My CD-Rom at work wont work

By misangelus ยท 12 replies
Jan 15, 2004
  1. It wont read or recongize anything when i put any software or music cd in the drive. Please help. thanks
  2. ak_in_charge

    ak_in_charge TS Rookie Posts: 119

    Well you can always take your CDROM out and take it apart to clean the lens up a bit, that usually takes care of the problem, but that can be tricky if you don't know what your doing.

    It sounds to me like your CDROM is bad.

    I don't know what you cash flow is but there really not expensive at all if you do have to put in a new one.

    Good luck.
  3. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Try checking the cables, at the motherboard, and on the drive, as they could have slipped out somehow. After checking them thoroughtly, I would assume that the drive is bad. Just get a new one, they are no more than 20 dollars brand new. Check ebay or a local computer shop.
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    To take another view based on this limited information - perhaps his work has just disabled access to that drive for its employees.
  5. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    That could be, but I'm not sure why a company would disallow employees to use their drives. I would think they are pretty important for daily operations. But maybe they have everything they need on the network, who knows. Good point SNGX
  6. misangelus

    misangelus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the help. I will check the cables and see whats going on and if its a bad cd rom then i will get my boss to replace it. Thanks again.

  7. tripleione

    tripleione TS Rookie Posts: 154

    If your cables aren't UDMA-capable, you might try enabling PIO transfers on your drive. It will be a lot slower and use more CPU time, but your drive will work at least.

    Right click My Computer -> Properties -> Hardware -> Device Manager -> IDE ATA ATAPI controllers -> Secondary IDE channel -> Advanced Settings

    Change Primary device to PIO mode only.
  8. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    i agree, i expect the drive has just been disabled but if it hasn't then you can try using a lens-claner cd first before replacing the whole thing.
  9. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    If you have to buy a plain cd-rom drive, they are dirt cheap. At they are about $13 to $15 plus shipping and tax (if any).

    By the way, if you use the earphone jack on the front of the cd-rom drive itself, note that not all replacement cd-rom drives come with an earphone jack anymore. Some still do, so just something to watch for maybe.
  10. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Did you check this thread's date? :haha:

    January 15 2004 :haha:
  11. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    Don't you just hate when that happens? :) Maybe I should add that to the things-you-hate thread.
  12. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    oh yeah haha might be a bit out of date now :D
  13. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    A little bit outdated :)
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