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CD/DVD Won't Read Discs

By nemotherotten
Feb 3, 2007
  1. Ok, now this CD/DVD drive is no hot-off-the-press baby....it's been to Iraq and back....while I'm loading CD after CD into my iPod, it all off a sudden decides to not be able to read discs.

    It makes a buzzing sound as it races in the drive, then quits, and retries to read the CD.....what is going on?

    It worked fine one minute...and was being all buzzy the next. Can somebody please help me?

    I've tried with both CDs and DVDs with the same result.
     
  2. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Guru Posts: 1,003   +11

    okay i have some solution right here which i have made previously
    here is the copy-paste of my notes:

    My simple possible solutions for error in DVD/CD Drives:

    A. Hardware Condition
    Age: If it's more than 1 year, common enough seeing problem like this. Otherwise, warranty is one of the solutions.
    Physical: Have it been falling down? Any major scratch or damage could be seen in Cable or Drive?

    B. CD Compatibility and Quality
    Brand: Same brand of your CD or DVD with the Drive result in compatibility at most.
    Compatibility: How many brand of disc have you tried? Try using 4 different brands of CD to see how it works,
    or then use golden-coloured Disc which have better quality

    (Mine can't do imation discs while my friend can't do TDK discs)

    C. Wrong installation
    Cable: If it's IDE, make sure that the cable isn't inverted.
    Jumper: Check whether it is installed in the right position.
    Power: Try re-plugging-in the power cable tightly.
    Check also the IDE mode in the device manager, whether it's in PIO or DMA mode.

    (I've ever installing IDE drives with inverted cable and it result in various slowliness and errors)

    D. Bugs
    If various method you've found in internet could not solve your problem, maybe you might think about renewing your firmware.

    E. Virus Intruders Spyware Trojan Adware (vista)
    Windows Drivers infected: It will come to this mess and you'll need a virus-cleaning or re-installation of windows.
    Windows registry error:
    Maybe you need to reset the windows registry or either re-install windows.
    Here is the method of reseting the registry without reinstall.

    1. Click Start.
    2. Click Run.
    3. In the "open" field type REGEDIT.
    4. Click OK.
    5. Click "File" in the menu bar.
    6. Click "Export" from the drop down menu this will open a new box.
    7. click the down arrow beside "Save In" and select "Local Disk (c".
    8. In the File Name field type BACKUP.REG.
    9. Verify that under the ?Export Range?, that the radio button is beside "All".
    10. Click Save.
    11. Click the plus sign (+) beside HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
    12. Click the plus sign (+) beside System.
    13. Click the plus sign (+) beside CurrentControlSet.
    14. Click the plus sign (+) beside Control.
    15. Click the plus sign (+) beside Class.
    16. In the left hand window pane click on {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318} to select that key.
    17. In the right hand window pane select the UpperFilters registry key and press the delete key on the keyboard.
    18. Confirm with and OK.
    19. In the right hand window pane select the LowerFilters registry key and press the delete key ont he keyboard.
    20. Confirm with and OK.
    21. Click the "X" in the upper right hand corner of the Registry Editor window to close it.
    22. After this is completed, goto device manager and uninstall the drive. Turn off the PC and re boot it, and the drive should work again

    F. Final Words
    I know my write-up is just simple and not complete, hence if your problem is not solved by any methods
    (including searching most websites) i suggest replacing your DVD/CD drive then.
     
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    The buzz is indication of a fatal failure in most cases. I would be interested to learn if any of this work offered by nismo91 works. CD-RW and DVD-RW optical drives are the most failure prone components of any computers system... built by machine in China. Even those only 4 to 8 months old die way too often. In some brands 7 percent of the discs are bad. But if the drive is over a year old, it is simple and appropriate to replace the drives. Luckily they are fairly inexpensive. Avoid Sony, HDS, LaCie, HP, and no-name brands
     
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