CD/DVD reader contantly active but wont read disk

  jack 22:06 08 Sep 2004

I know I am sure this has been covered but but but

The CD/DVD drive activity light is constantly flashing.
Sometimes the drawer will not open, then it will and snap shut.
Getting a disk in and the drive sends insert disk message countless times and then reads it -sometimes.

Is this a dying drive/corrupt driver/Bios done something daft
Any ideas please.

  stalion 22:12 08 Sep 2004

try going to device manager and removing it altogether,re-boot and let windows find and re-install it

  jack 13:46 09 Sep 2004

Thanx for that stalion

But if only that simple
As I conducted the surgery, before, during and after, it just kept on winking.
and is still winking and keeping shut or beaking fingers as it snaps shut

  PA28 15:01 09 Sep 2004

Make sure all your IDE leads are correctly connected and are fully home. I have seen this happen when a cable was inadvertantly connected the wrong way round (ie pin 1 at the wrong end). Not all are keyed.

  jack 19:41 09 Sep 2004

thanx for that a28
Leads are a good point will check em out also try a different drive that will pin point drive/machine over the week end.

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