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13-Nov-2010, 05:35 PM #1
ASUS optical drive not reading CD's
I have a problem with my ASUS SDRW-08D1S-U external optical drive. My computer is an HPMini notebook with Windows XP, but the problem persist on my HPPavilion with Vista, and my daugther's Eee with XP. When plugged in via USB, the disk drive appears on My Computer Folder as DVD RW Drive (F). When I insert a Video DVD it works ok (plays the movie fine). However, when a music CD, or a program disk is inserted, it reads the disk, but then the drive icon on the folder dissapears, and it keeps reading the disk without any action. The last time I used it, about 6 weeks ago, it read a program disk, loaded, and used the program ok. So its a new thing today. Any ideas how to solve it? Thanks.
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13-Nov-2010, 06:19 PM #2
DVD / CDRW combination drives are notorious for one part of the function dying....they use two different lasers from what I have read, so they can partly be bad while the other function is still OK. There is no fix.

I don't know the age or warranty coverage, but check on that it may still be covered......

If it behaves the same on more than one PC it's shot.

You could check on the Windows features called Autoplay and try to set the default action, for example when a program disk (application) is put into the drive, I want X to happen (usually, either run or Open to view files and folders....


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