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DVD-RW having difficulties with CD-ROMs


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#1 jnk1296

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 02:51 PM

Well, my mother recently inherited my grandmothers computer, an Acer Aspire AST180-EA350M. She wanted me to install Create-A-Card Gold 2. I recommended that she use a newer version, but she insisted i install that. So i did. I inserted the disc into the DVD-RW drive and waited for the installer to appear. It never did. So i investigated, and found that windows was not recognizing the disc. No problem, i assumed it had something to do with the fact that the disc was intended for Windows 95. So i inserted the disc into our other computer, made a copy of the files on my flash drive, and installed the program that way. Well, then my mother said she didn't like the interface of the program, so i cinvinced her to install the version she was used to. A two-disc version of CreataCard Platinum 7. So i inserted the install disc into the drive, and the same thing happened. This perplexed me because although it said it was for Windows 98, it also said it was for Windows XP. So i decided to try other CD-roms, all from different years, none of them worked. The only CD-ROM that worked was a Windows XP Professional SP3 install disc i dug up. So now i don't know what to do. Another thing, all of the CD-ROMs i tried on this computer, i also tried on our other computer, a Dell Dimension 3000, they all worked. I hope the drive isn't bad. Anyone have any ideas?

Specs:
PC: Dell Dimension 3000 Acer Aspire AST180
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OS: Windows XP Pro SP3 Windows XP Media Center 2005
RAM: 256 MB RAM 1.25 GB RAM
Optical Drive: TSSTCorp CD-RW TS-H292B Lite-On DVDRW SHW-160P6S

Thanks for the help!

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 05:01 PM

hi ,you could try the fixit here ,but it does sound like a bad drive .
http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cd_dvd_drive_problems

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 09:14 PM

Thats what i was afraid of... thanks anyway.

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 11:04 PM

Another thing... when ever it can't read a disc, the harddrive light and CD-ROM light will blink twice simultaneously, three times, at an interval of three seconds per set of blinks. Coincidence? I don't think so.

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 04:57 AM

Thats what i was afraid of... thanks anyway.

did you try the fix in my link above

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 02:34 PM

No. I didn't. But a funny thing happened this morning. I tried the CD one more time, and this time you could hear the drive spin up, and then the installer appeared. So i think it was having trouble spinning up, which makes me believe that it is the drive itself, such as a bad motor. Also, the reason i didn't try the fix is that my mother dosen't want me to download ANYTHING, regardless of what it is.

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 05:02 PM

Also, the reason i didn't try the fix is that my mother dosen't want me to download ANYTHING, regardless of what it is.

that's understandable , good luck

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