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CD Rom not reading discs

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ChuckJP, Nov 27, 2001.

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  1. ChuckJP

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    I just upgraded to XP Pro, so I don't know if it has anything to do with it. My drive ( Creative 52X ) became erratic after the upgrade, now it won't read any discs. Auto start fires up when I put in a disc ( audio or data ) but then stops. If I use explorer to check the disc, It tells me to insert a disc. It appears as if the drivers, etc. are fine. Before I trash the drive, is there a way to check it out? I have a cat, I was wondering if I just need to clean the drive somehow, maybe it has cat hair blocking the reading laser or something. How would I clean or check that?
     
  2. Rockn

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    I doubt it's a hairball problem....more than likely XP! Look at all the posts regarding CD-ROM's and XP....see a pattern?? I would go to creatives web site and see if they have drivers or a firmware update for your drive before anything.

    Well maybe not that many posts (could be my dislike for XP has jaded me)
     
  3. slipe

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    Go to device manager and delete the drive. It should load new drivers on reboot.

    If you have some canned air you can try blowing some in the direction of the laser/reader assembly. Not to close though as it could damage it.
     
  4. ChuckJP

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    Um, no, I guess I didn't check that far back in the posts to see any other Creative/XP problems. I may have been a lucky one, ( maybe not? ) I haven't XPerienced any real problems since I've upgraded to XP. I didn't see any drivers available for the 52X on the Creative site though.

    My Yamaha 16/10/40 CD-RW is working fine and is now doing double duty. I'd just like to figure out if it is hardware, software, etc. that is causing my Creative CD to not read discs. I think it worked "a little" (erratically) after the upgrade, now it reads nothing.
     
  5. ChuckJP

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    Slipe....

    Won't that just load the same "recent" XP drivers?
     
  6. ChuckJP

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    I deleted the drive and rebooted. I'm assuming, since I didn't install a Creative disk driver, that it installed the same XP driver as before. It knew what drive it was ( CD5233E ) and appeared to install the drivers. Still no luck...

    Is this only a problem with Creative CD's or is it any CD rom? I guess if I can't get this thing to work, CD Roms are dirt cheap now.
     
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