Samsung CDR/RW drive not spinning although powered and no problems reported in WinXP Pro
Posted on 2003-03-18
I have a home network consisting of two PC's, a main one and my "secondary" PC which contains mostly media files for playing through TV downstairs. Having recently had a problem with the network cabling I decided to back up my media files (mixture of audio, video, bitmaps etc.) in order that I wouldn't lose access to the files on my main PC should the network cabling (or any other problem) prove to be an issue in future.
After sending a block of files to the CD Drive, I inserted a Blank CD and copied the files to the CD. The system then auto ejected the (now full) CD. I set about repeating the process with more data and inserted the next blank CD. After some thirty seconds an error message appeared asking me to insert a blank disk. I tried another disk assuming I'd inserted a faulty blank. No such luck, same message.
I therefore deleted the files from the waiting to be written box and tried again. no joy. I gave the job up as bad and thought I'd just try inserting a game cd to check the CD drive itself. After inserting the disk the drive light came on but nothing seemed to happen (auto play is enabled and should have started).
When right clicking on drive it took some twenty seconds for the system to react and then when I clicked explore the folder was empty. (it should have shown a lot of game related files!). I subsequently checked system prop's and noted that both CD drives (there are two on my system) were not being shown under their brand names i.e. Samsung etc but just as CD devices. That said under the properties button they were both being shown as working correctly.
I decided therefore to uninstall both and try rebooting. The system now recognises them both correctly again. I also checked the drivers and they are reported by Win XP Pro as being up to date. However the same problem persisted with no data showing on the CD. I have just noted however that the CDR/RW player is not actually spinning when I insert a disk despite the fact that the LED is flashing on and off repeatedly. I have since tried reseating all cabling which has had no effect either.
I'm beginning to think that the drive has just died and buying a new one is necessary however I thought I'd ask here as I've invested needlessly in new hardware previously only to discover I'd thrown money away over a easy to fix glitch.
To note: I use Win XP Pro. I'm not sure what other info may be needed so please ask.