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CD drive problems

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#1 BobTheMighty


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Posted 20 August 2005 - 02:27 PM

I'm having a very strange problem, and I'm unsure what to do about it. To put it simply, certain CDs no longer read in my drive. For instance, if I put in the Doom 3 disc 1, it pretends there's nothing there. However, if I put in Doom 3 disc 2, it reads just fine. Since I need disc 1 to play, this is rather distressing, and I'm curious if anyone knows why it does this. It also doesn't read any of the Far Cry discs, or the Diablo 2 install disc (the play disc works just fine).

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Posted 20 August 2005 - 05:28 PM

Have you tried cleaning the discs and the laser?

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 03:14 PM

Recently my disc drive stopped reading any disc i try and play for some reson. The drive makes unusual noises which i have never heard before. My computer says the the disc drive is working properly but every disc i have tried using is either not regonised or supposed to be a blank disc.

I re-installed my modem today by using the installation disc provided and that is the only disc that has worked since i discovered this problem.

Please help!!!! CHEERS

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 05:53 PM


Strange that only one disk out of how many will read. Your problem sounds more like the lense is sticking. It travels along a track inside the ROM (reads inside to outside) As certain files are located on different physical spots on the disk, the laser may not be getting to them (huh?)

Try removing the drive and opening it up. Be careful with this but you should be able to see the laser lense and carrier. Make sure the lense can travel its entire length by carefuly moving it all the back and out. It should be smooth. Check for chipped or broken worm gear and teeth on the track/carrier. Check the band that spins the disk is not broken or worn out. Make sure it is riding in its pulleys properly.

Another thing to check is the clearance between the tray and front of drive. Some units will stall if the tray is not fully retracted. It is interlocked with the laser carrier. Make sure the gears and rack that drive the tray are not damaged or have junk in them. This mechanism is usually lubricated with petroleum jelly or dielectric grease.

Windows will always say the drive is functioning because it only checks the checksum info loaded on a chip on the CD ROM circuit board. As long as it powers up and is cabled right, Windows will see it as a functioning device.

Hope this helps.


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Posted 23 August 2005 - 06:01 PM

Please start your own thread with your problem.
Two people posting problems in the same thread, could cause one persons problem to get lost in the shuffle.
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