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My optical drive will not read disks

i just built my computer and when i put the windows installation disk in i noticed the optical drive would not read disks this is the third optical drive i have tried none of them will read disks the first one died on another pc i know because i used it on my new pc build the second one opened closed and the light turned on but would not read disks the same with the third one i hooked the power supply up to them and i connected the sata cable to them and to the sata port on the motherboard and none of the optical drives will read disks and i was in the bios and saw that it detected the optical drives but im still faced with the problem that it will not read disks all of the optical drives i have tried are the same type an lg gh24nsc0b oem so is there anything more i can do?

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Hi, Can you prove that any of the drives will work in another PC? It seems strange that you have at least two drives with a possible 'dirty' lens problem but you never know. Try cleaning the lens in the drive (Google it if unsure on what to do) and see if that is the problem.

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will those optical drive laser cleaning disks work without an operating system?

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Hi, I'm fairly sure that it wont. Here is a link that shows how to dis-assemble a ODD to clean the lens. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZkCN_yx...

Have you tried one of your drives in another PC to prove it one way or the other?

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well i only have one working desktop

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and where can i find "spirit" in the video the guy says it is needed to clean the lens

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Hi Chris,

Just verifying. Have you connected your ODD to Sata port 5 and selected the BIOS setting for this port to IDE?

Here are two images from the User Manual.

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Update (09/12/2016)

Hi Chris,

An ODD is an Optical Disc Drive.

You need to connect the ODD Sata cable to Sata port No.5 on the motherboard. Here is an image

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Then you need to go into BIOS and set Sata port 5 to IDE. Leave the HDD set to AHCI. Don't forget to save your changes in BIOS.

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im not sure what an odd is but i did connect the sata cables to the sata port on the motherboard and both the hard drive and optical drive are set to ahci so i should try and set it to ide?

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okay i hooked the optical drive up to sata port 5 and set it to ide but it still wont read

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yes i set satag6_5 optical drive to ide and left the hard drive satag6_4 to ahci but it still wont read discs

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Can you confirm that windows is registering the drive?

Also make sure that you don't have it assigned to a RAID. A customer brought me a computer he bought from a friend that was having this same issue, and the drive was assigned to RAID 1 rendering the drive inoperable, and in most cases looked like the drive wasn't even there, even though it showed up in BIOS.

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the drive looks visible in the bios so the motherboard seems to be seeing it

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