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CD drive won’t read discs

Folks, here is a question I received that I think is of ‘general benefit’ to all to know.

cdrom-thumb.jpgQ: Hi Tech Paul.
The disc player in my Dell Optiplex has started to ignore cds and dvds that I burned myself but still can play those that I purchased or rent. What’s going on? Do I need a new codec?

A: Dear Reader,
No, you do not need a new “codec“. I suspect that your “reading” trouble is due simply to dust/dirt on the laser’s lens. Blowing on it with compressed air (such as from a can of the venerable Dust Off) should resolve your problem. (If you cannot see the little lens unit, open the tray, and blow around in there as best you can.)

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August 27, 2013 Posted by | advice, computers, hardware, how to, PC, performance, tech, troubleshooting | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments