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BluRay/DVD drive Problem

BluRay/DVD drive Problem

BluRay/DVD drive Problem

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I have a Sony Vaio VGN-NW350F laptop running Windows 7 (64 bit) with an Optiarc BD ROM BC-5500S that is not working (most of the time). Occasionally (rarely) it works. When it is not working it sounds like Bah-Dum, Bah-Dum, ... whether or not there is a disk in the unit. It seems like it is continually trying to re-position the lenses. It operates like this immediately when the computer is powered up and even when the unit is uninstalled (that is, software uninstalled via device manager).

Device Manager shows no problems (no exclamation marks). I've downloaded firmware and driver updates (after the problem started happening, not before).

Any suggestions for fixing or troubleshooting?

RE: BluRay/DVD drive Problem

Sounds like it's dead or near death. Can't think of any reason to conclude that replacing the hardware isn't the solution.

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RE: BluRay/DVD drive Problem

Yep, sounds like the sensors that it uses to find home position are getting weak. Or they are dirty, all part of the lens assy. you could try using a lint free cloth and gently cleaning the lens.

RE: BluRay/DVD drive Problem

(OP)
Probably dead. I have tried cleaning the lenses which didn't help.

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