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Thread: CD-Rom gone bonkers!

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    sArA's Avatar Ex-Moderatererer
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    My bf's CD-Rom drive has started behaving in a very odd fashion since a reformat and install of winxp pro.

    Everything else is fine, but the drive keeps popping in and out randomly. Its really quite disconcerting

    If you actually use it, it works fine. Its as if its saying 'please use me....oh go on, pretty please' type thing.

    Very very strange....do you think it might be a driver problem?

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    It's either a driver problem or something else. Depending on how old the drive is, it may be on it's last legs.

    Also check your system with an AV and Spyware Tools. Trojan's can have the ability to do these things if someone has access to your computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samurai
    It's either a driver problem or something else. Depending on how old the drive is, it may be on it's last legs.

    Also check your system with an AV and Spyware Tools. Trojan's can have the ability to do these things if someone has access to your computer.


    Could be all of the above!

    I don't think its spyware, virus though...they are all upto date.

    Going to try drivers....

    Its about 5 years old sooooooo you are telling me that it could be getting a little senile?

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    Has he got a keyboard with a quick button for ejecting the cd-rom tray?

    I had a mouse with a bunch of preprogrammed buttons for different functions, and I sort of short-circuited that mouse, after that, it would sometimes press buttons all on it own.

    I know there are keyboards with eject buttons (though it seems pretty daft to me).

    If he's screwed that up somehow you might be looking in the wrong direction.


    Bit of a long-shot though.
    Last edited by Snee; 04-27-2005 at 08:32 PM.

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    I don't think thats the case, he has a standard keyboard.....(checks the date...phew not April 1st)

    I will check though, but I do have a feeling its a driver/knackered problem....sometimes it teases by popping out a little bit and then back in again a few times......

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    Yeah it prolly is a driver, but it'd be pretty silly if it was the keyboard, so I thought I'd get that in now, and save you some work if it was something as nuts as that.


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    I've seen a drive do that before, it had been "spiked" by a power surge. Not long later it failed completely and the system wouldn't POST with that drive connected.
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    Aha!!! The very same power surge that blew the monitor maybe????

    (forgot to mention that )

    Hmmmmm.........this is all starting to make sense methinks....;

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    How could anyone consider this to be a driver problem? LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chewie UK
    How could anyone consider this to be a driver problem? LOL
    It is possible.

    Sounds weird but I've seen very odd software related things, in the case of the mouse I mentioned above, the problem was removed (temporarily) by reinstalling the drivers for it.

    Dodgy drivers can cause random input or static in input related devices.

    Nothing strange with that


    And since the eject function can be controlled by software it's plausible.
    Last edited by Snee; 04-29-2005 at 10:45 AM.

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