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[*] posted on 4-1-2017 at 13:52
Originally posted by Katzy
You can buy lens cleaners, I believe....

They're still available, but the low cost of a replacement is still the overriding factor re spending any money/time with this.

I have a laptop that has an optical drive, and has seen almost no use. A system of flash drives occasionally 'porting' data back and forth is a reasonable plan.

And the serviceable DVD burner might well last for a good while, and its whirring noise while burning can be masked.

We've all given this topic a good run, so let's button it up!

[*] posted on 4-1-2017 at 11:12
You can buy lens cleaners, I believe. Not seen one for ages, though.

[*] posted on 4-1-2017 at 04:37
Why don't you just rip all your CDs to the HDD. My Optical Drive rarely gets used these days, and even then only to play borrowed DVDs.

[*] posted on 3-1-2017 at 17:49
Originally posted by Katzy
Pure guess... Is there any crap on the CD drive's lens?

I suppose that is a possibility; but I've never taken one apart, but of course I have nothing to lose at this point. And of course the bottom line is simply to forget about it and buy a new one. I have a 2nd desktop PC (right alongside this one) that I will be getting into the innards of in a week or so, and before I spend any coin of the realm, I will see what happens in that machine.

Plan A, Part B, by the way, is to put a blank CD in and see if I can burn something. Plan A, Part C, is to put a movie in and see if it plays, but I've looked around and I can't seem to find any old movies that were released on a CD rather than a DVD.

[*] posted on 2-1-2017 at 18:31
Pure guess... Is there any crap on the CD drive's lens?

[*] posted on 2-1-2017 at 17:29
Legacy Optical Disc Drives Issue

I have 3 ATA internal optical disc drives from the early 2000's. One is a DVD/CD burner which works just fine; and 2 CD only burners; these 2 have some sort of an ongoing problem, and thus this topic. All of this is occurring on the same desktop PC.

My attempt to get these drives working is simply to play commercial music CDs (bought from legitimate retailers); the DVD burner makes a noticeable whirring sound that I have to turn up the volume to mask, and I presume that it's on its way out. AND YES, I know how cheap a replacement optical disk drive is (the only thing cheaper than a replacement is me!!!).

The problematic CD only ones (installed one at a time), show up in Device Manager free and clear of any of the nasty icon symbols; and I checked for updated drivers and there are none. And they consistently appear in Explorer with the same drive letter (as well as in POST during boot up).

However when I click on the drive letter, REGARDLESS of whether or not there is a CD in the tray, I get the pop up window that I've embedded, i. e., as soon as I click on the drive letter, the tray opens up with the popup window, and if I place a CD in the tray and close it, I get a never ending hourglass symbol.

I'm virtually certain that this is NOT a DRM issue (I've tested with commercial CDs from the 80's). I have also included in my testing a homemade CD with mp3 files, and the results are the same.

And it is NOT very likely to be an ATA data cable issue either. I've used the same data cable as I did with the DVD burner (and which I also use [after unplugging it] for 2 ATA HDs OSs which boot just fine.

FYI: it is very unlikely that I put these CD drives into storage if they were defective at the time, and the fact that they show up in Device Manger should be a "go" that they are still serviceable.

So where do I go from here???