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Optical drive suddenly stopped working

Discussion in 'DVD/CDROM Drives' started by umar, Apr 21, 2015.

  1. DSTM (Dougie)

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    I misread your post. Sorry.
     
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    It sounds as if your optical drive is faulty. Is it a tray or a slot drive?
     
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    No but what Dougie means is when it stops where you say it did it could be because it either cannot see the hard drive or the hard drive has some corruption on it that setup cannot deal with. And Dougie you did not misread it that I can see. At the very least we already know you need either a new Windows cd but definitely a new dvd-rw drive, I knew that from your first post so to proceed here without replacing that is foolish.
     
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    Hi Rich. My line of thinking was to run chkdsk which is quick, then if the HHD is OK to buy an external usb cd/dvd player.
    They are very cheap and prob cheaper than replacing your original player which may be hard to locate depending on age.
     
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    As long as it is a CD/DVD slide tray it can be replaced for $15 or $20.
     
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    I am with Cindy here Douggie as it is really 2 screws and 2 cables and you are done depending on how the unit removes from the case. Now you can buy an external these days for $18 but not an rw drive which would be nearer to $30.
     
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    I have heard of people breaking the plastic surround trying to change the player on a laptop. OK if you know what your doing.
    That's why I suggested what I did. Not everyone knows how to change a player in a laptop.
    They are crap players anyway.
     
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    I shall try to find a dry cleaning disk. It is hard to find such things here. Why liquid will damage lens? I think it is made of glass. If nothing works, i shall try some liquid to clean it.

    @ cindy

    It looks like a a CD/DVD slide tray though not sure.

    @ Dougie

    Thanks for suggestion. Will usb cd/dvd player appear in boot option or can it be used to boot? As it will be plugged in usb port, what is its speed as compared to normal optical drive?
     
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    Here is the model according to device manager hp dvd ram uj8b1
     
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    Dougie isn't on line to answer, I am sure he won't mind me doing so though.
    If there is an option to boot off a USB port then yes you should be able to boot from a USB connected disk drive. Speed is of course the normal maximum of USB 2 unless you have a USB 3 port which is much faster, though hardly relevant as disk read and write speeds are quite a lot slower.
     
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    I didn't realize it is a laptop. You do have to find the drive made for the laptop but it usually is just a switch o0n the bottom or a few screws to take out and they come right out. You can Google the model # with the words cd burner behind it and find them easily.
     
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    There is no usb option in boot menu. I just tried a wedding dvd. It took a few seconds to start but later it ran ok.
     
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    May be something wrong with your Windows Dvd. Is the dvd a Microsoft Dvd or some copy?
     
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    I have had DVD's that could not be read.
    Gently washed the CD/DVD disk and it played properly.
     
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    Good point Dougie often the surface of the cd or dvd becomes dirty and then won't read or scratched (tooth paste does wonders filling in cracks on a cd or dvd BTW).
     
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    Why I mentioned, Rich. I had an install disk 3 days ago and wouldn't work. Looked ok.
    Gently washed in light dish washing detergent, rinsed and dried and to my astonishment put it back in the tray and worked brilliant.
     
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    Sounds like a winner Dougie!
     
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    It is a copy. There are also many other cds that optical drive is not reading properly.

    Currently OS is working ok on my laptop. If it is corrupted are gets some virus in the future, do i have any options to re install windows.

    Can i save windows on my hard disk and run set up from there? Is it possible with recent windows? Once i saw a guy who re installed windows xp this way. He started set up that was saved on hard disk while using windows xp and it continues to install on restart. If you do not understand, i shall try to explain again.
     
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    Basically no to all the ideas of copying to reinstall. You should have a restore partition on the laptop as they all start out with them. Tell us make and model and we will tell you how to get to it.
     

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