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DVD Drive doesn't read DVD or CD anymore

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Well as the title really, the drive is recognised by windows ( i.e. it appears in My Computer. ), I've checked the device manager etc. and everything says "This device is fine!" but when I insert a CD or DVD all it does is spin it around ( noisily I might add ) and it won't read anything off it. I know the drive -used- to work, but it seemed to just stop sometime ago and I havn't used it since. However I wanted to have access to it recently so I didn't have to keep swapping discs for games. Only a few things I could think of, but I wanted to get opinions here:

1) The drive is on it's last legs - get a new one.
2) The laser/reader is dirty.
3) The jumper setting on the back is incorrect somehow. ( Don't see how it could cause a problem but you never know. )

Any replies welcomed :)
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I would say your first two guesses are probably correct.

Try four or five different CD/DVD's and if still nothing then I would remove it from device manager and then try a new hardware scan to see if it picks it up again and then try the CD's again.

If still no luck then I would open the case and make sure all the cables are connected properly and didn't jar loose or something.

At that point if still no luck, if you have a spare drive it, if not I would say replacement is the next option.

Good luck
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