CD/DVD drive reads disk as empty

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hedrog

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Hello all,
I'm trying to fix a problem on an old P. Bell PC. It is P3 with 60gb HD, 256mb ram, a cd/rw and a dvd drive.
Whenever a CD or DVD is inserted it reads it as empty - ie as a blank disk. It does it with cds in the cd drive and in the dvd drive, also with DVDs in the DVD drive.
I replaced the CDRW drive with a brand new one - same happens.
I replaced the ribbon cable to the m/board - same.
I connected the drive as master, slave and cable connect - same.
I connected the drive as slave with the HD IDE - same.

But the weirdest thing is this: I plugged in a fully working EXTERNAL cd/DVD drive via usb and it acts exactly the same!!!

So the problem must be somewhere other than the drives themselves. Any ideas?

Thanks.
 
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