Question about Lite On LITE-ON SOHC-5236V COMBO BK OEM (SOHC5236VBKOEM) Burner

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Disk not recognized

My DVD/CD player is a year old. I've used it lightly, and it's always worked. Now when I put a CD (audio or data) in the drive, it doesn't register as being there. (Nothing happens and Windows (XP) Explorer does not report that a disk is in the drive). I can see these same files on another cd player. I put a laser lens cleaner in the driver and nothing happened. I tried reinstalling the firmware and this did not fix the problem. I only know this is a SOHC-5236V Combo. I do not have more information for the name, so I can't say for sure it is a BK OEM burner. Hope you can help. Thanks.

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  • Anonymous Nov 18, 2007

        MSI DR8-A Burns and plays all dvd media but when a cd is inserted the drive will continualy try to read (GREEN) light on,  Nothing is displayed in my computer for that drive its saying nothing there. I have uninstalled the device time and time again ive updated firmware to 150D and still nothing,  Ive even tried a fresh install of windows nothing

  • Anonymous Feb 18, 2008

    I have an LG CD/DVD burner (HL-DT-ST CD-RW GCE-8523B) that does not recognize that a disk has been inserted. When I go to burn a play list to a disk it ejects the blank disk and asks to insert a blank disk.

    I have both Windows Media Player and Nero (

    I have gone into the properties and it is saying that the devise is working properly. I have gone all through the troubleshooting but nothing seems to help.

    Any help would be Greatly Appreciated.

  • Anonymous Apr 24, 2008

    CD/DVD drive does not recognise a disk is inserted & will nto autoplay

  • AllyJay Jun 04, 2008

    there are no cd's dvd's or game disks that can be recognized it worked just last week whats the problem?

  • Anonymous Jun 11, 2008

    when i try to burn a cd my burner does not recognize that i have a blank cd in the drive. what do i do?

  • Anonymous Nov 28, 2008

    my cd's and dvd's play on another computer, but my D drive does not show a disc inserted

  • flwoodsman Feb 02, 2009

    I have the same problem with a mitsumi 4/20/48 cdrw drive.It wouldn't read any disks in xp so I found an update that didn't help and now it won't work on Win98 either.Sys info reports that the drive is a cr48xcte,but the drive is a cr485cte.Under device manager properties it is enabled as a cdrom rather than a cdrw ,but it won't even work as a cdrom.There is no support from Mitsumi so I would not recommend their products and would never buy another product from them.



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Go to my computer on your desktop, then right click and down to properties,then hardware tab, then device manager. Click on the '+' sign on the DVD/CDROM line, right click on your DVD Rom and click uninstal. Restart your pc and let Windows find your DVDROM again. Just double check that autoplay is set on the drive by right click on my computer, down to explore, right click on your 'D' drive (if this is your DVDROM) down to properties, then click on autoplay tab, and on the drop down box, highlight what files you want to autoplay. If no joy there is an autorun fix programme on the Microsoft site here.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006



I tend to agree with #2 's advice and comment. DVD/CD drives are cheap enough, replace it. If the information on your DVD/cd is valuable do a DVD/cd COPY using a drive that can read the disk in question of course.

Posted on Feb 25, 2007



You're not the only one who has the same problem. LG surely knows where the problem is, but won't admit it. I don't believe there is anything end user can do to help. It's a fact that these burners die after some time (mostly after guarantie expires). Since then i don't buy LG optical drives anymore and i NEVER experienced anything similar with other brands. I have optical drives (other brands) 10 old, heavily used and still working...

Posted on Feb 08, 2007

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You may be using the wrong type of DVD format. Some DVD-ROMs and players will only read certain discs. i.e. DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RAM. If you are trying to read a DVD-R disc that was bought blank, and then had things burned to it, it may be that the disc wasn't finalised after burning. You could always try updating the Firmware version by downloading it from the website.

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I would suggest cleaning the drive with a cleaning dvd, $19.99 at most retailers. Or you can open up your computer and verify all connections to the drive are good, disconnect and re-connect to be sure. Hope this helps.

Posted on Sep 15, 2007


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Try system recovery if it is turned on, also you may try to unplug and plug back your drive from motherboard.

Good luck

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