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cd drive grinds after inserting cd

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mardigrasvet, Jul 27, 2010.

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  1. mardigrasvet

    mardigrasvet Thread Starter

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    hi, helping a friend on her dell dimension 3000. cd drive always worked but tonite when we insert cds, it grinds and grinds until we pop it open and remove the cd. any clue? thanks.
     
  2. telecom69

    telecom69 Gone but never forgotten

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    If you have tried it with more than one cd and its still the same it sounds as if the bearings have gone in the drive ...make sure no foriegn objects have got trapped in the tray no matter how small....
     
  3. mardigrasvet

    mardigrasvet Thread Starter

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    thanks for your help. cleaned it well, tried music cd and others but it still grinds. i told her to start using memory sticks!
     
  4. Rich-M

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    Time to replace it, they are relatively inexpensive and don't last that long.
     
  5. Tanis

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    As Rich-M says, sounds like the drive is shot and needs to be replaced. If it is being used to play music CDs it will wear out quicker because it is constantly having to spin to access the disk. Converting the CDs to MP3 and keeping them on the hard drive or other solid state drive would be much better.

    I have had my current DVD ROM for about 5 years now and it is still going strong, then again it doesn't get used that much either.
     
  6. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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    Replace the optical drive. You can buy one at most computer and electronics stores for $30 - $40 that read and write CD's and DVD's. I can't imagine having a desktop without a working optical drive. Sooner or later it's needed.

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