Hi all fitted a new cd/dvd drive to the laptop after old one stopped working and did not even get picked up by windows. Problem is the new one is not being registered by windows xp either, I have looked in bois set up first boot to cd/dvd and found bois is not picking it up either and windows is still not picking it up. I feel its a hardware prob but not sure. I ve tryed driver solutions Ive tryed by passing the circuit panel on back of cd/dvd and doing direct conection nothing, tryed through dos nothing, I put a disc in the drive spins up, hard drive starts to register activity then nothing any help would be great ric
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your problem may have be a hardware problem or a firmware problem before assuming that your optical drive has failed which requires to get the item replaced, try to do a firmware update as described on link below, review the info and make sure that it applies to your system first:
Are you sure yours is a DVD player? It could only be a CD-CD writer, which will NOT play DVDs.
Open your control panel ->system->hardware->device manager and click on the DVD/CD-ROM drives icon. The listed devices will tell you if you really have a dvd player or not. If you do really have a dvd player, try a different dvd
Yes you can. On the bottom of the laptop there are 2 slide releases, one releases the battery the other is for the multi bay. With the computer off just slid the release and the drive will slide out forward. You can pick up dvd drives on Ebay and other sites for about $30.00 and you can even get dvd burners for your machine. If windows is running you can look in the bottom right corner and click on the eject hardware icon and stop the floppy or cd/dvd drive and eject the drive with the machine on. If the laptop is on you do need to stop the drive before you eject it or you can damage the drive and the laptop. I hope this helps you, if so please rate my solution.
turn off the laptop, phsically take out the drive from the computer. Then put it back in and make sure it snaps into place. The turn on the computer and go into the BIOS. It should show up in there now and if it does then it should show up in windows as well.
If you do this and it still doesn't show up in the BIOS, then the drive is bad and would need to be replaced but I feel once you reseat the drive back into the slot, then the laptop should see it again.
If you are willing to buy a new DVD/CD drive, you can find it easily, only thing is you need someone to get it installed in your laptop.
One question is, whats the exact problem you are facing, please let us know the details, its quite possible that it would be resolved without even buying a new one. 1. Laptop model/CD Model make ? 2. OS/ 3. How much old it is? 4. Stopped working after something like shock or just stopped ?
If you know how to open your laptop, you can try seeing if the cable to the CDROM is connected properly. On startup, does your computer recognize the drive? If it's not the cable, you need a new cdrom drive.