Optical drives can't read from cd or dvd

  reddwarf 19:40 21 Sep 2004

I am trying to sort out a computer for a friend and have run into something I can't fathom. The optical drives will recognise that a disk has been put into the drive but when you try to read from it you get the no disk in the drive message.

I fixed this by running system restore and thought the problem had gone, but after about 5-6 uses both the drives fail to operate properly.

System restore will put it right again but running it should not be needed just to keep these drives in operation.

Packard Bell iMedia system running Win XP Home 256MB ram P4 2.6GHz DVD drive CDRW drive.

The drives are found in the Bios and shown as working properly in device manager

  reddwarf 09:30 22 Sep 2004


  jack 10:37 22 Sep 2004

How about going from scratch?
Disconnect power and data cable -both ends.
Remove all related software, driver, burner, etc.

Power down

Start up
Install driver
Install software one at a time and then test each item before the next.
If any soft ware is pre XP- check compatability.
See what happens

  jack 10:49 22 Sep 2004

Also check the master slave relationship/on each ISA bus Ie if they are to gether on the same bus
one [prefably the fastest] should be master the other a slave.
If they are on different ISA bus with other drives. one must be master the other slave.
Hardrives should be master and subsidury drives
[optical/zip] slaves.

  reddwarf 05:25 23 Sep 2004

Still no joy I'm afraid.

I feel it has to be software rather than a hardware fault as system restore fixes it every time. Antivirus and Firewall installed and upto date.

Any more thoughts anyone?

  reddwarf 07:48 05 Oct 2004


  Diodorus Siculus 08:04 05 Oct 2004

HAve you tried the system file checker



sfc /scannow

It needs the OS CD.

[This is my usual recommendation for software faults but I am not sure of its value this time...]

  reddwarf 21:08 21 Mar 2005

A long time ago I know but the answer may help somebody. The problem was caused by security software supplied with a pendrive. When the software was installed the optical drives weren't seen. Take the software away and back came the drives. It seems this problem was quite widespread around the workplace where this pendrives had been issued.

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