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HungryMan

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quite a few years back i bought a cd burner the acer 24x10x40 cdrw drive. i bought it at a computer show as new to find out it was a refurbished burner. anyway it worked ok from the beginning i mean it was never a great burner. but it has since all but stopped working, most of the time it will not read and it will never burn anymore. even the button to open and close it does not always work. but i can right click and tell it to eject just fine. now i know the first suspect would be wear and tear but if i thought hard enough i could count the number of cds that have been burned with it (because of its shoddy performance). my idea was new firmware but i can not seem to find any.

you have any suggestions as to what i can do to try and get this drive to work?
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Scrap it. Updating the firmware isn't going to fix the fact that the button's stuck and the lasers are worn out. Nothing lasts forever. As it was refurbished in the first place you'll never know how much use it had before you had it.
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well the button works...most of the time. but you say firmware will not maybe at least get it back to reading. it always did read fine.
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Hi there

I'm with Neil on this one. I will be absolutely amazed if upgrading the firmware (assuming that any upgrades even exist) fixes your problems. You could try a laser cleaning disc but they're pretty useless much of the time & won't fix a worn out laser, only a dirty one so probably a waste of money.

Given the price of new burners, just buy another one. Better yet, you may as well invest in a DVD-RW instead as they're about the same price these days.
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yeah i have a dvd burner but i am building a computer for the little brother and wanted to put the acer in it but i guess that would be a no go. got no job right now so it will have to wait. thanks for the advice.

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