An optical drive is a kind of drive that can read (and usually write) optical media like CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray discs.

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Can I disable the optical drive in my Macbook Pro through OSX?

The drive is broken and makes angry noises when it spins up, the noise is becoming a problem when using my computer in class. I'd like to disable it. For reasons that aren't important I'd rather not ...
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Can't use a network CD-ROM

I have a computer with Windows XP and I'm trying to use my local network to use the CD-ROM of my notebook with Windows 7. On the Windows XP computer with VLC I can open the menu of the DVD, but after ...
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Windows 7 installation asks for DVD drivers

I have installed Windows XP on my machine (Company CQ5020NL). Before I was able to do that, I set the SATA controller to IDE in the bios. Now I want to install Windows 7 upgrade. The DVD boots into ...
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Windows XP: is DVD drive connected to master or slave on the IDE port?

I'm running a German Windows XP Professional and want to know whether my IDE-DVD-drive is connected to the master or slave without opening the machine. The device manager shows Ort: Pfad 0 (0) (in ...
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CD drive always available in a laptop

How can I make the CD drive always available in a laptop, even when it is running on batteries?
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Windows 7 installation - CD\DVD driver issue on laptop

I'm installing Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit from an MSDN download onto a new Dell Studio 1558 laptop. Right after clicking "Install Now" I get the following message in a window titled Load Driver: A ...
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Looking for pin-out for 4 pin analogue CD-ROM audio cable

Remember those 4-pin audio cables which went from optical disk drive to sound card? I'm looking for pin-out for them.
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Macbook optical drive blocked

The optical drive on my Macbook seems to have some sort of blockage. When I try to insert a disk the disk seems to be hitting something inside the drive on the right side (the side nearer the ...
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Are there any *hardware*-based CD/DVD drive emulation projects?

Does anyone know of anything like this? I am looking to create SD-card based alternatives for some of my old CD-drive-based gaming consoles.
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Optical drive not recognized in Win 7

I have just tried to use a CD in Windows 7, but it doesn't seem to be recognized. I have just used the same CD in the same drive on the same machine when I was booted into Linux, so hardware seems to ...
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A disk is stuck in my slot-loading Dell Studio Hybrid. How can I get it out?

The slot-loading optical drive in my Dell Studio Hybrid has been acting up. Sometimes it works fine, sometimes it churns and makes some unpleasant sounds. Now I can't even get it to eject the disc ...
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CD-ROM/DVD Drive doesn't work anymore

I have no idea why my CD-ROM/DVD drive doesn't work anymore. When I insert a disk it makes noises and opens again. If it matters, I just reformatted the computer from Ubuntu 10.04 to Ubuntu 9.10. ...
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Pri slave drive ATAPI incompatible after setting bios to ACHI for ssd

The title says it all. I installed a SSD C:\ drive, and also have a SATA CD/DVD drive. When booting, the POST screen says that the CD/DVD Drive is ATAPI incompatible. In windows the CD/DVD works fine, ...
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Windows 7 Can't read Disks

last week my DVD drive failed (or so i thought) i ordered a new one and fitted it today only to find that the same problem still persists. I have 2 DVD drives, the new one thats a SATA DVD/RW and an ...
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Can my DVD burner write “Dual Layer” disks?

Is there a generic way to find out if a dvd-burner can burn dual layer dvd's without trying and potential waste a disk? Right now it's this drive I'm wondering about but I'd like a solution that ...
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MacBook doesn't recognize oddly shaped disk

I put in a small oddly shaped disk into my MacBook and it didn't recognize it. There was none of the normal sounds you here when a disk is put in, so it doesn't know a disk is in the drive. So I ...
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What does the following error message mean in FreeDOS?

I'm in the process of installing the newest version of my BIOS driver and I have to use FreeDOS because I don't have windows (I'm using Ubuntu 9.10). So I'm following AndrejaKo's advice here. The ...
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DVD Drive won't play DVDs, weird context menu

My DVD drive no longer recognises DVDs correctly, and I'm not sure how to correct this. On startup, Explorer displays the drive as DVD Drive (E:) overlaid with a "DVD" label (I have 2 hard disk ...
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DVD stops working in windows 7 64 bit

I have the same problem as described in this question: http://superuser.com/questions/105928/dvd-cd-rom-drives-stop-working-in-windows-7 I know I have got some games that are using starforce and/or ...
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DVD writer doesn't detect, driver corrupt error

I have a Dell Inspiron 1525, and my DVD drive suddenly stopped showing in Windows Explorer. When I checked device manager it shows this error "Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. ...
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Unable to boot from secondary IDE HDD when DVD burner connected as master

I have a (as it seems to me) strange problem with my DVD burner (Sony AD7540A) which I would like to use as master device on a IDE bus. There is a HDD on the bus as well that should be (is) the slave ...
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“Audio port not available” on DVD-ROM drive

I'm currently rebuilding a vintage PC (DOS 6.22 only) and I need to replace the IDE CD-ROM. The one I bought (IDE DVD burner) have the SPDIF (2 pin) and 4 pin audio ports but the drive is labeled ...
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Software to manually lock an optical drive door

My toddler likes to come up and push the buttons on my PC when I'm trying to work from home, and sometimes he gets the CD or DVD drive open and nearly breaks it by pulling on the door. Is there some ...
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Computer won't boot from a bootable DVD

My friend gave me his old computer that used to have WinXP on it. I'm trying to load Win7 on it and I thought there was something wrong because it wouldn't boot off a bootable disc, even though I ...
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Burning mutiple discs at the same time

I'm trying to "mass produce" a DVD so I thought that by hooking up multiple burners to my computer and running multiple instances of Imgburn I would be able to reduce the amount of time I spent ...
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ATAPI Incompatible, no DVD ROM detection

I have bought a computer, but I do not know how to properly identify the DVD ROM drive. I have tried all the IDE configurations: SATA primary, PATA secondary, etc., but it always gives me the error ...
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Windows XP refuses to install on a dell mini 10

I have a dell inspiron mini 10. It boots from an external CD-ROM drive and goes through the first part of the windows XP home install with no problem, but on reboot it loses the CD-Rom drive when it ...
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CD/DVD burn error in ImgBurn and Nero

I am getting the errors shown below when I try to burn a CD/DVD on my DVD writer. I am seeing this error for every CD/DVD I try to burn. I am not able to write any CDs or DVDs using ImgBurn. The burn ...
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Cannot write DVDs anymore, but can read them and write CDs

I'm stumped. I used to be able to write to DVDs and now I can't. I've tried different media (Memorex and Imations) I've tried different drives (internal and external) and even different OS's (Windows ...
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How do I audit CD/DVD tray opening events in Windows 7?

Since installing Windows 7, the entire office has experienced random CD tray openings, sometimes while we are in the office, sometimes not. On my PC, I have two disc-reading devices, but only the ...
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use a SATA to USB cable with MacBook Pro optical drive?

Is there something fundamentally different about hard drives and optical drives regarding how they communicate with the computer? I ordered a SATA to USB adapter from Monoprice and I want to know ...
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Disc drive busy on MacBook, with disc stuck inside

I have a white MacBook, running Snow Leopard, 10.6.3 with the latest updates. I popped in a DVD that the system failed to mount. I did not see any conspicuous errors. As a result of this failure, the ...
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CD/DVD Drive not detecting locally burned CD/DVDs, but works fine with Genuine discs

I'm using Dell Inspiron 1420 - 32 Bit - Windows Vista, since 2.5 years. I'm facing a strange problem with my CD/DVD-drive. I cannot run/play a CD/DVD which I get burned from my friends. But when I ...
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cdrom device not found during Linux installation on Macbook Pro

I'm trying to have a dual boot Debian / Mac OS X on my Macbook Pro. I boot on the Debian install CD, the first steps are fine until "Detect and mount CD-ROM". It seems that the installer cannot find ...
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Windows 7 disc not recognized by DVD drive

My machine is a recent model Systemax, less than 2 years old. It came with Vista 32bit and I bought Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for it. When I insert the Windows 7 DVD into the drive, it churns a ...
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DVD drive not recognized

I'm in the midst of building a computer (first time builder) I got everything plugged in, and hit the power button. After the excitement of the first boot coming up on my screen, I was looking ...
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BIOS doesn't detect USB CD-DVD

I have a GIGABYTE w566 laptop, and I do not know how to find out what my Intell Chipset is, and my problem actually is that at boot time my computer does not detect the USB LG (super-multi) CD-DVD ...
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ubuntu , how to check how many cd drives are attached to computer

How can i check which cd drives are attched to computer and is ubuntu detecting them or not i have seen that there were few drives which werenot showing on the computer but when i mouted them then it ...
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Use a slot-load drive with smaller disc

I have a laptop with a slot-load (no tray) dvd drive, and a set of smaller discs from a dvd video camera I need to load. What are my options?
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Which CD Drive is used during boot if have multiple drives

I have 7 CD Drives attached to my computer. Now i want to install Linux on computer. But i am not sure which drive is used when i boot. I tried once putting in any drive. The Linux starts but after ...
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How can a reduce the read speed of a Liteon DVD drive under Windows 7

How can I reduce the read speed of a Liteon DVD drive under Windows 7? The aim is to reduce the level of noise generated by an wasteful high-speed as it's used in an HTPC environment.
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Windows XP Disc: corrupt or not corrupt?

I just finished one of my builds and am trying to install Windows XP onto it. Here are the specs beforehand... Intel Pentium 4 Northwood 2.4 GHz (512KB L2, 533MHz FSB) QDI Superb 4 Motherboard 2x ...
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Why will multiple dvd/cd-rom drives stop reading?

I'm having difficulty with two dvd/cd drives. When I updated from XP to Vista, I noticed they wouldn't work. I could add cds or dvds to the drives and they would attempt to read the disk, but never ...
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Recommend a good DVD or BD replacement drive that can read older CD-R/DVD+R media? [closed]

So I have a bunch of older CD-R (and a few DVD+R) discs that are either suffering from "bit rot", or a case of crappy no-name Chinese DVD drives being unable to read some or all of anymore. I just ...
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Can't run Ubuntu from disc

When I place the boot CD in my CD drive and boot from it, I get the Ubuntu menu. I have these options Try Ubuntu without any change to your computer Install Ubuntu Check disc for defects Test ...
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how do you eject cd using keyboard on dell inspiron 6000

The eject button on my cd / dvd drive is broken. I can still eject using windows explorer from the context menu. I need to reinstall windows. Is there a function key combination i can use from the ...
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How to enable a CD/DVD drive? It is not listed in “My Computer”

I just got a laptop from a friend. The CD/DVD drive is not present in "My Computer". But the tray comes out when I press the button and everything. I remember long time ago, enabling it by changing ...
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What are typical drive lifetimes?

Can anyone tell me about the lifetime of drives (floppy, hard disk, CD, DVD, flash...)?
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Troubleshooting: Monitor never turns on, system fans running, DVD-ROM does not open

Here are my specs beforehand: ECS P4VXASD2+ (V5.0) motherboard FSB 533MHz Intel Pentium 4 2.40A GHz Prescott Socket 478 2x 256MB PC2100 DDR RAM, 2x 256MB PC133 SDRAM CoolMax 350W PSU DVD-ROM - will ...
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DVD drive doesn't recognize blank dvds only!

My dvd-rom works fine because I can play dvds on it, however when the dvd is a blank one the drive refuses to recognize it. So I can't burn dvds anymore because the drive shows up as empty in my disk ...