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Drive read and wrote CDs and DVDs fine until yesterday. Now it reads and writes CDs fine, but does nothing for DVDs. Tried unistallking with Windows device manager and then restarted and let Windows re-install Anything else I can do?


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Hi , by your description almost certainley your dvd laser diode has went down , there is one for cd's and one for dvds , its not cost effective to repair them , a replacement drive is very cheap and is usually not more than a 10 minute job to replace , main point is get the correct drive which will be Ide or Sata ( ide has a wide flat ribbon cable which connects to the drive and is about 2 inches wide ) and sata is a 1/2 inch wide flat cable cable , also there is a small jumper link on the back of the drive , set this to the same as the deffective drive , on most desktops you have to remove both side covers as there is 2 screws on each side of the drive , its also a good idea to give the inside of the case a springclean , use a soft paint brush and a vacuum cleaner to remove the buildup of dust , go slowley and very gently with this .
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