See my original post below.
The only problem (major problem) with the CD Rom drive is the initial access when I first insert a data CD rom (or audio CD), even when laptop is on for awhile and warmed up. I have to insert it many times before I finally have access (if I am lucky). Note: Each time I insert the CD, the drive attempts to "read" it several times before it aborts. Once the CD is "accessed", there are no more problems. I can leave the data CD in the drive all day (laptop power stays on via AC) and never have trouble reading the CD. The CD will stop spinning when not accessed, but it never has any trouble spinning up later so I can access data from the CD rom. Once I remove the CD rom or power down the laptop, my trouble starts all over again. Note: This happens with other data CD roms too. This is why I wondered if the problem is reading the "initial" track, and maybe the head can't position itself properly on that track? I had removed and examined the drive (I am a TV service tech.) and I couldn't see any dirt or restrictions that may prevent the head from reaching the "initial" position.
Thanks in advance, Brad
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