CD Drives rarely recognise discs

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bandyandy

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Hi folks,
Over the past few weeks both my CD-RW and CD drives have been increasingly less likely to recognise any discs. (Cleaning the disc and trying again [often repeatedly] was the only solution i could find)

Initially it started happening on the CD-RW drive with CD-R discs that had not been finalised but it has steadily got worse until this morning when i cannot get them to recognise any discs at all.

Can anyone shed any light on this? Is it simply that the lenses need cleaning and if so what is the best way to do that. Or have the drives slowly died and i need to go shopping?

Thanks for your help,

Andy
 

bandyandy

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Thankyou both for your help.

Seekermeister:
This problem appears to be media independent. Discs that were fine a few weeks back are not being recognised today.

pshnfry:
That fix looks mighty useful but unfortunately the details dont match.

If anyone can shed any further light ...............

Cheers

Andy
 

crjdriver

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If I understand this post, you have two separate optical drives that will not recognize cds. Are both of these drives connected to the same ide channel on your board / controller? If so, I would try each device on another ide channel if possible.

Have you tried another cable?

It is possible that both drives have failed, however I would do some checking first before replacing them.
 

bandyandy

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Hi crjdriver,
Yes, i have two seperate optical drives that will not recognise cds. Both have deteriorated gradually over the past few weeks, going from recognising most cds to, now, rarely recognising any.

It is going to be a couple of days before i get a chance to open up my PC and i am not very familiar with some of the terms for its contents so i hope you dont mind if we take this back to basics.

The ide channel is the socket into which the cable from the drive is plugged. Yes?

Trying another ide channel means plugging the cable into a different socket. Yes?

Both drives could have seperate cables or may use the same one. Yes?

Thankyou for your help and your patience,

Andy
 

crjdriver

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Yes you are correct; the ide channel is where you plug the cable into the board or in rare cases a controller card.
You most likely have two ide channels on your board; you can try the other one.
Both drive can be on one cable. Each channel supports two devices; for a total of four ide devices. Your drives might be both on one channel [most likely ide2] OR one may be slaved to the hd on ide1.
 
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