I recently bought an Acer Aspire 5315 laptop off my friend for $10
because the screen was shattered and the DVD/CD-RW drive isn't working right.
I've fixed the screen part, just plugged a monitor into the port on the side.
But I cant figure out what's wrong with the optical drive and was hoping for some insight.
Before we go any further I guess I should mention I whiped the hard drive of Vista Home Basic and put on Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2....
If I go into My Computer or Device Manager right now I can see the drive is there. If I put a CD into the drive however, I can read it for about a minute and the optical drive suddenly "disapears" from both My Computer and Device Manager until I restart the computer. I've tried taking the drive out and putting it back in again, reinstalling and updating the drivers, but with no luck. I'm hoping I wont have to buy a new drive, but I guess I cant complain for the cheap cost of the laptop