Further Diagnostic Questions
and Some Fix Suggestions
2. If the Drive Does Not Light Up When a CD/DVD Is Placed in It:
With removable laptop drive, pull it out and shove it back in solidly.
With removable laptop drive, also try cleaning the contacts of the drive with a pencil eraser.
If you have a laptop and the drive is removable, clean the contacts of the drive with a pencil eraser.
With a PC, unplug the machine and pull the data and power cables and then firmly reseat them.
If the drive functions perfectly well without an indicator light, the drive light may be defective.
More likely there is a problem with the inner workings of the drive, such as the drive motor or drive train is out of order. You probably
need to replace the drive.
Failure to light up may indicate a problem with the inner workings of the drive, such as a short in the drive motor, drive train or laser or
some kind of electrical failure in any of those three. In that case you probably need to replace the drive.
Try purchasing and using a "CD Lens Cleaner" or use a compressed air cleaner to see if a lack of a drive light has to do with a dirty
laser .This one from Allsop on Amazon is rated 4 out of 5 stars and cost around $12: Allsop CD Laser-Lens Cleaner . You can
purchase these special CDs at computer stores and office supply store for $2-$15. Here are more CD and DVD lens cleaners