Installed a mitsumi cd-rom FX54++M

August 20, 2009 at 19:57:45
Specs: Windows XP
I installed a new cd-rom drive into my pc and whenever i try to use the cd-rom my cursor freezes causing me to have to restart the pc

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August 20, 2009 at 20:46:29
This model first came out in 2006 or earlier. It doesn't require any special drivers - the ones built into Windows should work fine with it.
Do you mean it's a brand new drive, or it's a used drive but new to this computer?

If it's a used drive, optical drives do not last forever, especially ones that spin at 54X like this one does. No optical drive has had a warranty longer than 1 year for a long long time.

You didn't say so - are you are NOT able to access this drive??

If it's defective, it won't work properly connected to any computer. A defective optical drive can cause all sorts of strange symptoms.

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August 21, 2009 at 12:38:39
Tubesandwires- Ty for for answering me, I appreciate it.
It is a used drive but new to this pc.....I am going out to buy a new one. Came to that conclusion also but was hoping I was wrong. If I still have problems...I'll be back..LOL Ty again.

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August 21, 2009 at 12:57:45
"A defective optical drive can cause all sorts of strange symptoms."

Yeah, strange problems that will bring a machine to its knees and make you believe alien abduction is an everyday affair.


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August 21, 2009 at 15:18:07

A tip for you.
If you remove disks from optical drives when you are not using them, you will get a longer useful life from the drives.

If an optical drive has a disk in it, the mboard bios spins disks in optical drives while booting if an optical drive is listed in the boot order in the bios Setup settings in the right place, and in Win 95 and up, the disks spin when Windows is first loaded, and it spins them up when you access My Computer or Windows Explorer, or when you click on the drive's drive letter - most people are aware of that - BUT Win 95 and up also spins the disk at other random times, and when it does, it does not always spin it at a higher speed so you may not be aware it's spinning, and the led on the drive does NOT always come on when it does that.

The most common reason an optical drive fails to work properly is the sleeve bearings in the drive's motor have worn and deteriorated to the point there is too much friction in them and the drive can no longer spin the disk at even 1X, the original audio CD speed, or the motor won't spin at all.

Therefore, if you want the bearings in the drive's motor to yield you the longest possible useful life from the optical drive, try to remember to always remove disks from the drives when you are not using them.

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