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Easy Way To Check For Defective Cd Rom Drive


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#1 baso3456

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Posted 08 October 2007 - 12:17 AM

Is there an easy way to check if I have a bad cd rom drive. Perhaps a free program that can test my optical device?

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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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Posted 08 October 2007 - 05:51 PM

I failed at 3 attempts to install windows. I tried my disc on an old drive I installed in the same machine and it worked ok. I tested the drive and the disc using Nero disk speed. I also tested my 3 other drives that I use in other computers. The one in question shows up as really bad and slow in Nero. The other 3 drives all are able to read the windows disc, however even they have problems reading the disc.
I tested the disc for quality and it shows up as questionable. I ran the disc quality (scan disc) test in all 4 drives and I get 4 different results on the windows disc. By far the worst result is with my bad drive and the nero test shows a lot of bad data that can not be read or corrected and this makes sense since this drive will not install the OS. It always loads the windows files to about 43% and then freezes with an error display. I am still working these test results using another windows disc to see if I get different results. I question the accuracy of this Nero test because it seems the result all depends on which drive I am using--4 drives = 4 different answers. This bad drive is 10 years old. Perhaps its time to replace it. Does the laser wear out? Would you know the proper way to clean a laser lens and a cd? Could I use a little soap and water on a cd to remove the grease and prints?

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Posted 08 October 2007 - 06:24 PM

Wipe the CD from the center hole outward, not in a circular motion. Usually wherever CD's are sold they sell a CD cleaner. It's a disk with small brushes on it that spin against the lens
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Posted 09 October 2007 - 08:29 AM

Not sure if you can still buy them but there used to be CD lense cleaners for your drive. These were a bit hit and miss for their effectiveness but its worth a try. If that doesen't work and your able to, purchase a new drive there relatively cheap nowadays.
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