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Standard User Banger
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 21-Apr-16 19:33:27
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Re: Laptop CD drive intermittent reads discs


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Think I will just try a new drive, been looking for service manuals, and there are none for the 5033, so no idea where to test voltages, although hard drive is running fine.

Tim
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Standard User longedge
(committed) Fri 22-Apr-16 00:21:03
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Re: Laptop CD drive intermittent reads discs


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This all sounds very similar to a problem I had with my Sony Vaio recently. Sometimes when I put a disc in the drive would keep spinning up and try to access it for so long until it finally gave up. I finally realised that every now and again the read head was parked right up to the extreme outside edge and having nothing to lose I gently oushed it back to the centre. Worked perfectly after that but then after a while it would happen again and once more the read head would be right out on the extreme edge. I was going to replace the drive (2 second job to take it out - just two screws and a shake) umntil I saw the price! If I need it I've got an external CD/DVD USB drive that works perfectly well.
Standard User Banger
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 26-Apr-16 16:17:02
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Re: Laptop CD drive intermittent reads discs


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Got the replacement cdrom today and its fitted in. XP can see it but bios cant so cant boot from it, not an entirely satisfactory outcome but it works.

Tim
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Standard User Banger
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 26-Apr-16 23:43:24
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Re: Laptop CD drive intermittent reads discs


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Found a workaround for the non booting CD drive. A bootable floppy that has a driver to enable bootable PCMIA USB drives. I have made a bootable SP3 of Win XP on a USB drive and boy does it load the drivers quick from the USB on the laptop so I can now setup my new msata adapter and msata card.

Thats only if I cant restore the hard drive image to the msata card which I plan to do using a USB to IDE cable which arrived today, it works with an old 2.5 IDE hard drive so we will see. smile

Tim
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