Solved That is my last straw!!!(dvd drive problem)

April 7, 2011 at 18:19:42
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium x86(32 bit), 512 RAM
That is it, I have had it with this stupid thing. Ever since I dual booted Windows 7 and Windows Vista, my DVD drive will not read discs! I have tried a Mr. FixIt from microsoft, and it did nothing. Many other people have had this problem, and they all said something about windows 7. It will NOT notice the DVD/CD in it, and keeps saying to insert a disc!!!:( HELP ME ASAP. I CANNOT INSTALL UBUNTU WITH THIS. I WAS PLANNING TO DUAL BOOT WINDOWS VISTA AND UBUNTU, BUT SOMETHING DID NOT WORK!!!

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April 8, 2011 at 15:54:14
Compeater,

Do what I do, take the DVD/CD-ROM out, toss it up in the air, and smack it with a baseball bat..preferably an aluminum bat. It IS baseball season 'ya know.

Optical disk roms do go bad, and they're cheap to replace.

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#1
April 7, 2011 at 20:28:10
If it set to boot from CD it should boot Ubuntu.

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#2
April 8, 2011 at 07:45:25
What? Don't worry about Ubuntu, my point is that I cannot get my DVD/CD drive to read any discs, even when it's not booting a disc.

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#3
April 8, 2011 at 13:54:58
If the system can't read any disc suggests a hardware problem, Either the drive is not reading or disconnected.

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#4
April 8, 2011 at 15:12:24
Well it worked before I installed Windows 7.....

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#5
April 8, 2011 at 15:42:02
I would get rid of Vista and then try....OR...uninstall windows 7


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#6
April 8, 2011 at 15:54:14
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Compeater,

Do what I do, take the DVD/CD-ROM out, toss it up in the air, and smack it with a baseball bat..preferably an aluminum bat. It IS baseball season 'ya know.

Optical disk roms do go bad, and they're cheap to replace.

MOOOOooove! OH and you're welcome!


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#7
April 8, 2011 at 19:08:05
LOL PC GEEK! XpUser4Real, I did uninstall Windows 7, and now only have W Vista. Still not working!!!:(

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#8
April 8, 2011 at 19:33:22
Take the drive out and test it in another machine. That should decide if it is running or not.

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#9
April 9, 2011 at 07:58:48
Excuse me, but that is a good thing to try, but I do not really want to take computer's apart to get drives out unless I try EVERYTHING there is to do... But that is smart wizard-fred.

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#10
April 13, 2011 at 07:32:10
COME ON GUYS!(Please...... Help me?)

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#11
April 13, 2011 at 08:29:50
If you don't want to get your hands dirty computereater (by opening up a PC)....you'll need to take your PC in to get fixed $. Before you do that...

- Check to see if your BIOS sees the DVD ROM.

- Check other CDs/DVD disks to see if they work in the drive. The issue COULD be bad media (bad CDs or bad DVD disks).

- Make sure your DVD ROM laser lens is clean (use a laser lens cleaner)

- Check DVD ROM in another PC (as suggested above). If it doesn't work in another PC, chances are HIGH the DVD ROM is bad.

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#12
April 13, 2011 at 11:42:33
I will check the first 3.

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#13
April 13, 2011 at 11:43:37
If it does not work, I will hit it with a bat.(LOL just kidding)
EDIT: actually, IM NOT KIDDING.:(

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April 13, 2011 at 11:45:20
Oh, how do I check the BIOS for is it sees the DVD ROM drive?(Also, if none of these work, are you sure that the drive will fit in another computer?)

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#15
April 13, 2011 at 12:37:09
Unless your DVD drive is a slimline format (only about an inch tall), then it will fit in another PC. They are the same standard size. Also, when you look in Computer (double-click the icon), do you see an icon for the DVD drive? If not, you should remove the side panel on the PC and at least check to make sure the data cable is attached to the back of the drive. If it is a SATA drive, the cable will probably be a skinny red one (although it could be another color). Those sometimes wiggle loose.

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#16
April 13, 2011 at 14:51:25
...bat....brick...or the street all work. I took an old 32x CD-ROM out of an old PIII utility PC the other day that wasn't working (wasn't opening) and smashed it in the street. It's fun....and you feel better w/o killing anyone.

You're unfamiliar with the BIOS? Geez...ok, let's start from the top. Sigh...what kind of PC? Make, Model etc? BE EXACT.

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#17
April 14, 2011 at 02:20:18
As mentioned above, you should really check both cd's and dvd's in the drive and see if either is read. See if your optical is in your device manager, check the driver listed there to make sure there is not more than one. Try getting the latest driver. If the drive itself is not bad, you may have some conflicting registry entries, and need to fix them.
Update us after trying some of the suggestions above. Good luck.

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#18
April 14, 2011 at 09:21:44
OK PCGEEK.:( It's a(n) Gateway 420GR. and how do you check if it is a SATA drive? Pleae be nice to me, I'n not computer savvy at this sort of stuff..........

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#19
April 14, 2011 at 09:28:43
bluesteel1969, I tried everything there. It only has 1 driver, and it is as updated is it can go, it will not run cd's nor dvd's, and it DOES show up in my computer.(Ok, the my computer one might not have been asked by YOU but.....)

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#20
April 14, 2011 at 10:38:12
SATA vs IDE: http://drivefish.com/blog/wp-conten...

Top picture is IDE, Integrated Device Electronics technology; or EIDE or PATA (Parallel ATA [Advanced Technology Attachment]) depending on the version).

Bottom pic is SATA (Serial ATA).

See Gateway USER Guides Tab here: http://support.gateway.com/us/en/pr...

To get into the BIOS, you hit the F1 Key at system startup (When you see the gateway Splach screen or logo usually) , and BEFORE Windows loads in order to get into the BIOS (Basic Input Output System). Then scroll through the BIOS menus there with your arrow keys, find your DVD, CD perhipherals, and see if they're there. Be careful not make any changes to settings.

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#21
April 15, 2011 at 11:57:02
Ok, well, in the BIOS, its there all right..... Laser lens cleaner did not work, and other discs do not work either.

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#22
April 15, 2011 at 12:09:20
...time for a new DVD-ROM...

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#23
April 15, 2011 at 13:47:27
Ok, but just thinking... This happened when I dual booted windows 7. There is something fishy about this, so before I get a new drive, I need to know why this is happening after w7 was installed.

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#24
April 15, 2011 at 14:06:41
Don't think....just get a new DVD-ROM (or test it in another PC).

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#25
April 16, 2011 at 10:57:37
um... Whats the average price?

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#26
April 19, 2011 at 11:26:42
Ok, I drove over it with my car and got a new one. Works now! (The PROBLEM was that the disc did not spin!)

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#27
April 19, 2011 at 12:25:38
hope ya filmed that for YouTube !

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#28
April 21, 2011 at 13:57:07
:D (Sorry, I was to angry to do that) :D

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