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no disc in drive........still not resolved

By forensicnut ·
tried everything previously mentioned on the forum now and just sooooo weary of it all. Nothing seems to work.
Should I give up the ghost and go buy a new DVD drive?

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I'm not familiar with your case so can you ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to no disc in drive........s ...

Post a link to where I can find it please ?

I don't know what you are referring to.

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Are you saying that you have previously posted

by Jacky Howe In reply to no disc in drive........s ...

because if you have it is not under your current logon. :)

To verify that the CD is clean and free of scratches, examine the shiny side of the disc. To clean the disc, wipe it with a soft cloth in a straight line from the center of the disc to the edge. If there are no visible scratches, and if the errors still occur after you clean the CD, follow the steps in the "Test for a Damaged CD" section. If the CD appears scratched, try a new CD.


Test for a Damaged CD
To determine whether the CD is damaged: 1. Insert the CD into your computer's CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
2. Click Start, and then click Run.
3. In the Open box, type cmd, and then click OK.
4. At the command prompt, change to the CD-ROM drive (this is typically drive E). To do so, type e: (or whatever the letter of your CD-ROM drive is), and then type the following command:
dir /s
If you receive an error message, the CD is damaged, or the CD-ROM drive cannot read the CD.

Tech steps to determine Faulty Drive
Check that all cables are seated properly on the Motherboard and CD.
Replace ribbon cable with a new one or known working.
Try another CD Drive.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en;321641

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I'm not sure what has been suggested either

by OH Smeg In reply to no disc in drive........s ...

But if you have spent more than 20 minutes attempting to make it work I would just replace the drive.

First thing I would have tried is a Live Linux to see if the drive works under that OS loaded from the CD into RAM. If it works then I would start looking at the installed Software as there is a Software Conflict occurring.

There is a List here of Down loadable Live Linux's that you can test with. They start with things like Puppy which is about 60 Megs long and work all the way up from there. However the most useful one is Knoppix STD which can be used for a lot of different things to fix Windows when it is required.

http://tinyurl.com/23nmq

If you don't want to down load for free you can always buy a copy from the Makers or whoever. Or you could walk into the nearest newsagent and buy a Linux Mag with a Live Linux on the Cover Disc.

Col

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