Windows Vista disk drive not reading disks

Dell Inspiron 1525 notebook (intel penti...
February 21, 2011 at 14:37:01
Specs: Windows Vista, 3 GB
When I try putting a disk into the CD drive, it starts making the whirring sounds as if it is reading the disk, but then I get the "Please insert a disk into drive E:" message. It's been this way ever since I tried a bunch of times to burn a few CDs, so I suspect that has something to do with it.

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#1
February 21, 2011 at 14:40:30
The tag is wrong. It's supposed to be Dell Inspiron 1525 notebook Intel Core 2 Duo t5550 1.83ghz

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#2
February 21, 2011 at 15:17:48
Does the drive read CD media and/or other DVD media?

Have you tried booting to the Vista DVD? You can abort the installation if it works.


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#3
February 22, 2011 at 15:21:05
No, it won't read any type of disk anymore. And I don't have the Vista DVD either.

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#4
February 23, 2011 at 05:46:10
Try removing the CD/DVD drive listings from within Device Manager and rebooting?

Why don't you have the Dell Vista disk anymore?


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#5
February 23, 2011 at 15:22:31
So just remove the CD drive from Device Manager and restart my computer?
I haven't got the Vista DVD 'cause the whole installation and setup and whatnot was done in-store.

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#6
February 23, 2011 at 18:13:05
Yes, remove the listing from Device Manager and reboot. May not fix things but won't hurt.

So, did the computer originally come with XP?


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#7
February 25, 2011 at 14:56:43
Nope, removing it and rebooting didn't work. And no, it came with Vista, just not the Vista DVD. Friends have told me that the disk drive is shot, and that it needs to be replaced.

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