cd-rom skipping, not reading?

By heyzeus ยท 6 replies
Apr 28, 2002
  1. cd-rom question

    is it possible for a cd-rom drive to not read ALL of the files but some of them when installing? like occasionally skip a file "just because"?
    i once had a computer freezing problem but somebody told me it was possible the cd-rom was doing that. it was a kenwood 52x multi-beam. i never heard of anything like that ever...
  2. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Maniac Posts: 2,244

    I remember when the 52x CD ROMS first came out that I read something about some problems reading but it was usually caused by the drive spinning too fast for the laser and it usually gave a read error when this happened. I don't know if your drive is one of the ones mentioned. Usually a problem of the nature you described could be caused by a dirty CD or laser, there may also be another cause, but nothing I can think of at the moment.
  3. uncleel

    uncleel TS Rookie Posts: 980

    Despite their speed rating, they all slow down to a usable stable speed to reduce vibration.
    "Skip a file just because?" I doubt it too. Could also be a scratched or dirty cd.
  4. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 664

    It could be that the laser is not being aligned properly with the disk as it is spinning. Or perhaps the mechanism is dusty etc. If you are happy with dismantling it, open it up and blast it with compressed air, but be careful around the laser lens.

    Also, I have a DVD drive that is getting a bit dodgy now, as it will only read CD's and DVD Movies, but not DVD Data. Any ideas anyone?
  5. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    I had this too.... gave it a clean with a cleaning DVD which helped for about 12 months but after that it completely broken down.
  6. T-Shirt

    T-Shirt TS Rookie Posts: 289

    I would suspect dust in the drive.
    Give it a good blow out with canned air
  7. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    another thing you can try is getting a Laser lens cleaner. You are SUPPOSED to clean your cd rom drive every 10 hours of use, but I know that most people rarely do. You might give that a shot, I know it has solved some of my problems with cdrom problems.
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