[techtalk] CD-ROM crapped out.

Akkana akkana at shallowsky.com
Thu Mar 22 13:02:35 EST 2001

> On Wed, Mar 21, 2001 at 10:02:51PM -0500, A Kozic wrote:
> > 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.

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

I saw a problem like this recently.  A few CDs would work, but most of
them acted like nothing was loaded.  Cleaning the CDs helped a bit,
but over the next day or two it got worse and even very clean and
new CDs would spin for a while but stay unrecognized.

I happened to have a spare CDROM drive (recently replaced by a CD
writer) so we installed that in the machine, and the problem vanished.
So it was a problem with the drive.

It might be possible to fix the drive (clean the window over the
laser, possibly?) but it's awfully cheap just to buy a new drive ...

	...Akkana       http://www.shallowsky.com

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