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DVD-RW drive will not recognize CDs

by Elljl / September 3, 2011 2:10 PM PDT


My DVD-RW combo drive, a Sony-Optiarc AD7260S drive, won't recognize CDs, of any format. In Windows Explorer, when I insert a CD, the drive doesn't change from when it's empty, and when I try to write to the disc, it says the drive is empty. Also, I cannot boot from a DVD of mine, which has Fedora core 15 on it. I CAN read and write to DVDS, though.

My question is, is there any way at all to remedy this? I'm assuming that I'll need to replace it, however.

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Most successful remedy is to replace it
by Steven Haninger / September 3, 2011 10:13 PM PDT

I see them advertised "open box" (which usually means returned) or refurbished....and who knows what that means. I see prices from $20-25. If wish, you could try taking it apart and doing some cleaning. I expect mixed results, however. I have seen drives that were just not well fitted in the case and didn't open/close properly or make switch contact. You could try it outside of the case. I'd not spend much time trying to fix it when they're so inexpensive to replace.

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Try the usual.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 4, 2011 5:02 AM PDT

Clean it, try it then if not, replace it.


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