CD drive not reading disk

  Morphy 17:32 08 Mar 2003

My CD drive works as normal about 90% of the time, but occasionally will not read certain disks.

Eg I have just hold of a copy of Office 97 that I cant install, the drive just makes a funny noise as it tries to read the disk for about a minute, and then just ejects the disk.

Its driving me up the wall as there doesnt seem to be any particular consistency to the problem.

Any help please? I am running Windows XP

  recap 17:36 08 Mar 2003

Make sure the disc is clean. Also, you could pop a CD cleaning disc in the drive to see if that's what is needed.

  cream. 17:39 08 Mar 2003

Is the disk \ disk's that will not read dirty or scratched.

Sometimes even thumb prints can stop the c\d from reading.

I have over the years used a week solution of windowlene, sprayed on the disk, then wiped and then dried.

Do not do it in a circular motion but in a segment clean as if it were portions of apple pie. Sorry for the description but could not think of any better. lol

You may also, of course, have a slightly dirty laser that is not picking up every thing. This could also be why some are read and some not.

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Elsewhere on IDG sites

Alienware 17 R4 2017 review

Is this the future of VR and AR?

Best iPad buying guide 2017

Comment regarder le Bureau des L├ęgendes en ligne ?