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computer trouble

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by simply james, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. simply james

    simply james Banned

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    when i try to put a disk in my computer and load it ,it just keeps saying put a disk in even though theres a disk in ,any idea its driving me mad
     
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    [​IMG] Is there something wrong with that disk or have you tried any others James ?





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  3. simply james

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    its doing it with all the disks im putting in moo,any one any ideas if its the disk drive will it be expensive to get fixed,or will it be cheaper to buy a new tower
     
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    The price of computers have come down lots in price,if yours is getting on a bit I would be tempted to buy a new one if you can afford it.It may not be the disc drive at all,it may be the computer not reading where the disc drive is!!! Try taking your computer back to a time when it was working and see what happens :up:
     
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    steve ive just put a dvd film on and that works,but when i try to but a dvd in for the works computer it just keeps saying put a disk in the drive,even though theres one in
     
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    go into documents and in the search box thingy type "d:" it usually takes you to the disk drive
     
  7. simply james

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    im off to work now i shall try it tonight when i get in mate
     
  8. i8allthepies

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    James, this means that although your computer is 'seeing' the disk drive, (in a single dvd/cd tower, this is usually drive D by default), it is not able to read the data on the disk. First thing to try is a dvd/cd lens cleaner, I prefer the type that has a very fine fabric 'brush' on the disk surface, they cost about £2.00. If this doesn't work, there are adjustment pots in the drive for synchronisation and focus, but this is not an easy job if you aren't used to it. In the worst case, if your dvd drive has completely failed, you're looking at £9.00 + p&p for a new one, go here http://www.ebuyer.com/product/129551 for a look. If your drive is also a dvd burner, (by which I mean it can write disks as well as reading them), then you're talking £13.49 + p&p, look here http://www.ebuyer.com/product/129936. I'm making a couple of assumptions here, one is that your tower is black, two is that your drives are what's known as IDE and not SATA. If you do need to change the drive, give me a yell, and I'll tell you how to check and how to do it:up:
     
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    I seem to remember you having to revert this back to "as supplied" after some trouble James....are you sure the drivers for the disc drive have been re-installed.
     
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    first of all thanks for that davey much appreciated
     
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    yes your right buzz about that ,but how do i go about reverting them back im useless with computers mate,any advice
     
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    I find, (9 times out of 10), when my system 'hiccups', I close it down, switch it off,... then pull the plug out of the wall for a while.Then when I plug it all back in, and 're-boot',... (technical term,.....) up it all comes!!!
    on the tenth time, when it doesn't come up, it gets a 'physical re-boot',.....Size 10,... dont help, but sure feels good!!!:D:D
     
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    cheeres comp ,i think i need a new one mate
     
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    Use the "device manager" to check whether the disc drive is working ok and whether the driver is installed. It should be if you restored the computer using the proper method.
     
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    Excellent advice, I hadn't realised James had been having previous problems. How old is the system, James, and what version of Windows are you using?
     
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    whats the device manager ,could you explain please mate
     
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    3 year old and windows xp i think mate
     
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    James, I'll try , but it might better for you to go though the help menu and possibly the trouble shooter.

    Here goes.

    Click START
    Then click CONTROL PANEL
    In the control panel you'll find SYSTEM double click that
    In the system box you'll see a top tab HARDWARE click that.
    In the top box there should be rectangular button DEVICE MANAGER, click that.
    In the list of devices you'll see a DVD drive double click that.
    The box that opens will tell you whether the drive is working properly or not and you can see whether the driver is OK too.

    To be on the safe side, once you've done that and it tells you the unit is working correctly, which I'm expecting it will, cancel each box so that you don't alter any information during your trip through the system.

    I think the cleaning disc should probably do the trick, try that first.
     
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    James, the post from Buzz is the correct way in Windows XP to check that the driver for your DVD is loaded and that all the internal connections are as they should be. Give the cleaning disk a try, then post again and let us know what happened.:up:
     
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    thanks buzz davey,i will try a cleaning disk when ive got time to get out and get one
     

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