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CD-ROM Error

I have a computer that has a CD-ROM drive that I don't use much.  When I tried to use it, I got the error message
"CDR101 NOT READY READING DRIVE D
ABORT RETRY FAIL" When I hit R to retry
I get the same message and the light on the front of the CD-rom Doesn't light up. Is there anything I can do for this?
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jcperkin
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MrbreezeCommented:
If the light doesn't come on it sounds like it could have gone bad. Will it read any CD. Try different ones. Does the CD show up in My Computer?
What OS are you using?
                       Mrbreeze
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BigMarkCommented:
My guess is that the cables need a reseat into the drive.

Try taking the cables off and then put them straight back on and re try your drive.  Does the CD spin up at all (any motor noises etc etc).

Just another thought - what interface is the drive using - does it connect via a sound card or off the main board?


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My name is MudSystems EngineerCommented:
One other thing, try cleaning the CD lens, there are some CD lens cleaners.
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MrbreezeCommented:
Whatboy,
He said "the light on the front of the CD-rom Doesn't light up" Don't think your going to clean the lens if it won't spin.
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biardCommented:
Yep.  That drive has gone to a better place.  It's not pining!  It's bloody dead!  Pushin' up the daisies.  Food for worms.  Stone dead.  

Sorry.  I had a relapse of the Dead Parrot sketch.
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jcperkinAuthor Commented:
When I put the CD in the front light comes on  it also comes on when the computer is booting.  Yes the drive is listed in My computer.  I tried a CD cleaner.  I am using win98 ver I.
the light does not come one when hit R
to retry.  It is a IDE it is a BTC model bcd 739 and uses the driver that came with the computer.  I bought it new
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Go to a dos prompt and type "dir x:" where x is your CD-ROM's drive letter.  (and of course, make sure you have a data CD in the drive at the time).   If you get a message CDR-101 then the drive's dead - especially if you cleaned the laser with a cd-Cleaner.  Considering you can get at least a 32X drive for about $45 now, I'd just replace the drive.
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jcperkinAuthor Commented:
I don't have any shortage of CD-rom drives.  I just bought 16 used as is
drives one ebay and want to tinker around with them.  About 5 of the 16 have this problem. My original one is
that the question was based on was in
a computer I bought new and used the
cd-rom very little.  (just to load new
programs) I don't use cd-roms for games
or music, just to load programs.  Its not a matter of money, I want to learn how these things work and be able to
repair them. If you can point me to a
site that has this info I will give you
the points.  I have not been able to find much TECHNICAL info on CD-rom drives. Thanks for your help.

Joe
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OttaCommented:
>  want to learn how these things work and be able to repair them.

Well, if it doesn't work, take it apart, look at it, and then try to put it back together.

Surprisingly, in one case, this procedure "revived" an apparently-dead Toshiba CD-ROM that I have.

If you cannot put it back together, you probably will have learned something in the process, and it still will cost you as much for a new CD-ROM as if you had just "trashed" the old one "unopened".
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jcperkinAuthor Commented:
I don't have any shortage of CD-rom drives.  I just bought 16 used as is
drives one ebay and want to tinker around with them.  About 5 of the 16 have this problem. My original one is
that the question was based on was in
a computer I bought new and used the
cd-rom very little.  (just to load new
programs) I don't use cd-roms for games
or music, just to load programs.  Its not a matter of money, I want to learn how these things work and be able to
repair them. If you can point me to a
site that has this info I will give you
the points.  I have not been able to find much TECHNICAL info on CD-rom drives. Thanks for your help.

Joe
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biardCommented:
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MrbreezeCommented:
JC,
The original post was
"Is there anything I can do for this." And the answer is replace it or repair it.
If you are changing the question to "How do I learn to repair CD players?"
Unless you are an electonics technician there is little chance you can repair it. Other than hoping for an obvious bad connection, this is way beyond the scope of anything you can hope to repair without the service manual, test equipment, and a miracle.
Don't mean to sound offensive but that is my opinion.
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MrbreezeCommented:
Sorry meant that as a comment
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jcperkinAuthor Commented:
I was an electronic technican by trade.
I never worked on computers or related
items.  I have been retired for 9 years
and am a little rusty, but its like
riding a bike you never forget. No my
question is still  the same  I think that someone out there knows what causes
this error and that is what I want to know. I'll check the site later gotta run now.
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MrbreezeCommented:
The CDR101 error is caused by a failure of the laser to read the disk. It can be caused either by the laser itself being bad or the Cd disk being bad but it is an error representing the inability of the laser to read the media.
Sounds like you could very well have the talents neccessary to repair them from your past career so it is a matter of getting the schematics on the gadget and the tools to use them, which you probably already have. I'm sure you'll find that computers are just like TV's only they come with their own typewriters...LOL...
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My name is MudSystems EngineerCommented:
Hey, wait a moment, make up your mind, and mind your own business.

You first say...
>>He said "the light on the front of the CD-rom Doesn't light up" Don't think your going to clean the lens if it won't spin.

and then...
>>The CDR101 error is caused by a failure of the laser to read the disk

Don't you know i can read too??? S.
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MrbreezeCommented:
You talking to me?
"Hey, wait a moment, make up your mind, and mind your own business."

You first say...
>>He said "the light on the front of the CD-rom Doesn't light up" Don't think your going to clean the lens if it won't spin.

"I get the same message and the light on the front of the CD-rom Doesn't light up"
Did you read that?
My comment was based on this post, both to JC and then to you. If the light on the player wasn't coming on I assumed it wasn't spinning, did you get a different impression?

Then JC posted
"When I put the CD in the front light comes on  it also comes on when the computer is booting" to which I did not respond.
Then he tried your suggestion and it didn't help  "I tried a CD cleaner"
to which I also didn't respond.

Then JC posted
"what causes
this error and that is what I want to know"

So I posted
"The CDR101 error is caused by a failure of the laser to read the disk. It can be caused either by the laser itself being bad or the Cd disk being bad but it is an error representing the inability of the laser to read the media"
 So I think you were reading two different responses to two different questions. If you to offense to my comment to you I aplogize for that it was not meant to be an insult.
But mind my own business? I don't get it
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ran1Commented:
I have found the sony site very useful. Type in a problem on your CD drive as an example and get an answer.  Try it on other related problems you are having.
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ran1Commented:
I and another friend had a similar problem about a month ago. Borrowed a CD lens cleaner disc with the brush and added a drop of the liquid that came with it. Now it works great.
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jcperkinAuthor Commented:
Ok I think I have all the info I need.
Thanks to everyone who contributed. I am going to accept the answer from
mrbreeze and post separate items so
ran1 and biard can claim their points.

Joe
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OttaCommented:
> Unless you are an electonics technician there is little chance you can repair it.

To repeat what I wrote: I had an 8X Toshiba CD-ROM which suddenly "died"; all I did was disassemble it, inspect it, and reassemble it, and it worked(!), and it still is working.

Give it a try -- you have nothing to "lose".
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