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Dell Inspiron 1100 does not read CDs.

I have a dell inspiron 1100 and a few month ago I removed the CD-ROM drive (as well as some other things) for cleaning/maintenance. When I put everything back together, the computer no longer had the ability to read CDs. The drive model is GCC-4241N. I have tried removing/installing drivers, and in the device manager it tells me everything is working fine. Any suggestions?
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InvincibleShield

8/22/2022 - Mon
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(By installed, I mean inserted correctly and that there isn't any visable signs of a bent connector, etc.)
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I don't have any other laptops here that use the same type of CDROM. I'll try to inspect the connector for damage.
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With this CDROM, there are not connectors that stand out; all connectors are attatched to some piece of plastic. Nothing appears to be loose or bent and as far as I can tell it looks all clean. I might be able to find another computer to try the drive in, but without knowing what caused this problem I would be afraid to try removing someone else's cd rom of the same model just in case it is an issue with this model of drive.
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InvincibleShield

Ahh I was about to try that acutally I'll fill you in.
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InvincibleShield

K it will not boot xp on start up even when I ask it to via the boot menu. So does this mean I have to replace the drive?
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drive replacement is needed.
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InvincibleShield

Any idea why removing the drive broke it?
(I didn't drop it >.>)
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Thanks for the fast responses - in my section in EE (blackberrys), people actually have to WAIT for their anslwer
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>>K it will not boot xp on start up even when I ask it to via the boot menu. So does this mean I have to replace the drive?

Probably but these are modular drives, it seems a big co-incidence that it died as the result of simple unplug and then replug.  Are you certain the drive is fully home into the base unit?  

Do you have the optional FDD you could connect to see if the plug on the mainboard is not damaged?

If you have the optional cable connector then you can plug the drive into the option port.
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InvincibleShield

Unfortunately I have no equipment compatible with this model of drive. The way this this drive is designed is so that it is virtually impossible to plug it in incorrectly. Another interesting point is that when I insert a disk I can hear the CDROM clicking/spinning, but it does not sound like a healthy drive, it sounds like when you put a broken CD in your PS1.

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