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CD Drive Rips and Reads Some CDs, Refuses to for Others

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#1 Cowtipper


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Posted 06 November 2009 - 03:22 AM

I've been having this problem for a while. My CD Drive plays and rips some CDs just fine, but with some others it refuses to play or rip them. They are not scratched and are in good condition. I have various degrees of difficulty with it: sometimes, it "revs up" but then doesn't even recognize or play the CD, sometimes it recognizes the CD but when I go to play a song or rip it, it freezes up everything. Also, it no longer reads CD-Rs or CD-RWs. My OS is Vista if that helps. Any ideas? I've tried a bunch of things. I've tried the Microsoft Fix-It, which worked once but no longer works. I've reinstalled drivers and updates, among some other stuff that evades me right now. Thanks for the help.

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#2 dave09


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Posted 06 November 2009 - 10:38 PM

Make sure all connecting cables are firmly in place, if they are and it still happens then try a different cable, If it's still happening then it might just be that the drive is coming to the end of it's life, You could even try a different drive in the machine if you've got one or can borrow one. If the different drive works then you know your old one is knackered.

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Posted 06 November 2009 - 10:47 PM

could be on its way out (knackered - good word dave). could be dirt on laser, clean with isopropyl alcohol. last ditch effort would be update firmware for drive.

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