Computer Help forum

General discussion

PC keeps trying to read CD drive - please help

My system is really working very slowly. It starts to get slower from the moment I turn it on. Then, within about a half hour, it crawls to a stop. My PC has been making a lot of noise for quite a while now but I haven't gotten around to doing anything about it. I don't know if that is related but it seems very possible. Does it sound like my system is just dying? If it's a virus, AVG can't detect it. Is there anything I can try to do about this problem or do I need to bring it to a professional? (I have Windows ME and DSL.)

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: PC keeps trying to read CD drive - please help
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: PC keeps trying to read CD drive - please help
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
That noise could be a failing fan.

In reply to: PC keeps trying to read CD drive - please help

The failing fan could be letting the PC overheat. Most PCs will either lockup or slow down as the heat rises. You may have to fix that issue first.


Collapse -
failing fan

In reply to: That noise could be a failing fan.

That's exactly what I'm thinking. I've been wanting to get that taken care of but it's so hard for me to get someone to help me lug this huge processor to get it fixed. Do you know if there are any reputable places that will pick up the computer for you and deliver it when it's fixed? (I should really get a laptop the next time!)

Collapse -
Computer repair

In reply to: failing fan

Most computer repair shops provide either on-site servive or pickup-and-delivery. Look in your phone book yellow pages under Computers - Service and Repair. You might ask aroound or check with the Better Business Bureau to learn about reliability of the shops.

Above all, you should do this right away. Noise in the system, be it fan or drive, is a like3ly sign of impending disaster. Take care of it before you lose expensive components or valuable data.


Collapse -
computer fan

In reply to: Computer repair

Thank you. I will take care of it right away (and I've been backing up everything very often). Do you have any idea what this kind of thing should cost? I'm thinking it might be better for me to bite the bullet and buy a new one instead.

Take care.

Popular Forums

Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Enter to win* a free holiday tech gift!

CNET's giving five lucky winners the gift of their choice valued up to $250!