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Windows 7: DVD drive reads DVDs, but not CDs

01 Jun 2010   #11
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit

There used to be CDs that could be used to clean the CD/DVD lens. Don't know if they are still available but if they are, it would be worth trying one to see if you only have a dirty CD lens. Would cost a lot less than buying a new CD/DVD drive for your laptop.

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01 Jun 2010   #12

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Do you have a bootable CD you can test?

If you can boot your machine from a CD, that will tell you that it's a software problem rather than hardware.
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01 Jun 2010   #13

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pianoguy345 View Post

My attempts to swap the drive were unsuccessful. The hardware did not seem to be compatible with the different brands of laptops and I didn't want to physically force it in.

Is there a cleaner or repair for my CD drive? Do you recommend just buying a new one?

Would I be able to use my working computer to create iso's and transfer them on a flash drive to my computer without a CD drive?
Cleaner would be compressed air-gently applied.
Yes, you can always use flashdrive to transfer info.
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