Is there something wrong with my CD/DVD drive

January 20, 2011 at 16:42:33
Specs: Windows XP & Windows 7, P4/1.5GB - Core i5/4GB
I inserted a Windows XP CD into my optical drive but the computer wont boot from it. I chose boot from CD but the drive just makes some noise. So if it does not even want to boot from the CD/DVD drive, does that mean I need a new drive.? I have a Dell Inspiron 1300

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#1
January 20, 2011 at 21:03:06
"...does that mean I need a new drive...?", OR (more likely), the CD is dirty/defective/re-writable when it should not be, etc. With the scant information you have offered so far, there can be no solid conclusion on our part.

Now we have to repeat questions that should have been answered in your original question... Like, have you tried that same CD in another computer? Have you tried another CD in this computer? You know, obvious stuff... whereby it does not , of a sudden, become our sole responsibility to extract piece-by-piece some of those basic baby-steps. Try again. Seriously, this time -- then, guess what, you might get some help.


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#2
January 20, 2011 at 21:46:51
Clean the laser lens on the drive.
Eject the laptop CD/DVD drive's tray and with no disk on it, wipe off the obvious laser lens with a tissue or a soft cloth.

If the CD/DVD drive is a removable module that you can easily unplug, make sure it's pushed all the way into it's socket.

The drive is defective or damaged if....
- it will not eject it's tray at any time when you press the button on the front of it when the computer is running
- if it has an led on the front of it, if the led on the front of it does not light up briefly when you insert a disk and then retract the tray when the computer is running .
- the led does light up when you insert a disk and then retract the tray when the computer is running, but it says on for a longer time, or blinks off and on for a longer time.



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#3
January 21, 2011 at 08:21:48
OMG, I should listen to rude answers... not.

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#4
January 21, 2011 at 10:42:50
IMpatient is right in saying you should have provided more info.

Probably the most frequent problem we who regularly answer here have is the person who started the Topic did not provide enough information. As far as I am, and many others who answer regularly are, concerned, the more details that are supplied, the more feedback from the person who started the Topic to any responses from others, the better.

You don't necessarily need to buy a drive from Dell.
There are lots of clone drives available on the web for a reasonable price, and some of them have specs that are better than your original drive.

Search the web using something such as: Inspiron 1300 replacement DVD drive
to find ones that are physically compatible with your model. Make sure your laptop model is listed in the ad.
DO NOT buy a used optical drive - it will NOT last as long as a new one.

The most frequent thing that causes an optical drive to become un-usable is the cheap sleeve bearings in the motor have deteriorated to the point that the motor can no longer spin the disk at even 1X speed (the legacy original audio CD speed), or the motor will not start to spin the disk at all (the most common symptoms of that - the led does light up when you insert a disk and then retract the tray when the computer is running, but it says on for a longer time, or blinks off and on for a longer time, when the drive is capable of reading the type of disk, or the disk does not change it's position at all when you compare that when it's first inserted to when it's ejected after that).


Dell probably has info about how to remove the drive. If it's not an easily removed module, usually you merely eject it's tray, remove one specfic screw on the bottom of the laptop, then gently wiggle the drive out of it's socket by wiggling the tray.
(If it won't eject when you press the button on it, there is a tiny hole on it's front that you can insert a stiff wire that's long enough straight inwards into to release the tray's "catch" and pop it out a bit.)

Search the web for: Inspiron 1300 manual.
One of the first "hits" will be Documentation for the model on the Dell site - the info is probably in the service manual.


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#5
January 22, 2011 at 09:50:51
I already did all this but thanks anyway (I'm not 10). He may have been right but he could have been more considerate. I did do the obvious stuff but I didn't type it all on here because I thought it would be too much for you people to read. I did it before and I didn't get any answers or it was "lengthy."

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#6
January 23, 2011 at 11:53:49
My intention was not to be rude, just a wake-up call. It is considerate on the part of the OP to include information that, if it is not provided, has to be requested bit-by-bit.

Surely it is not considered "lengthy" to mention that you have done steps 1, 2 and 3 in eliminating possible causes of the problem. So now you claim that you have already performed some of those "process of elimination" tests, but you have not told us what the results were...! Why?


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#7
January 23, 2011 at 15:27:48
Awe man, you caught me! No! I'm just a 19-year-old trying to know about computers. Why must it be this way? I edited my first message to one sentence (OMG, I should listen to rude answers... not.) My original one also said that I need a new drive and thanks for the help but this has turned into a discussion of etiquette. I knew the next day after posting this question when I read Tubes answer. I'll still return for more help from you computer guys and gals....

It's better when they ask bit-by-bit. Why must this bother you so much? I don't think everyone on here is an "expert."


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