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Optical drives (cd/dvd) for the most part don't requires drivers in the sense other hardware does. That's why they work during boot.
sure it has power (ejects). Check Device Manager in Safe Mode by pressing F8
during boot. Right click My Computer > Manage. Select Device Manager >
View > Show Hidden Devices. Now delete all DVD/CD-ROMs and reboot. Windows
will say "New Hardware Found" and install.
BIOS by pressing F key (correct F key is noted during boot) and make sure
BIOS see's the Optical Drive.
You'll need to setup the Acer laptop to boot from CD-ROM. Push either the F2 or F10 button when booting your laptop and it should bring-up the configuration management interface. Go through the options and confirm that Boot From CD-ROM is at the top of the list on bootable devices.
Next, you'll need your original Windows XP CD that came with the Laptop. Put it in the CD-ROM Drive and reboot your laptop. You will be given two options: 1) Re-install Windows or 2) Repair the existing Windows Installation. I recommend that you repair the existing Windows Installation as this will not destroy and data or device drivers that are install on the laptop.
u will have to go to your setup screen and reorder your boot screen so your cd rom will boot first so you can install windows 98, but if your cd rom isn't working you need to go to your device manager and look for your cd rom and install the driver
U gave a little informations about ur case...Any way..
1st u have to check in the bios settings if the Cd-rom is already knowen device and the laptop can see it..if yes ..so..U have to buy Cd-rom Cleaner..it's a Cd accessories when u put it into the cd rom ..it's work to clean it of the dust ..
if still the problem..so try to put a bootable cd and try to boot by the cd rom if it booting so the problem with the System u are use..so try to remove the driver and restart the laptop to update the driver again automaticaly..
after all that if not working yet ..so sorry to tell u that u have to replace it.