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Help! Dvd-rom drive wont read!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by roddyf, Nov 10, 2007.

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  1. roddyf

    roddyf Thread Starter

    Nov 10, 2007
    I just come across this forum while looking for a solution to my problem, it looks a great place for help!

    My pc is a HP Pavillion t850.uk. The dvd writer drive, (a dvd writer 630 i think) has decided to overnight, stop reading any kind of disc. It attempts to but just makes a kind of clicking noise instead of spinning. The drive is recognised by the pc and the device status says its working properly.

    Is it fixable or should I just buy a new writer. I do use quite a lot so is it possible its just worn out? I do have an older paviillion base unit which died on me, could I in theory swop the drives over?

    That leads to my next question. Whether a buy a replacement drive or can use the one from the older pc, is it a job I can do or should I get a pc repair shop to do it? Id like to try and do it myself if i can, Ive been looking on the net for a guide but havent found much.

    Id be very grateful for any help from anyone
  2. norton850


    Mar 8, 2004

    One thing to try if you have a Windows disc or a HP recovery disc is to set the computer to boot from the CD?DVD drive. If your computer can read the disc preWindows it eliminates the problem that Windows is causing this to happen. Obviously do not run any of the recovery just see if it reads it and get out of there.

    You can also go into Device Manager and uninstall the drive, exit and reboot and let Windows install it. Check all cables inside the computer that go to the drive.

    Do you have installed any third party programs that involve the drive like Nero?

    If it still doesn't work it is easy enough to install a new DVD drive and we can help you with that.
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