I have a HP Pavilion dv6000 laptop from about five years ago, have used it near-daily ever since. I've taken care of the hardware, and it has lasted me all this time with minimal hardware issues. I've changed OSes many times over the years, and am now running Windows XP and Linux Mint 9 as a dual-boot setup.
About the drive: sometime last year I discovered that my CD/DVD rewritable drive could no longer burn discs, CDs or DVDs. It could read them fine, but whenever I'd finish a regular burning process, I'd pull out the disc only to find it was still blank. Fast forward to a month ago, it stopped reading DVDs altogether. It can still read CDs (ripped an album with it just fine this month), but now it cannot burn CDs nor DVDs, and can't read DVDs - when I put a DVD in it'll make a clunking pattern and the disc is never recognized by either OS, resulting in me ejecting the drive out of frustration. The drive is recognized any other time.
Any insights will be appreciated, and while I'm not above replacing it, I want to take this as an opportunity to learn something about disc drives, and how I might fix this one.
Edited by Clyde Machine, 28 November 2010 - 02:48 PM.