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The Bad CD-ROM?

By nathan_2002 ·
I've got a (cheap) 50x IDE CD-Rom. It worked until yesterday. Windows detects the drive, the drive spins up but windows doesn't detect CDs.

I reinstaled the driver. Didn't work.
The cable also has a Zip Drive on it that is still working fine.Can I fix it?

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by plg6 In reply to The Bad CD-ROM?

>I've got a (cheap) 50x IDE CD-Rom. It
>worked until yesterday. Windows detects
>the drive, the drive spins up but windows
>doesn't detect CDs.

Ok. How cheap is cheap? How long has it been working? First and cheapest thing to try would be a CD-ROM lens cleaner. That's a CD ROM with brushes on it to clean off the laser lens. You should be able to find one at a place like Staples, Radio Shack, Office Max, etc.

>I reinstaled the driver. Didn't work.
Since it sort of sees it I think thedriver should be okay.

>The cable also has a Zip Drive on it that
>is still working fine.

The next step to try, assuming the CD-lens cleaner doesn't fix it would be to switch the ZIP and CD-ROM on the cable (changing the master/slave jumpersaccordingly) and then see if you get the CD back but lose the ZIP. In that case bad connector end on the cable.

>Can i fix it?

These are not made to be the most durable of components - if the above two suggestions don't help - just consider a new drive. You can probably get one from one of the auction sites for not much at all.

Good luck.

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by vue In reply to The Bad CD-ROM?

To save the head ache, I would buy another chip cd-rom drive. If You fix it the problem might come back in the near future any way. I don't think the cable or driver is bad, most of the time it is the drive itself. Good luck.

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by gbullers In reply to The Bad CD-ROM?

99% of the time it is a dirty lens inside the cd drive, I have fixed a lot of them by disassembling the drive & cleaning with alcohol & swab stick, just blowing them out almost never works. some one suggested the cd cleaner with brushes which would be worth a try if you feel you can't tear it down (this does take a lot of patients), I would guess that the pc itself probably is in need of cleaning also, even in clean locations they get dirty unbelievably fast!

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