Everything was fine just 2 weeks ago, played a CD on my computer, all okay. Now I try to get to my CD Catalogues and nothing happens, check settings, says all okay no problems, still not working, tried updating the media player, computer finds update then tells me I already have latest version and all is working okay, problem with that is that it is not working at all. Waiting now for my eldest son to take a look before I waste precious stamp money on a repair job. Stupid computers, great when they work but a pain in the proverbial when they don't.
I have had a problem with my Win 10 laptop reading CDs. You insert the CD and nothing happens - no spin up sound. It may or may not show up in device manager. I get it working by playing with things but never know what I actually did to make it work. But I rarely use CD's now.
It may be cheaper to simply buy an external DVD/CD drive. I haven't bought one recently, but did about 20 years ago as part of my mobile A/V kit. It wasn't that expensive then, less than US$40 if I remember correctly. I would think it is even cheaper now, as DVD/CD drive production costs dropped dramatically since then. Unfortunately, the quality has also dropped dramatically.
Roughly 25% of the DVD/CD drives I've bought in the past 15 years (including computer built-ins) failed in less than 10 years. The quickest failure still lasted 3 years. You'd think that's not bad. But consider, all of the ones I purchased prior to 2000 are still working (yeah, I have to keep some legacy hardware because of our recording studio and also because we have some coworkers who are still clunking around in 20+ year old computers).
OK, I just checked online, and yes, decent ones can be had for under US$20 now.
I prefer the externally powered ones, although the one I kept in my mobile kit was bus-powered.
If you use the DVD/CD drive a lot (especially if you burn DVDs/CDs), you should consider getting an externally powered one to reduce the wear & tear on your power supply or battery. By a lot, I mean like watching a full length DVD movie every other day. The externally powered ones will usually be US$10-$15 more expensive, and of course will be bulkier.
Laptop drives can be replaced but it takes a little care. Some laptops are difficult to disassemble. Others are pretty easy. I've upgraded a CD drive to a DVD burner in a laptop before. The easiest machines are ones with optical drives that have visible trays and not just a slot for the discs.
Desktop drives are commodity items in most cases and are super easy to replace. A few really compact desktops (like the one I use at work) use laptop drives but are still pretty easy to upgrade.
You could take advantage of the opportunity to replace the drive with a Blu-Ray drive.
I would consider the khj alternative to get an external unit maybe with a USB connection for simplicity Lots of good brands in the under $40 range. BlueRay capable ones are significantly more Not sure you can even buy a laptop anymore with a CD drive Considering how much you can put on an external 2-4Tb memory drive, it makes sense to transfer CDs to one to prevent future issues and have convenient portable access
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