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My CD drive doesn't work right -- has a blind spot?

By bwarren97
May 29, 2011
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  1. My computer's DVD-ROM drive seems to have a blind spot. Any time I try to install a game through a disc, the installation stops around 20% due to a read error, but everything else installs just fine up to that point. It can read video DVD's just fine, as well as audio CD's. I understand that it is having a problem at this point in time because it's an old computer, but I just want to know how to fix it.
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    "but I just want to know how to fix it"...
    Replace the drive
     
  3. bwarren97

    bwarren97 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 60

    I know that is the best option, but the problem is I don't think a replacement drive is available for this computer. It was probably manufactured around the year 2000. I'm even running Windows XP Pro. Service Pack 2.

    If there is a replacement cd drive available, then where can I take the computer to get it?
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Don't worry about the computers age. The CMOS battery might be dead if you loose the date and time setting with the computer unplugged for a while. You can still buy IDE CD/DVD drives and hard drives. If you have at least 512MB of system memory you should update XP to Service Pack 3... and save your penny's for a new computer. Any good computer service/repair shop can fix you up with the proper CD/DVD drive
     
  5. bwarren97

    bwarren97 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 60

    Ok, I will do that. Thanks!
     
  6. bwarren97

    bwarren97 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 60

    Wait...where do I go to get an upgrade. If I can just download it, post a link.
     
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Just use Windows Update. You can find it in the all programs list. If you have less than 512MB of system memory XP Service Pack 3 might not work for you
     

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