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uh oh I think this DVD drive died

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by gameman, Oct 30, 2006.

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  1. gameman

    gameman Thread Starter

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    Hi all,
    I have a DVD-Rom drive (internal by samsung) suddenly started having problem loading CD's at times. And upon doing some experimenting, it fails every time at track 6 of a audio CD. It keeps seeking trying to find it. Other tracks seem ok though (at least 1-5). And some data cd's that are full it usually gets the data off of it. But game CD's it has a real problem with when it gets to that area of the CD. I have tried various other CD's and they all do the same thing also all of my CD's are clean and scratch free. Does anyone have any other suggestions? Or is this drive bound for the dump?

    -Game
     
  2. ace_coffee

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    have you tried a cd drive cleaner? other than that, if it were me, I'd just get a new one.
     
  3. gameman

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    Yes though it is not desinged for CD-ROM/DVD drives but it seemed to work. I didn't think that dirt would affect one track on the lense. On the CD definitly but not on lense itself. In any case it didn't seem to make any difference.

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  4. erick295

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    Cleaning kits usually don't work. Try taking the drive apart and cleaning the lens that way. It sounds like a bad drive though.

    Lenses don't have "tracks," they move laterally.
     
  5. Wolfeymole

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    It sounds to me that the shaft which the lens is fixed to is dry, bereft of lubrication.
    Rather than open it to lubricate it I would obtain a new drive.
     
  6. gameman

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    Ok I may try taking it apart to clean it. But what I meant by "tracks" is that the drive has the same problem in the same area of every CD (data or audio). I was just referring to "tracks" to give it a location as audio tracks are always in the same location on a disc where as data can be anywhere.

    As to a possible shaft problem. I wondered about that but I didn't think that lubing it would help, but now that you mention that, it makes sense. What kind of lube do you suggest? I will probably get a new drive anyway but would like to know for a future note. I realize that it would be a delicate procedure and one mistake is going to make a big mess (aka throwing lubricant all over).

    -Game
     
  7. Wolfeymole

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    A very light machine oil Gameman.
    I had exactly the same problem on a cd player a while ago where it would only track to a certain point.
    All cd players track from the centre outwards and cdrw/dvd players are no exception.
     
  8. gameman

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    Ok I was wondering if it was a oil or more of a grease. And yes I knew they all track from the inside out (one reason that DVD drives are backwards compatiable with cd's and audio cd's). I wil have to do a little more testing to see if I can get data past the "problem point" or if it does the same thing. And thanks for the info on the lubercant Wolf.

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  9. erick295

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    If the lubricant is going to touch anything plastic, make sure it's not petroleum based, or it will dissolve it. Some kind of grease would probably work better since it wouldn't run all over like oil does.

    It's about a 10 minute job and it might save you $30, so I guess it's worth trying :)
     
  10. gameman

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    I just thought I would try a little on a q-tip and rub it on the rails. Seems like that would keep it from making a mess while getting the oil right where you want it. I do have some light machine oil, but I don't have grease currently. I know that some cheap drives have plastic rails but I belive this one has metal ones. I will have to check, it has been a while since I installed this drive.

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  11. Wolfeymole

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    As I say a very very light machine oil, NOT grease.
    A similar oil that you would use to perhaps lube your hedge cutters.
    Deffo the Q tip as finger grease will impede it.
     
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