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Cd ROM and DVD not working

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by lola2001, Oct 13, 2003.

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  1. lola2001

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    This is going to be a bit difficult because I am trying to solve a friends problem over the phone so I can't see the computer. Her CD/ROM (D) and DVD (E) drives are not working. They show up in my computer and in the device manager as working properly. The DVD drive actually makes a noise when a Cd is in there but does nothing and the CD/ROM doesn't even make a peep. We've tried several CD's in both drives. Then checked the bios boot sequence. D:/ was first so changed it to A:/ and tried booting from a floppy with CD-ROM support. Kept getting a message saying CDR-101 NOT READY READING DRIVE E. I put something in the E drive and it still did not work. I tried moving the windows CD to the E drive but I still got the same thing. In DOS I can go from A:/ to D:/ to E:/ and it reads all files on whatever CD is in there. Another thing on the CD/ROM drive there is a green light that goes off when you open it and a red light comes on while the CD is in there...that can't be good right? I don't know what else to tell her to try. Any suggestions? Thanks.
     
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    I would go to device manager and delete both then reboot and let windows reinstall both. If no joy then do an online virus scan.
     
  3. lola2001

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    I had her delete the CD-ROM but it still didn't work upon reboot. I didn't tell her to do them both though. Does that matter? Online virus scan? Can you recommend one please? No joy yet, thanks.
     
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    Is there a history behind the disappearance? Anyone playing inside?
     
  6. lola2001

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    Nobody playing inside. They wouldn't know how to even open the computer. They check their email and that's it. I thought of that also but was assured that nobody had opened the tower.
     
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    See if you can read a disk by booting with a boot disk w/cdrom support.....If you can't read one in dos, then it's a hardware issue.
     
  8. lola2001

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    mobo. I will forward the House call and have her run it. Thanks.
     
  9. lola2001

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    Yes, I can read both drives from DOS.
     
  10. ~Candy~

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    Ok, then right click on my computer, properties, performance....anything about dos compatibility mode.......fingers crossed for a NO answer ;)
     
  11. lola2001

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    I forwarded your question to her and I'm waiting to hear back from her. I'll post her answer as soon as she gets back to me. Thanks.
     
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    What operating system is she running? Guess I should have asked that back a post or two ;)
     
  13. lola2001

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    Oh. Sorry. I should have mentioned that. Windows 98.
     
  14. ~Candy~

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    Ok, good, then my above 'my computer' instructions will work ;)
     
  15. lola2001

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    I'm speaking to her now on the phone and under performance she is not seeing anything that has the word dos or the word compatibility. What now?
     
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