Solved Optical Drive not working

November 20, 2012 at 06:59:33
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate x64, 2.793 GHz / 2047 MB

Hi!

I have 2 optical drives in my computer, one is the SONY IDE Super-drive and the other is the ASUS IDE Super-drive. The ASUS drive is my master drive and the Sony drive is connected as slave drive. Recently the ASUS drive started giving me problems while burning DVD's and yesterday it stopped working completely and now it is not reading any disc or burning any disc. When I insert a disc it makes strange noises and then starts spinning very fast and then stops and repeats the same. Although my Sony Super-drive is working fine and reading and burning like it should.

I have tried changing the IDE cable and the jumper of the ASUS drive and I have also tried removing the Sony drive and only connecting the ASUS drive to see whether the drives were not getting enough power and have also cleaned the lens but nothing seems to work the ASUS drive neither reads nor writes anything. The Sony drive is just fine.

I have burned nearly 1000 DVD's on the ASUS. What might be the problem? Has the drive gone bad and I need to get another one or is it something else.

Please guys help me out.

Waiting for a response.

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November 20, 2012 at 15:50:56

Go to newegg.com and look at their drives. I have an LG and a Lite-on in the computer I am now using.

There are also some blueray combo drives. You need to read the detailed specs for those. There are readers and writers available but both may or may not have CD/DVD capability.

You probably don't need to writer blueray but may want to read blueray movies.

See if the bad drive can read CDs. How did you clean the lenses? There are two lasers in a combination CD/DVD drive.

I use Q-tips and rubbing alcohol to clean the lenses.

I would say that if you burned 1000 DVDs you got your money's worth. The DVD laser is probably burned out.



#1
November 20, 2012 at 07:44:18

Seems as if you have gone through the usual trial and error process for eliminating possibly causes. It would appear to me that the drive itself is defective. i would recommend swapping it out for another. i tend to use Samsung drives as they seem to be very reliable, well for me they have been very reliable and not too expensive.

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#2
November 20, 2012 at 08:01:18

U have burned alot of DVD's, it is time for Asus drive to quit working.

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#3
November 20, 2012 at 09:09:25

Have you recently changed brands of disks?


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#4
November 20, 2012 at 12:50:58

Thank you everyone for the response.
No I have not changed the brand and I have been using Sony DVD-R. It also does not read any old discs too.

I think I'm gonna get a new one.

Which brand you think is better
ASUS
HP
SONY
LG
SAMSUNG
or LITE-ON?

I have used SAMSUNG before and I have had a bad experience with it. It stopped burning after just 8 DVD's and then I got a replacement which also stopped working after around 20. Maybe now they have improved so what do you guys think?
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#5
November 20, 2012 at 14:44:38

Can you use SATA type instead of IDE? What color do you need? I have had good luck with Lite-on brand.

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#6
November 20, 2012 at 15:12:59

Yes I can use SATA and I need black color.

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November 20, 2012 at 15:50:56
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Go to newegg.com and look at their drives. I have an LG and a Lite-on in the computer I am now using.

There are also some blueray combo drives. You need to read the detailed specs for those. There are readers and writers available but both may or may not have CD/DVD capability.

You probably don't need to writer blueray but may want to read blueray movies.

See if the bad drive can read CDs. How did you clean the lenses? There are two lasers in a combination CD/DVD drive.

I use Q-tips and rubbing alcohol to clean the lenses.

I would say that if you burned 1000 DVDs you got your money's worth. The DVD laser is probably burned out.


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#8
November 20, 2012 at 16:44:35

I cleaned the Lens using rubbing alcohol. I just ordered another ASUS drive.

I know I got the money's worth that is because I ordered another ASUS because they really know how to make an optical drive.

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#9
November 21, 2012 at 01:17:00

I have has a few LG dvd writers and they have been noisey and have failed on me several times, hence why i went fo samsung, they have not let me down yet. i guess everyone will have different experiences but for me i will always use SATA samsung drives.

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