[techtalk] CD-ROM crapped out.

ktb x.y.f at home.com
Wed Mar 21 22:13:35 EST 2001

On Wed, Mar 21, 2001 at 10:02:51PM -0500, A Kozic wrote:
> This is a non-linux-specific Q, but hell, I'll give it a shot.
> I got a frantic call from my hunny today... Apparently Starcraft crashed
> on him, and when he tried to start it back up, the CD drive wouldn't
> respond.
> So I try to access it in linux, and it acts as if there is no CD in the
> drive. I try different CDs. The CDs spin for a bit and the drive light
> comes on, but that is it. It won't recognise a music CD to play through
> its headphone jack either.
> Boot into windows, same problem. The drive is visible, and everything says
> it is working fine, but it swears there is no CD.
> All the cables are still plugged in tight. That is the extent of my
> hardware troubleshooting skills.
> Nothing new was installed & nothing was changed recently. The CD drive has
> been working very happily for a while now.
> Someone suggested it could be dirty. I tried using a CD lens-cleaner CD,
> but that did nothing.
> What sort of troubleshooting can I do? (In Win98 or RH7. I don't care
> which, as long as it works.)
> My SO goes stir crazy when he can't play Starcraft, so if you know
> *anything* that might help, please let me know. (On list or off.)

If you have another cdrom stick it in said computer and see if it works.
Sounds like the cdrom might be hosed.

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