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Sony CDU311-GI CD-ROM Problem

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Computer_Builder_101, Nov 17, 2000.

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  1. Computer_Builder_101

    Computer_Builder_101 Thread Starter

    Nov 10, 2000
    I have an internal IDE Sony CDU311-GI 8x CD-ROM, but I'm having a bit of trouble making it work. When I plug it into my computer, it comes on (the light comes on) and I can hear it (or watch is, when I have the cover off) search for any CD's. However, when I get into Windows 98, I can put a CD into the CD-ROM, but it skims to see if I put a CD in and when I click on drive D: (my CD-ROM drive), it says "Drive not ready" I thought the lens may be dirty, which would cause exactly the problem I'm having, but I cleaned it and it still does the same exact thing.

    Does anybody have any idea why this would happen?

    Thank you for your help!
  2. LarryCore


    Aug 26, 1999
    Considering the age of the drive, I would guess that it is just dead. They don't last forever unfortunately.

    The only other real test you can do is boot with a floppy that has your CD Drivers on it. If it does the same thing there, it's time for a new drive.

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