I've had this laptop since 2003. Recently, the CD-ROM drive will occasionally flicker out of service in the middle of an active Windows session. The only way to remedy this is to power down the system, wait, then reboot. Even then, that doesn't always work.
I've removed the device from the device manager in Windows, and a reboot shows it coming up again. Unfortunately, the issue remains.
I originally thought that this might be a Windows issue, and, since my system is long overdue for an overhaul and I'd like to switch to Linux, I tried to boot into either a Live CD distro or a boot CD. Even though the BIOS is set to boot from CD first, it skips right past and goes directly to the hard drive. I am completely unable to even reinstall an OS on this system.
I figure that this is now a hardware issue, but if anyone has ideas on what I can do to further troubleshoot, that would be greatly appreciated. Also, if anyone has any spare drives lying around cheap, or can recommend an inexpensive replacement, that would be great.
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Re: CD/DVD ROM not working properly
Hey as long as it was an original Windows disc you tried booting off of, as copys will not boot off the cd alot of the time, it sounds like the cdrom drive is at fault, a new one will set you back about 40pounds maybe 60 dollars i use www.ebuyer.co.uk but thats a uk site, you should try www.ebay.com or amazon. to maybe get a good deal...
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make sure both the power pin and sata pin are connected properly ,if both the wires are connected properly and still having the problem goto run and type "compmgmt.msc"(without quotes) and select disc management if the dvd drive is showing below the hard disks means your dvd drive is working fine only thing you have to do is to right click on the CD-Rom 0 and change drive letter and paths to it .if the CD ROM option is not seen in disk management then you have to go to the device manager option under computer management and expand cd/dvd -rom drives and you will find your dvd drive model if not that means that your dvd drive has got hardware problem
I think you have CD RAM and DVD ROM i had also the problem of read dvd but i buy CD/DVD RAM Now my drive is working properly and successfully if you have CD RAM and DVD ROM then change it to CD/DVD ram because in case of CD RAM and DVD ROM it may read CD but not DVD but sometimes it can read DVD also but when we copy data to computer it may freeze or give us error so i give you one suggest to buy a new CD/DVD RAM
the combo drive you listed above is a cd-rw/ DVD-ROM....meaning that it will play and burn cd, cd-r, and cd-rw disks. the dvd rom will only be able to play dvd-rom and dvd-r disks providing they are in the proper format. check that the disk in question is not a dvd-rw or (+2) disk. the drive will not recognize that a disk is in the drive if the disk isnt compatable. try a dvd movie, if that works then a dvd-r, if that works then try a dvd-rw +1. if the last option doesnt work then you will have to stick with the dvd-rom and dvd-r, or purchase a dvd-rw drive to install.
check the copyright settings on it, most dvd's have that so people don't bootleg it and re-sell it, check to see if there is any scratches on it, check for dirt, or take it to customer support and get a new one