Solved: CD-ROM drive not recognizing discs

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Darklightr

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This problem just popped up today. Suddenly, my CD-RW drive won't recognize any disks, either data, games, or audio. It won't even spin the disc when I put it in the drive. I was playing a game earlier today and it worked just fine.

My system is free of viruses/spyware/adware/malware. I haven't installed any new hardware or drivers recently or any significant software. The system is cared for well and has not suffered any physical damage.

I looked for new or updated drivers for the drive, and found one (it might have been firmware, though), but when I attempt to install it, it says that the correct drive couldn't be found, telling me that it's for a LITE-ON LTR-48246S (which is exactly what I have).

Any help would be appreciated!
 

Darklightr

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The CD-ROM drive light blinks on and off in boot up, yes. It does it when a CD is put into the drive as well. However, I can hear that it's not spinning, and it never registers that there is a CD in the drive.
 
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Try uninstalling your cd rom driver in device manager and then rebooting and waiting for Windows to automatically install the Windows driver.

Also, when you went to install the driver from the Lite-On site, did you uninstall the cd rom driver that was currently installed first?
 

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I went ahead and uninstalled the driver. When attempting to install the new (firmware?) that I downloaded, I was told "No drive detected." Upon reboot, I still have the same problem with the CD-ROM drive even after Windows re-detects the device.

I read somewhere else that CD-ROM drives can go bad for any number of reasons, so I went ahead and just purchased a new one online (reads/writes both DVDs and CDs). It wasn't too expensive, and it'll be an upgrade from what I have, so I guess that's fine.

Thanks for the help, though. :)
 

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I guess I'll just mark this thread as solved. The solution is to just buy a new CD-ROM drive if yours is screwing up. They're cheap enough. :)
 
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