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Is my drive shot?

Discussion in 'DVD / Blu-ray drives' started by OnlyStL, Sep 15, 2007.

  1. OnlyStL

    OnlyStL Guest

    I am using a HL-DT-ST DVD-RW GWA-4082N drive and tonight it doesn't recognize any dvd that I put into it. cd's work fine. Any suggestions? If the drive is shot, any recommendations for a new internal one?
     
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    Does it not recognise commercial DVDs or blank DVDs, or both?
     
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    It doesn't recognize any dvd format burnt or commercial; however, it will play cds and cd-rom.
     
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    Go into hardware manager, uninstall your secondary IDE controller and reboot - see if that helps.
     
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    No, still no luck with that. Thanks for help. Any other suggestions? Is it difficult to install an internal drive in a laptop?
     
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    It depends on the type of fitting your drive has - some are merely ones that "clip", so to speak, into place; others are harder to install.

    See if you can have a look how yours is - newer laptops should typically be easier i think.
     
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    I really dont know where to begin. I have a gateway mx6920 laptop.
     
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    Personally, I don't have a laptop, nor have I changed the drive on one.. I@m speaking from things I've noted from the forums..

    This link may be of help:
    http://www.bixnet.com/laptopupgrade.html

    If I find any better ones, I'll post back.
     
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    thanks for all the help..I appreciate it.
     
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    I guess I'll take it somewhere tomorrow to have it looked at. Are those slim external drives a decent buy? Anyone?
     
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    If I were you i'd go for an external drive. Typically, laptop drives don't hold up for too long.
     

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