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How to fix my DVD drive?

by cutter588 / June 22, 2013 5:14 AM PDT

It's a Sony Vaio with a Pioneer DVD-116 player. It doesn't work. I tried uninstalling it. Driver changes. If I click on the DVD in My Computer I get the message to insert...in disk drive even though there's one in there. Also, if I insert a DVD into the drive the drive light doesn't light up as it does in the CD drive. The only thing that happens after I insert the DVD is I'll see the flashing tiny DVD symbol for a short time, then nothing.

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If your PC is a desktop....your best bet is simply
by VAPCMD / June 22, 2013 5:21 AM PDT

replacing the malfunctioning drive as they're really really inexpensive.

You can check over at Newegg.com, see which ones the buyer's rate best and pick one.

VAPCMD

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More than likely...
by Willy / June 22, 2013 9:11 PM PDT

In most cases if this is an older PC, the drive has finally reached the end. As already posted to you, replace the DVD drive as there is no fix for a true h/w fault. You can try air blowing and/or lens cleaning to see if that helps. Otherwise, just replace, especially if you tried any so-called s/w glitch repairs and still bad result, replace. IMHO, it's kaput.

if this is a laptop, find the exact or similar replacement. Another method is an ext. USB type drive, which can be used on either desktop or laptop systems.

tada -----Willy Happy

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