HP Writer

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#1

My HP writer (8100i) recently packed up and it will no longer read a cd. It is recognized in the bios and windows, but it just can’t scan a disk properly (it keeps trying then stops with the red light flashing). I really dont want to buy a new drive, and it will cost a bomb to get it looked at, anyone know what could be causing the problem? Im running Windows ME on an AMD K6-II 500, 192Mb, 13.5Gb, Voodoo3, Hitachi DVD Drive (Sec Slave), HP 8100i writer (Sec Master).

Any help will save me a lot of hassle, and money!

Thanks,

Matt


#2

probably your lens is full with dust, you can try to clean it :wink: however i’d suggest this to let it be done by a computershop it costs something from a 25$


#3

Am i likely to damage the lens if I do it myself? I don’t know anywhere around here that can clean a lens. Is this the most likely problem or are there any other possibilities?

Thanks for your help,

Matt


#4

Smoke is the number one killer of all writers.Ciggarette and candle smoke especially.I don’t smoke or allow people to smoke in my house,however I have a friend who use to and he went thru several.Smoke clouds up the laser lens and can’t be cleaned off with a cd cleaner.I don’t know if there is any other way of cleaning it.You may also need to update your firmware for the writer that can make a big difference.Especially in older writers.