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CD ROM Drive won't work

August 9, 2009 at 22:32:31
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.6 GHz / 511 MB

My cd rom drive will not open when I press the button. The light does not come on when I press the button. The light does come on when I startup my computer. I used a paperclip to open the drive and then put a disk in, but the drive did not read anything when I closed it (by hand). I open "my computer" and then select the drive and click "eject" and nothing happens, except sometimes the "my computer" box freezes. I've opened device manager and it says that the drive is working properly.

I have a DVD drive and it works fine, but when I insert an audio CD, I cannot rip any of the files to iTunes or Windows Media Player.

Thanks in advance for your help.


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#1
August 9, 2009 at 23:09:18

Did you just add the cdrom or make any changes with the cd/DVD drives? If so check the connections and jumpers. But most likely your cdrom is busted, broken, fubar'd, etc. and you need to get another one. Device manager only knows the cdrom firmware is OK. It can't run a diagnostic on the mechanics of the drive.

Are you using WMP or the iTunes software to rip the audio files or are you using some other method? I don't use either of those so I don't know their ripping capabilities.


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#2
August 10, 2009 at 08:34:02

I had to replace my computer's power supply about a year ago, but I think I have everything connected correctly. My CD ROM drive has the IDE port connected and the Power port connected (I opened the computer and pushed them in as far as they would go. just wondering.... would It show up in "My Computer" if the power wasn't working for one of the drives?)

Should I just buy another CD ROM drive? Any advice on buying a good/cheap one?

Thanks!


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#3
August 10, 2009 at 11:45:14

If the power to the cdrom wasn't working then the cdrom wouldn't show in device manager.

I don't really have a recommendation for a cdrom. They all fail after a while. I don't know how much a new cdrom is going for now. I've been using used ones I get from junked computers. You might check on ebay for some cheaper ones. Or check out garage sales or goodwill for used computers with a fairly good looking cdrom and buy the whole thing for $5 or $10. Of course you're taking a chance when buying something used.


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