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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by kronflux, Dec 6, 2007.

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  1. kronflux

    kronflux Guest

    hey, I've got what appears to be the following, according to windows:

    basically, its a dvd+rw drive.

    anyway, the problem I'm having is that every so often, it simply won't
    read the disk thats inserted. sometimes it even sounds like the disk
    isn't spinning up at all.
    you put a cd in, the light on the front flashes for a second, and then
    it stops. nothing happens.
    but then other times, it works better than any drive I've had in the

    I assume this could be a variety of problems, such as dirty laser, bad
    tray, misalignments.. but I figure I'd ask here first, before I go
    playing with things, like I said in my post about my monitor.. I'm no

    Once, it seemed to have completely stopped working. so I took it
    apart, thinking "well, I can't do any further damage to it." and I
    didn't see anything visibly wrong, so without touching a thing, I put
    it back together. it worked again. but then after about a week or so,
    it started acting up again.

    any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  2. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    Open it up and play with it, it might be something easy, otherwise they're
    so cheap, just buy a new one and take the old one apart to play with the
  3. Meat Plow

    Meat Plow Guest

    Try a firmware upgrade, one LG drive I had acted funny and the upgrade
    cured it. If that doesn't help, replace it.
  4. Franc Zabkar

    Franc Zabkar Guest

    IIRC, here in Australia LG drives come with a 2-year or 3-year

    - Franc Zabkar
  5. Dave

    Dave Guest

    Just a guess here, but I'll wager opening it up would void any warranty. As
    other posters have noted, try upgrading the firmware. With intermittent
    issues, I'd also suspect cabling, both power and data. If you have another
    power plug from the supply, swap them around. Ditto with an empty connector
    on the ribbon cable, although PC makers seem to have realized that it's
    cheaper to give you no spares and make you buy a different cable if you want
    to add anything...

    DAve S.
  6. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    Try the easy stuff first. If it is a belt driven tray, then the belt may
    well be getting marginal and starting to slip. In this case, the tray does
    the easy bit, and slides back in, but then the belt really comes under load,
    when it has to bring the deck up under the disc, to press it into the clamp.
    This is the time when it really slips, and the loading sequence does not
    quite complete, and the disc is not left free to rotate. If it starts acting
    up, open the tray, then close again,'helping' it along with some firm - but
    not silly - finger pressure. The extra inertia imparted is often enough to
    carry the loading sequence through to the end. May be way off-beam with your
    particular drive, but many computer ones are belt driven, and it is common
    for them to suffer symptoms like you describe, when the belt gets worn.

  7. kronflux

    kronflux Guest

    Try the easy stuff first. If it is a belt driven tray, then the belt may
    at the very least, its something to look into, perhaps, if this is the
    problem, I can replace the belt or something. tinker a little bit and
    get it to function properly. I'll look into it! thanks for the info.
  8. ZACK

    ZACK Guest

    i had the same prob with my LG
    i updated the firmware, now it reads
  9. ZACK

    ZACK Guest

    i had the same prob with my LG
    i updated the firmware, now it reads
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