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DVD and CD-RW problems

By bazsq ·
A few days ago i started my pc and noticed my DVD and Cd-RW arnt working and dont show in "my computer" Bios dosnt detect them. I started it again next day and they both working fine restarted it and they gone again. It keeps doing it and ive not been doing anything to fix it. When its not workins bios wont detect either drives, the DVD has power and it will open but the CD-RW dosnt seem 2 have power and wont open. But when its working they are good as new? any ideas?

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by jschein In reply to DVD and CD-RW problems

It seems like your cd-rw has gone bad... Unplug the data cable going into the cd-rw and test your system... Does the other one work fine now?

It is common with time for cd-rw's to go out after time. Cheaper, faster ones can be purchased through newegg.com.

One thing to try also would be to replace the data cable, however, seeing as the cd-rw does not open when the button is pushed would let you know - bad drive.

Good luck.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to DVD and CD-RW problems

open box and see if they are both cabled to the same controller. if so, suspect controller. or bad cable. reseat connector at motherboard. try new cable if that doesn't fix it. and then try replacing with 3rd part ide controller card (cheap) like Promise ide controller. maybe you can move stuff around, get cd and/or dvd drive on another controller to prove it will stay working first...got good virus protection?

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by tjc In reply to DVD and CD-RW problems

after checking the cables, check your power supply also.

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