Laptop CDROM drives have been spotted for as little as 7 bucks. You must ask yourself if this is worth that much. Check geeks.com and newegg.com and get a new drive.
Any other method has resulted in far too much pain.
Need to repair a friend's Dell Inspiron 2200 laptop OS, WinXP Home Edition SP2. Internal CDROM drive not working.
Appears to boot normally, but when logon screen or desktop should appear I only get a functioning mouse pointer. Ctrl-Alt-Del not functional.
Am able to start in Safe mode and CD drive is visible but not working (when Explore-ing drive it asks to have CD inserted).
External (USB) CD drive available but cannot boot from external drive.
Am able to link to my desktop and copy files (about 14 System32 dlls that I believe are corrupt), but cannot overwrite five of the dlls in Windows/System32 because they 'are in use', I presume but Windows Safe mode.
My friend may get me his installation CD, but if I cannot boot from a CD, how can I "Repair' the OS?