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The cd/dvd drive does not work it does not even come up in my computer

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  • Dan Storer May 11, 2010

    What model of PC is this that is having trouble?

    Have you checked in Device Manager to verify the drive is shwoing up?

    Have you looked in Computer Management to make sure cd/dvd is getting drive letter assigned?



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Check for its proper connectivity from motherboard , if ok, replace cd/dvd drive

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your dvd drive has become lost the potential to read DVD...but still it will read all kinds of CDs....try cleaning the dvd lens once using lens cleaner....
if it still does not read then you need to buy a new dvd writer...
it is not recommended to repair the old one....
it will not work good even after servicing,it may work for one or two times again it will not work....
new dvd writer for desktop computer will cost around 1100rupees....
for laptops you it will cost even more....
its better to buy an external dvd drives in that case for laptops....

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My cd drive shows empty even with disc inserted

If the disks you insert DO work on some other computer,
then it's time to spend $40 and buy a new CD/DVD-writer,
to replace the "dead" unit.

The "working properly" part is ONLY an indication that the hardware has been detected, and the correct software device-drivers have been loaded; it makes no guarantee that the unit will work.
Compare it to having a car -- it looks like a car, but if won't start, it still is a car, although it cannot be used as a car.

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I had this problem for about 5 months my lg dvd rom dint read dvds . i installed ffirmware and tried to update it but there was erreor and now dvd drive doesnt even work. no green blinking light. when i...

This is the inherent risk in updating firmware to optical drives.

Buy a new drive, power down the PC, install it and reboot the PC. If it is and IDE drive, or a SATA for that matter, before you buy a new drive make sure to disconnect and reconnect both ends of the cable prior to replacing it, just to be sure it wasn't an accidentally dislodged cable causing the problem.

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Computer will NOT boot from a DVD but will from a CD

Maybe the lens is not compatible with DVD it may be CD reader and not DVD

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do you use orginal CD or DVD. if you saying yes. your CD/DVD drive is getting break down

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Dvd's & Cd's are not being read

When this happen the problem is usually the CD drive, even if a virus can cause same problem.
To test if the problem is software, go to bios or boot options, set primary bot device CD/DVD, and start the computer with a boot disk inside.When asked chose boot from CD.

If the computer does not see the dvd drive, and does not ask you if to boot from CD on this conditions, then you have a faulty DVD RW drive.

Try first removing the DVD drive and refitting it in place, after removing battery and unplugging the AC adapter cord.

If that does not work, you usually need to replace the driver, even if on rare circumstances a faulty motherboard can cause the same.
That is however quite unusual.

the most common is a faulty optical drive.

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I am not able to install it.The windows is recognising the LG player.


Cd and dvd drives are installed automatically on windows when they are connected properly. if your drive is not installing then your computers windows has problems, I would insist that you use recovery cd's to restore the computer to original state or use the windows installation cd to install windows to the computer again.

Note that the cd / dvd drive may work outside of windows, so you may be able to install windows with the drive even though it doesn't work in windows. check bios if the drive is detected there or not.

heres some info on the bios, how to get there and how to use it.

you may need to change the boot order so that the cd starts before the hard drive.

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Try changing the power socket attached to your DVD drive with other available one, and restart your machine. If it is not yet shown in My Computer. try replacing the ribbon connector from motherboard to DVD Drive. If it is not yet shown in My Computer you try then to enter setup from start up to manually detect your DVD Drive. If you need to buy a new drive you can get it at any computer shop or at dell service center.

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