LG RW/DVD GCC-4120B Optical Media Erorr!

Hewlett-packard / Asterope
December 18, 2010 at 17:30:10
Specs: Windows XP, 2.80 GHz / 1024
Hello,

I can not get my LG RW/DVD GCC-4120B drive to work I do not know why. I can burn cds fine. And i can read cd fines. But almost every single time I put in a DVD it doesn't find it. So this is what happens:

I open up "My Computer"
I look at "DVD/CD-RW Drive (D:)"

Theres Nothing there. Sometimes if i keep re-inserting the disc, it reads it, but then I double click on it, And, It can't read. The PC slows down so much that it takes 5 mins to load mozzila firefox. I am tired of this. (And also I just got NFS : Hot Pursuit) :-) Any help would be appreciated :-D. Also, I am using Windows Vista 32-bit Home Basic.

EDIT : The drive shows ( ALWAYS )

Do Your Self A Favor And Backup Your Computer , Remove That Junk , And Orginize your stuff :D


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#1
December 18, 2010 at 21:34:27
Try a laser lens cleaning CD in the drive. If you don't have one, you should have one. Most places that sell CDs or DVDs have them, and even some "dollar" stores have them for a buck or two.

If that doesn't help...

If it's an IDE drive
- it must be connected to an 80 wire data cable.

It is common to un-intentionally damage IDE data cables, especially while removing them - the 80 wire ones are more likely to be damaged. What usually happens is the cable is ripped at either edge and the wires there are either damaged or severed, often right at a connector or under it's cable clamp there, where it's hard to see - if a wire is severed but it's ends are touching, the connection is intermittent, rather than being reliable.
Another common thing is for the data cable to be separated from the connector contacts a bit after you have removed a cable - there should be no gap between the data cable and the connector - if there is press the cable against the connector to eliminate the gap.
80 wire data cables are also easily damaged at either edge if the cable is sharply creased at a fold in the cable.

Try another data cable if in doubt.

80 wire data cables must have the proper end connector connected to the mboard IDE header - usually that's blue, but in any case it's the one farther from the middle connector on a 3 connector data cable.
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If it's a SATA drive

Check your SATA data cables. The connector on each end should "latch" into the socket on the drive and on the mboard, or on the drive controller card - it should not move when you merely brush your hand against it near the socket - if it does, mere vibration can cause a poor connection of it - use another SATA data cable that does "latch", or tape the connector in place.
(There is a slight projection or bump on one side of the outside of the connector that "latches" it into the socket - it's easily broken off or damaged)

The same thing applies for the SATA power connection.
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If none of that helps...

Combo DVD burner drives (reads and burns both CDs and DVDs) have at least two laser and associated circuits - sometimes after the drive has been used a lot, one of those malfunctions.


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#2
December 19, 2010 at 03:44:46
Ok ... but how the heck do I tell the diffrence between 80 wire and 40 wire. XD. Also I used to have a cd drive cleaner , I put in a broken drive. BAM! . It came out in 80 peices XD

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#3
December 19, 2010 at 07:46:27
Other than than 80 wire data cables obviously have 80 wires - e.g. count them to ~ half way across the cable width - if you get to ~ 40 it's an 80 wire cable
- a 3 connector data cable has at least two colors of connectors (UDMA66 rated cables), if not three colors of connectors (UDMA100 or UDMA133 rated cables).
- a 2 connector data cable has two colors of connectors
- the end connector you connect to the mboard IDE header is usually blue
- there is usually an external tab on the connectors that physically prevents you from installing the connector backwards in the mboard IDE header rectangular plastic shroud or the drive socket's plastic shroud that surrounds the pins that has a notch in it - that's often not present on 40 wire data cables.
- UDMA100 or UDMA133 cables always have connectors with one pin hole blocked, that lines up with a missing pin on the IDE headers on newer mboards (made after about 1995) and on drives - they can't be plugged in backwards.
- UDMA66 cables often don't have connectors with that blocked pin hole, so that they can plug into IDE headers on old mboards that have no pins missing. You can plug them in backwards, if there is no tab on the connectors, or if there is no plastic shroud surrounding the pins on the IDE header.
- it doesn't matter whether you use a UDMA66 or UDMA100 or UDMA133 rated cable with a drive that requires you use an 80m wire data cable.
- all hard drives capable of UDMA66 or greater must use an 80 wire data cable to be able to acheive their max burst data transfer speed.
- you can use an 80 wire data cable with a drive that only requires a 40 wire cable

80 wire data cables must have the proper end connector connected to the mboard IDE header - usually that's blue, but in any case it's the one farther from the middle connector on a 3 connector data cable.

40 wire data cables usually have connectors that are all the same color, most often black. It doesn't matter which end connector you connect to the mboard IDE header, but the one farther from the middle connector on a 3 connector data cable usually allows a second drive on the same cable to plug into the middle connector easier. The connectors have no blocked pin holes and may not have an external tab, and in that case they can be plugged in backwards.

All IDE headers on mboards are "40 pin" and have either 39 or 40 pins present.
All IDE headers on drives are "40 pin" and have 39 pins present.

80 wire data cable connectors look the same as 40 wire data cable connectors when they're installed on the data cable, except for the possible one blocked pin hole. 80 wire data cable connectors have 40 more connections on the back of the connector, all of them grounded.
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"Also I used to have a cd drive cleaner , I put in a broken drive. BAM! . It came out in 80 peices XD"

Did that happen in the subject drive ? If so, the drive may have been damaged then.
Never insert a CD or DVD that's cracked - that often happens first in the center near the hole - it will fly apart eventually for sure.


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