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    Sorry f2b...I took another stoll around and found nothing Nokia said, I've read that the same circles I read to put a cd in before re-boot...
    the guy that had the same problem who fixed it by doing something with IDE said it solved his problem but even then he said it wasn't perfect.

    Are there any other details you can throw my way so i can refine my search?


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    Senior Member nihil's Avatar
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    6) What kind of music were you playing when you moved the computers?
    Exactly!..............even CD drives have taste?

    On a more serious note, I have encountered quite a few failed drives (burners rather than read only) recently. I think that as the price has fallen, so has the quality/testing?

    just my experiences

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    just curious, do they work if you take them out and put put them again in different pc?
    Can you see them in hardware device manager?are they enabled?Can you see them in bios set up.
    I transport them millions times to lan parties without blanket and nothing has ever happened.
    Woolen blanket?merino wool?
    Driving with gf in the car not always smooth run.

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    Senior Member ShippMA's Avatar
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    Hi F2B,

    just a word of caution, a friend of mine used to leave a CD in the drive, that was until one time when the cd had been dislodged from the tray slightly and actually jammed it self in the drive!

    In the end in order to get the cd out, we had to remove the drive and force it open, needless to say once it was forced open, the damage to the drive was too great, and the CD was too damaged to use again, but atleast we had fun destroying a drive...

    So all i'm saying is be careful with that one. I personally have moved computers about a lot and never had a problem. I suppose static could be a problem, however surely there are much more sensitive bits on the motherboard than the CD Drive if that really was the case.

    To be honest, you could just be unlucky because you haven't done anything i wouldn't. When moving a pc, i always wrap it in a blanket/duvet strap it in using a seatbelt, and make sure all the cables (outside) are disconnected, and that there is nothing in any of the drives, that has always worked for me. In terms of robustness, i once deliberately dropped a pc from above head height on to the floor in a deliberate attempt to break it and the damn thing still bloody worked, every component was fine! I ended up having to throw it down a flight of stairs and into the wall at the end in order to break it, and even then it still turned on, just got no screen, and that was probably because the video card had been slightly dislodged...
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    Frustrated Mad Scientist
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    Tried a cleaning disk or just opening the drive and blowing?

    Might be dust in the drive dislodged by moving?

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    yes the drives can be sensitive in moving.. especially if it recieved a shock in transit.. and this need not be the journey in the car.. just lifing it to the floor, or a bump on a wall while moving.. Typicly with the optical pickups it in the vertical motion that can damage/dislodge the laser diode assembly.

    Also if any forigen material, read dust lint and dirt, are in the dive this may dislodge and jamb the laser assy.. the dislodge is can result from the normal motions involved in transporting..

    NEVER NEVER transport a drive with a CD in the tray..

    You have also listed a couple of my most trouble bound brands of CD/DVD drive samsung and LG

    Also in a car regardless of the out side air temp the temp in a closed vehicle even on a warm day WILL rapidly raise 20degrees and more above ambient. Wrapping the pc in a blanket will only reduce the direct heating from the sun but more only reduce the chances of scratches to the case. The blanket provides very minimal protection from vibration and shock. and as for the seats in the car.. the springs INCREASE the motion experienced by the PC not reduce it..
    the leather only feal nice on ya bum, makes FA difference to the comfort of the PC.
    Where I worked, we regularly will transport PC's 5 to 50KM to customers homes, this was carried out with pc's in the shipping boxes or without, on the front seat of a light truck, in the back of the same , in the trunk of the car, on the back seat of car.. And never have I had it happen to me, and only once to a customer.
    And where I currently work, we had 75 pc shipped from Perth (Western Aus) to Kogan (SEQ), in a container. The pc's were not correctly packed or secured, 10 arrived physicly damaged from movement.. 5 died due to damaged Mobo's.. none ahd problems with their optical drives.

    Personally I think it is just a run of bloody bad luck.. but it dosent help with some brands.. LG has only given me grief of many levels over the years with many products..
    "Consumer technology now exceeds the average persons ability to comprehend how to use it..give up hope of them being able to understand how it works." - Me

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    Have you tried different CDs? If you're only testing CD-R's, it is possible you have some really cheap brands like Ridata? I've never run into so many coasters before my Ridata dics, so I'm actually using them as coasters on my computer desk for when I cook some soup in a small pot and don't want to burn a hole in the desk.

    Also I've never had an optical drive fail. And I even have an LG Drive that has traveled a lot across gravel roads. I suspect your problems are from CD Media, though you might just have some very bad luck with optical drives...Kind of on the same batting average as Catch has with Seagate hard drives that seem to fail left and right for him...

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