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Optical drive that works

by Majorb42 / December 6, 2010 2:05 AM PST

My optical drive won't play anything except perfectly clean DVDs. It rejects a lot of DVDs that work in other players. I know a lot of people with different brands of laptop who have the same problems or worse.

When I buy my next laptop, I would like to get one with an optical drive that lasts a few years. I take good care of my computer, so I don't need a toughbook, but I do need something that can withstand me carrying it to work and school most days.

Are any computers known for having long-lasting DVD drives?

Thank you.

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None I fear.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 6, 2010 2:12 AM PST

The drives and the entire machines are made to hit price points and the drives are 50 or less dollar items that have limited life spans. Usually they last long enough.

But did you try a lens cleaner?
And why not replace the drive?

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by Majorb42 / December 6, 2010 2:28 AM PST
In reply to: None I fear.

Thank you for the advice.

I tried a lens cleaner, but it didn't help. I looked into replacing the drive, but that will cost $300, and that's more than I wanted to invest in a then three-year-old, now four-year-old computer. Also, I don't feel like being without a computer for the week or two it will take Apple to fix it. I know some people might reply that it's unreasonable to expect the optical drive to last this long, but everything else on my computer works very well, and I'm planning on keeping it for another six months or so.

If three years is the best I can expect, than I can deal with that. What worries me more is the fact that many of my friends have optical drives that stopped working much sooner. I want to avoid those.

There are so many laptops to choose from, and they all boast different amazing features. I just hoped there would be some that have working optical drives. Is that seriously too much to ask?

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That's not that high around here UNLESS
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 6, 2010 2:37 AM PST
In reply to: Seriously?

You have it done in a shop.

I make no apologies for what happened in the market as folk demanded low prices. We got them as CD/DVD recorders and players costing thousands at first passed to under 1K and now to the 50 buck level.

There is no sign that longer lived drives will return as the market is still asking for lower costs. And that is happening with machines with no CD/DVD drives.

OK now that I know it's an Apple, but not which one, here's a place for such drives.

Sorry but my PC drives run 50ish. The apples get a little more at 88 to 150 bucks.

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