optical drive in Sony ® VAIO W Series
Issues regarding the hardware and software elements of the optical drive in the Sony VAIO® W Series
The optical drive is popularly known as the DVD Drive, CD Drive or a combination of both, the Blu-Ray Disk drive as well as CD and DVD burners. They are capable of reading data from removable disks that are very essential such as Sony VAIO® W Series recovery disks, installation disks as well as video and audio files. They are relatively inexpensive but they wear down very easily. The optical drive can undergo a series of issues and problems and these could affect your laptop. Here are some of the issues that one can experience regarding the optical drive and the software components:
- The drive cannot be detected
- Physical malfunction
- Over utilization
The drive cannot be detected
The optical drive as a hardware device is reliant on device drivers. The drivers are software elements that help the device communicate and do their task if the software component requests them to do something. For your Sony VAIO® W Series, you might see that your optical drive is not running or responding. Check the drivers by heading to the control panel. Check on the device manager and look at the CD/ DVD drivers. If you see that the device has a yellow symbol attached to the icon, it might mean that the optical drive has missing drivers. Update your optical drive using automatic updates. Restart your Sony VAIO® W Series and check your optical drive if it is responding.
The components of the optical drive are very sensitive. If you have dropped your laptop, jammed the drive or touched the interior components of the driver, you could experience various malfunctions. If the optical drive malfunctions, you need to replace your optical drive. You can use a sturdier optical drive or you can opt for those that can be detached from the Sony VAIO® W Series.
If you use your optical drive too often, then wear and tear could take its toll sooner than expected. If you are always burning, playing files, installing and uninstalling, it could affect the overall capacity of the system. In this case a replacement is needed. If you are always using the optical drive for work, ensure to use a high quality and sturdy tool to prevent possible premature malfunction of the device.