Posted 08 October 2007 - 04:02 AM
If the computer is able to boot from CD, set the CD as the first boot device in the BIOS setup, and try to boot from any bootable CD - eg a Windows installation CD, or a Linux Live CD such as often appear as computer magazine coverdisks.
This reveals whether the drive can read the disk correctly. No complicating issues such as Windows are involved.
If the drive can't read the disk to boot, then it is faulty, although this may be as simple as the laser lens needing to be cleaned.
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