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can hear it spinning and shit but it stops dead after about a minute. ideas?
and you're sure those cd's work in another computer/cd-player
or, doesn't do this. whichever.
so yeah, can't put cd albums onto itunes, or my computer at all for that matter. mostly I buy stuff through bandcamp though, so tend to get the download with it, but for the times I don't and just have the cd it's a real pain.
If you've a Mac then it could be expensive to fix. If it's a PC have a look online for the same make or spares. In more modern PC laptops you can even completely remove the CD drive (mine allows this - there's an eject button on the side or something) so replacement might be very simple.
Sorry, lots of variables. Worst case (and it's not that bad a case) you can buy USB CDRs. This might be the best option since most laptops you buy now don't come with optical drives unless you buy a really expensive high-end machine, so this will be useful if you decide you want an Ultrabook.
Obviously if you have a desktop then just buy a new CDR to put in it!
Lots of PC laptops are modular, so swapping out the drive is dead simple. On my old laptop it was just one screw holding it in, then you could unplug the whole module and bang in a new one. £15-20 to £60 on Amazon.
Just a thought - have you tried a lens cleaning CD? One with tiny brushes on the disc to polish the laser? I had trouble with a stereo ages ago, and one of them fixed it.
If not, try this: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/477e4fe8-4180-470c-ad35-66d3bb4f572a/dvdcd-rom-drive-disappeared?forum=itprovistahardware
used to happen to my old toshiba laptop all the time.
If not, you can just buy one of these, they work fine
let me know
reading it books or encouraging spelling from a young age...
e.g. is it just iTunes which has issues with the CD drive?
Been using a USB one that cost about £15 since and never had any problems. By far the cheapest solution.
still not sure what the deal is , it actually ends up working eventually but there's no rhyme or reason to it. if i leave the cd in the drive it'll just randomly pop up in my itunes import thingy when i'm not expecting it to. say, 40 minutes later. so it works, kind of.