CD-ROM Drive behavior peculiar.
Posted on 1998-10-19
I'm hoping someone can help me with a problem I'm having with my CD-ROM drive. I have a Toshiba 8X CD-ROM Drive (Model XM-5602) under Win 3.11. It's been working reasonably well, at or around the correct 8X speed for a year or two with all my CD-ROMs. The problem I have is now when I put CDs into the drive, they spin for a second, then stop, then spin for a second, then stop, etc. When I try to access the drive, it gives me a "There is no disc in drive D" message and of course the programs don't load. This started about a month ago and affects all my CD-ROMs, which worked fine before that. I cleaned the CDs too, but that didn't help at all. They all work fine on other computers. (I just tried a brand new CD today and it didn't work.)
Before you suggest "Get a new drive" or "Get the drive cleaned", there is one inconsistency: one of my CDs works fine. It's my oldest CD, too (OS/2 2.1 for Windows!) and is the most visibly scratched and dirty CD I've ever seen. It
works perfectly, at full 8X speed. I was able to quickly copy a ten meg AVI file to my hard drive, just as a test.
So to summarize, my CD-ROM drive is no longer able to spin CDs which worked fine before except for my oldest and most-scratched CD, which works fine. I'm also fairly sure I don't have a virus. Can anyone help me out? I can't even install any of my new software, and any new hardware which has the drivers on CD! Please help! Thanks in advance,