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Sharon Gill Jun 01, 2003, 10:40pm EDT Report Abuse
The CD Rom drive on my computer has decided to not work. It is an E-IDE CD 956E/AKV. The cd rom drive is not old and I have tested it with brand new cds to ensure the problem is not the cds themselves.

The cd rom drive was working a couple of weeks ago and for some reason now it just keeps telling me to put in a cd even though there is already one in there.

Can anyone please give me some pointers as to what I should try next.

Thank you for any help.

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Chris M Jun 01, 2003, 11:04pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: CD Rom Drive not reading cds
the cd rom laser may be dirty. try using a compressed air duster. when my old cd rom stopped reading i used the duster and it came back to life :)

It is said that when it comes to life, those who feel see it as a tragedy. Those who think see it as a comedy.
Rhort Jun 02, 2003, 03:52am EDT Report Abuse
>> [No Subject]

~ The manual said "Requires Windows '95 or better" I installed Linux!
Brian Edwards Jun 03, 2003, 02:46am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: CD Rom Drive not reading cds
check to see if you have DMA enabled some cdroms dont like it and will
cause the sympoms you descibed
right click my computer -device manager -ide controller-properties-advanced. und untick dma

Bryan Garcia Oct 18, 2003, 02:20am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: CD Rom Drive not reading cds
I have that same drive and I am experiencing the same thing as you are and need help badly I have the DNA? DISABLED so thats not an issue I know the drive reads cause It read something then it went point blank just freezing up my machine

Brian Mayfield Oct 19, 2003, 03:27am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: CD Rom Drive not reading cds
I can't install and get my Aopen 956E\AKV 56k CD-rom to work, Bios detects and so does windows, but i get a DRIVE NOT READY message every time, dissabling DMA doesn't correct anything. Should I obtain a new driver? I'm using windows 98 default (STANDARD CD_ROM)
any help is greatly appreciated!

Brian Mayfield Dec 01, 2003, 09:33pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: CD Rom Drive not reading cds
OK I got mine to work
What i did is go to:
and downloaded the Aopen 956E driver you are suposto use
I followed the instructions and got it to work every once in a while. DMA is always enabled.
To have the Drive work all the time...LOL...... I took a screw driver and opened it up, I then
Pushed in on the device that holds the Laser mechanism in place "Firmly" I heard something
click then put it all back together. Guess what? It workes perfect now. Funny Huh? I guess these
Drives weren't made very good. Cleaning the lense didn't do a thing. So if all else Fails, Maby it isn't
the software at all. But Is where to get the correct driver. <the download link, (if it works from here)

Shadow_Ops_Airman1 Dec 01, 2003, 09:37pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: CD Rom Drive not reading cds
eh i think its cheaper to replace if uve tried everything else.

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jamila gonzalez Feb 05, 2004, 09:04pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: CD Rom Drive not reading cds
I have a windows me system. the cd drive no longer reads any cds. it says please insert disk even though i already have one in there can someone help me

Thomas Vander Vliet Feb 06, 2004, 09:57pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: CD Rom Drive not reading cds
Have you tried to reinstall the CD-Rom by going into sysytem properties in the control panal, selecting device manager adn under the CD-rom heading you should right click your drive and click remove or uninstall.

john edwards Feb 18, 2004, 06:36pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: CD Rom Drive not reading cds
How do you reinstall the CD-ROM drive once you've unistalled it.... plz inform me so i may do so and attempt to fix my drive... my drive cant read any CD's at all and i wanna try simple stuff before i buy a new drive or take it in to a shop .... Thank you for your time.

Gary Larbes Mar 22, 2004, 10:21pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: CD Rom Drive not reading cds
When you remove the drive and restart your computer windows will automatically pick it up, everytime. Windows will ask for a driver for something like a modem or NIC, but the CD-Rom drive won't need a driver within windows. The only time you need a driver for a CD-Rom drive is when your in DOS mode.

Good Luck, I have the same drive and I guess I'll try the reply about opening the unit up and snaping whatever in place.

Darren Campbell Mar 23, 2004, 05:08am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: CD Rom Drive not reading cds
I have similar problems with Windows XP. The CD drives will not read CD's unless I boot the computer up with the disc in the drive already. If I take the disc out and put it back in again while Windows is running, it just says no disc in drive.
The drives them selves are fine as I have tried them both in a machine running ME and they work as normal, I have tried other drives in the XP machine and I get the same problem.
The discs can be read if I use a program to open them that does not use the normal windows explorer route (eg if I open a music disc using windows media player 9 from the now playing button on the side, but if i use file/open, no disc in drive.
Does any one have any ideas? I am at my whits end here

Gary Alpern Apr 18, 2004, 02:39am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: CD Rom Drive not reading cds
I'm having the identical problem with that drive and XP Pro. I got rid of one drive already and still have the same problem. It will just stop communicating in the middle of reading a CD.

Bernhard Sauter May 03, 2004, 08:33am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: CD Rom Drive not reading cds
Hey there,

...for a little more than two weeks I have the same problem as the two gentlemen above:

Under Windows XP Pro, I am using a DVD-ROM- (Pioneer) and a DVD-RW-Drive (Sony). Both suddenly stopped working properly at the same time. I wonder whether I have installed or tweaked any software or settings, but I cannot identify the point in time exactly. There were definitely no hardware changes done since a quite long time ago. And everything was fine before that point in time.

I can also still burn discs with Nero, for example. I have to go back and try to put a disc in while booting - can't remember to have tried that.

When I open Windows Explorer and click on the two drives, Windows always shows me an empty folder for the DVD-RW and always requests a medium when clicked on the DVD-ROM drive. This behaviour does NOT change, no matter whether there is none(!), one or two media inserted in the drives (all possible combinations).

I have "removed" the drives using the device manager, have them physically disconnected, have de-installed Nero and other optical drive related software and have scanned the registry and process lists for "suspicious" stuff....and no I am out of ideas....

Funny thing is, when I insert a medium, Windwows shows me the waiting cursor (the blinking disc) while it scans the discs...the the behaviour described above is displayed, though...

And one last thing: If I insert a blank DVD-RW into the DRV-RW drive, I get this dialog asking what I want to do with the disc (which application to start, or do nothing at all).

So, I hope someone of you has a clue and can....I am not very keen ro reinstall Windows over again... :-)

james sopkowiak May 03, 2004, 02:07pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: CD Rom Drive not reading cds
I have 10 of these cd-rom drives(CD-956E/AKV) on my network.
7 bad, 1 of the 3 that work took my programer 6 hours to load 6 cd's of software
I have now replaced 8 out of 10.
In my opinion there JUNK.

Sasha Louis Jun 26, 2004, 09:19pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: CD Rom Drive not reading cds I FOUND THE LIGHT !!!!
ok cehck it out for everyone out there first of all CANADA RULES second ur ALL WELCOME check it out ur cd-rom just stopped workiong ???? i got the same problem but i got the ANSWER listen its pretty easy actually juss no one found it b4 juss go to this site and download the fille called ENABLE AUTORUN when downloading it should be called after d\l is complete juss double click it and select MERGE but not before making a registry backup (find out how to do that too but i didnt need it ) and then juss REBOOT and ur on ur way to FREEDOM and ps.. UR ALL WELCOME


Sasha Louis Jun 26, 2004, 09:22pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: CD Rom Drive not reading cds
how silly of me i forgot the site its

Karen Warkentin Nov 02, 2005, 11:25am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: CD Rom Drive occasionally reads audio CD's and manual CD's, always reads DVD's
I have an AMD Sempron computer with a LG combo drive with Windows XP Home edition. I have iTunes with some songs on it. The computer is currently not reading the ipod. When I put a CD in that I already have on iTunes, it reads the CD after a few moments of hesitancy and maybe a couple of times of opening and closing the CD tray. If I put in audio CD that is not already on iTunes, the computer may or may not decide to read the CD. Case in point, last night it was reading the CD's and importing them, now it won't read the audio CD's or any CD manual. DVD's it is reading without any problems, no hesitancy there. When I put in the audio CD's, the green light comes on and a motor might rev (that's what it sounds like).

Any ideas as to what to do to make this computer read all CD's at all times quickly and easily.

angryhippy Nov 17, 2005, 05:48pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: CD Rom Drive not reading cds
Hi Karen. It's been a while since you posted this message did you get it sorted out? If not go to control panel and open folder options. Go to the file types tab, and select each file type you're having problems with and follow the prompts to choose the program you want to use to open those type files.

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James Baker Jun 12, 2010, 05:47pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: CD Rom Drive not reading cds

Look, I have a computer with two CD-Rom Units, the one in the upper part reads: compact disc RW DVD -R DL DVD R/ RW, and the one in the lower part just compact disc. The information that i see in the D: drive is:

Lite-on CD-Rom LTN-4819S CD-DVD-R

And the other one:

Lite-on DVDRW SOHW-1633S DVD/CD-R.

Can somebody help me out? thank you

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