Is my dvd/cd drive destroyed?

Question

I have a Dell Inspiron 8500 series laptop, with a DVD/CD-RW drive. I am deployed overseas in a very sandy/dusty enviornment and my DVD player recently stopped responding to DVDs but it would continue to operate regular audio CDs and program CDs. After I tried to clean the lens with an air can, the drive fails to respond to any type of CD. Is my cdrom now destroyed or can I save it (and some $) somehow? Thank you.

Answer

This question was answered on February 14, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Between the sandy enivironment and the air can spraying it might well be Try a cd lens cleaner If that doesn't work, then your drive is gone Hope this helps.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 14, 2004