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DVD drive won't read discs


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#1 Peekay

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 08:59 AM

My dvd drive (Lite-On DVDRW LH-20A1S) has stopped reading disks. I was trying to format my hard drive the other day and realized that my dvd drive wasn't reading the XP cd. I have tried several discs and still have the same problem. The drive appears in BIOS (under boot properties) and also under device manager (location 0 (0)). I've updated the firmware, tried looking for newer drivers and also tried uninstalling/installing the hardware. I also made sure the sata and power cables are securely connected. When I go into my computer and select the drive, nothing appears in it.

Do I need another drive?

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Windows XP Pro SP3
Asus P5-b
Intel Core duo 2.4
2 gigs of ram
Lite-On DVDRW LH-20A1S

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 09:11 AM

For how many years did you own it and do you use it a lot ?

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 09:17 AM

Its about a year old and I hardly ever used it.

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 10:29 AM

If you are trying to boot from the XP CD you may need to change the CD-ROM to the first device in the boot order.

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 11:01 AM

I tried doing that but when in boot mode the computer keeps on telling me to put a cd in. In bios boot configuration, the dvd drive is listed there.

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 12:23 PM

Try your DVD-drive on another system and try booting from it to see if it works.

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 03:15 PM

I tried switching drives but one drive is a sata and the other is ide. Any other recommendations?

Edited by Peekay, 04 November 2008 - 03:27 PM.


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Posted 04 November 2008 - 04:40 PM

Well...have you tried to change the BIOS boot order listing for optical drives? I've never seen a BIOS that does not allow for changing of boot devices.

If you have a board with SATA, the BIOS should be sufficiently modern to reflect all boot options possible.

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 09:06 AM

In bios, I'm able to select it as the primary boot, but when the computer goes to boot it asks me to put a disk in. It won't recognized the disc I put in. I also switched my drives between computers and the dvd drive doesn't work on the other computer. It shows up in device manager, but doesn't read disks. I'm guessing I need to buy another drive?

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 10:16 AM

I would buy another drive :thumbsup:.

I have so little faith in optical drives that I just keep all my old (working) ones around for such emergencies.

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Edited by hamluis, 05 November 2008 - 10:18 AM.


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Posted 05 November 2008 - 11:55 AM

thank you




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