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dvd drive makes strange noises and doesn't read disks smoothly

Last response: in Components
October 15, 2009 7:30:40 AM

My slimline dvd drive on my laptop makes strange noises and doesn't read disks smoothly. It will read disks eventually after lots of 'unusual whirring' I know the noises it makes when it normally reads a disk. It also doesn't load programs smoothly. I know there is obviously something wrong with it but are there any solutions other than replacing it? Maybe changing the driver?

I can't reinstall the driver as I don't have a driver to reinstall it with afterwords.

Any ideas?
October 15, 2009 4:10:58 PM

Windows should automatically detect it after a reboot if you do remove the device.

But, it sounds like the drive is dying. I suggest a thorough cleaning or get another one :) 
October 15, 2009 4:49:51 PM

can I just get any other laptop dvd drive and it will fit? do I have to make sure that it is a slimlin drive too?
April 12, 2014 11:14:27 PM

no you dont have to make sure its a slimline drive.... make sure you clean it thoroughly first and if the problem persists change the drive...