It's built in to my asus laptop. my wife played an old vcd on it then it suddenly wont read any CDs; not even DVDs. it happened before. i had some problems with the battery so i didnt use it for almost a month the it worked again. that was 3 years ago and i ddnt have any problems with it till now. I tried cleaning it, disabled and re-enabled it, but to no avail. cant afford to replace it. what should i do?
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Seems your laptop DVD player's laser diode lost it's capacity. If it is not that old, try the followings:
1. Blow some air with a watch air blower or an air can. Try the DVD/CD which freezes. If this doesn't work
2. Put a drop of lens cleaner and wipe with caution to the lens. Wait for a few second and try playing the DVD/CD. Don't use force when cleaning the lens. This should be just touch and wipe action.
If this is not the case and the drive is old, you need to replace the drive. This should cost about 30$ to 45$. I did mine last month.
You probably will need to replace the optical drive (CD/DVD drive) in your laptop. Go to Google and search for "Dell Inspirion 6000 CD/DVD drive" to find a replacement. To be sure it's the CD/DVD drive that's defective and not your operating system software, you could also try to boot from a boot-able DVD disk.
As per its user manual you cannot play back discs such as VCD (VIDEO CD) ,CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, etc., even though they may be labelled . Please refer to Onkyo DVC600 User Manual for more information.
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Try a lens cleaner cd, as when the lens gets misaligned or if it's quite old, it will find it harder to read a DVD as the tracks are much closer together than that of a VCD as they are cd's and their tracks are wider apart and easier to read.