Help. SONY VAIO notebook computer CD ROM does not work

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by smithsfallsbuilding, Jul 24, 2006.

  1. I have a old SONY VAIO PCG F630 (windows ME) notebook computer. I just
    want to reinstall with the recovery/reinstallation CDs. but the CD ROM
    does not open or does not work. The green light was never on. I tried
    to eject from my computer disk drive icon but failed.

    I believe if I reinstall the CDs it may work. The notebook connected in
    my home network and I tried to run the recovery CDs from another
    connected computer, but it only pops up some dos screen. I went to the
    SONY computer website and could not find the driver for CD rom.

    Any suggestion to fix it? Any website achives such driver? Thanks.
    smithsfallsbuilding, Jul 24, 2006
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  2. smithsfallsbuilding

    Toolman Tim Guest

    Windows does not need drivers for standard CD ROM drives. If the light
    doesn't come on, and the eject button doesn't work, it's very unlikely that
    it's a Windows problem, but more likely a dead drive. If there is a small
    hole in the face of the drive, you can use a paperclip to manually release
    the door opening mechanism, and try putting a disk in. If Windows reads the
    disk, you may be in luck for your reinstall. I've seen drives that function
    correctly when a disk is in them, but the eject mechanism doesn't work. But
    I'd put money on it being totally dead. You can often get replacement drives
    on eBay fairly cheap for most laptops.
    Toolman Tim, Jul 24, 2006
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  3. smithsfallsbuilding

    Martik Guest

    Reseat the drive in the slot.
    Martik, Jul 24, 2006
  4. I never opened a notebook computer. Can I open the back gently and
    reset the drive cable?
    smithsfallsbuilding, Jul 24, 2006
  5. thanks, tried the pin opened the cd. But it still does not work. So I
    guess I try to open the back for the first time.
    smithsfallsbuilding, Jul 24, 2006
  6. Most laptops disassemble from the front. The fisrt step is usually removing
    the keyboard. There might be a bezzle or removable keys hiding the snaps
    that keep the keyboard in place.

    The CD-ROM drive (or whatever is in that bay) is usually the *easiest* thing
    to replace on a laptop.

    After that, everything becomes a pain in the butt.

    visions of effty, Jul 24, 2006
  7. smithsfallsbuilding

    Martik Guest

    The drive should slip out from the front, sometimes they come loose from the
    internal slot. Pull it out part way and reseat it by pushing back in as far
    as it will go.
    Martik, Jul 24, 2006
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