace them & found instructions for how to take the tower apart & install the new drives, I just have one question. After seeing how many other people have had this same problem with EMachines, I don't think I want to get new drives made by the same manufacturer. Do I have to get a certain kind or is there one that you recommend that is more reliable?
Hi, firstly please make sure that you are not voiding any warranty you may have with the machine by opening it yourself.
secondly there are'nt any particular brands, as such, that I would necessarily recommend as when all issues are taken into account the average generic unit sold in your local computer shop will give you longstanding value for money. In all my PC's I have only ever had 2 drives fail over the years, usually the PC becomes terribly archaic and dies long before the CD drive. lol
So if you have a fairly up to date machine then my suggestion would be to buy the latest generic DVD burner unit. You can get a very nice duel layer DVD burner for about AU$70 at the moment.
Before you buy open your machine and check the cable configuration just to make sure you have the correct cable types when you are at the store.
Then before you remove the drive follow each cable so that you know exactly where everything goes. Sometimes its a good idea to take photos if your not confident.
Unplug only the ones you really need to and take care to pull in a straight direction when unplugging.
Familiarize yourself with how the cable plugs in before you install the new drive, be VERY careful to align the cable nice and straight with all the pins so as not to bend or snap any.
If you do bend one and you have to straighten it only make one or two attempts to to straighten it, try pushing it back and then use the cable by plugging it in to get the pin back where it should be because the more you try to straighten it the more likely you are to snap it off then you will be in sorts of trouble.
When you have done installing the drive, carefully go all around the PC and gently make sure that all cables and plugs are properly pushed in, also make sure that any installed cards, video or sound etc are nice and secure and straight in there slots and also the memory sticks.
The reason for this is that so many times people install something new and when they start the machine something doesn't work and they panic and think they have wrecked something and all it is is a loose connection.
Hope that helps and let me know how you go.
Posted on Jul 17, 2008
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Click on Start, Run, and type regedit and press Enter
Click on the plus signs (+) next to the following folders
This folder is the DVD/CD-ROM Drive Class Description in the registry. Look for any of the following names in the right hand column.
If any of the above keys shown in step 4 are listed, right-click on them and choose Delete
After deleting the keys, close the registry editor
Reboot your computer
Open My Computer and check to see if your CD or DVD drives have returned. You may also want to open Device Manager and verify that the yellow exclamation and error code on the CD or DVD drive is gone.
hope this helps
if this fails to fix the problem
It could be a problem with the lens you could use a liquid type lens cleaner place 2-3 drops on top of a cd/dvd then run it if this fails
the lens it's already gone bad there is no harm in trying If you take a little risk can solve . follow the instruction: Don't panic its very simply. 1. When running your pc , open the drawer.> 2. switch off the ac power 3. remove power cable & sata or pata cable 4. remove all the screw from the back side 5. press clip to open the font panel 6. reverse the cd/dvd rw 7. just remove the cover 8. clean the optical lance 9. use a little( not much )oil place on two steel shaft 10.cover all the equipment 11.now you can fit to your pc Ifit does the same problem please change the cd/dvd rw because the lance has defected
hope this helps
if there is a small hole on the panel of your dvd drive push a straightened paper clip inside until you feel it press down this will open up the drive
if your computer came with a motherboard disk the drivers could be on it
click start control panel administrative tools computer management device manager scroll down cd dvdrom drives if you see a yellow question or exclamation mark? ! or a red x right click you will need to update the driver or
select properties general troubleshoot, select driver click to reinstall drivers click update driver
you might have to physically unplug the leads for this cd/dvd restart your computer then plug them back this should activate the found new hardware wizard
hope this helps
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