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DVD writer can't find disks

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July 29, 2011 10:46:46 PM

Hello,my LG GH22NS30 CD/DVD drive won't recognise any disks. From DOS it just says 'Device not ready' and when you click on the drive in windows explorer it says 'Please insert a readable disk'
Is there anything I can do? How do these drives determine whether or not a cd is present?

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July 30, 2011 12:27:26 AM

Does your drive make any noise after you put the disc in? Optical drives use lasers to read cd/dvd formats. There's a chance that either your CD laser or DVD laser is dead.
July 30, 2011 10:07:45 AM

Ahhh - well that kinda answers my next question: Is it likely to be a mechanical or software issue - and yes - when you insert the disk it spins up, the drive light flickers two or three times slowly and then stops. If you try to access the drive (under windows 7 64) the tray immediately shoots out and you get the 'insert a disk' message.
So if you're right, that basically means I can bin it eh?
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