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disc drive won't read CDs


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I have an e-machine with windows XP and my disc drive won't read anything. I can't play a CD, upload my music from a CD onto windows media player, or any of that good stuff.

I followed directions given here: http://www.geekstogo...rk-t220353.html

and my disc drive now shows up in 'my computer' (which it didn't before) but it still does not want to work. Should I wait for the person in that thread to respond? Or will someone help me? If I should wait for the person who was helping in the above thread, my apologies for starting a new thread. I just want to know these things because I might be buying a new disc drive soon if this doesn't get fixed.
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Does the drive light come on, when you insert disk?
Can you hear disk spinning?
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Yes to both. I can hear it spin for a little bit. and then it goes like "ernk" and doesn't spin anymore.
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I think, it's dead.

One more thing to try...

Go to Device Manager, click a "+" sign next to IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers.
You'll see two items:
- ATA Channel0 (or Primary Channel)
- ATA Channel1 (or Secondary Channel)
Right click on each of them, and click Uninstall. Confirm.
Restart Windows. They'll be automatically reinstalled.
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Where's device manager located?

and if it indeed is dead, I just go buy another one and get somebody to install it?

Edited by mcghanclan, 11 December 2008 - 12:27 AM.

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Go Start>Run, type in:
devmgmt.msc
Click OK.


You can install the drive yourself. New double layer DVD RW sell for $30.
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