View Full Version : [ubuntu] DVD/CD drive on dell inspiron 1521.

September 20th, 2008, 04:47 AM
It has stopped working entirely. The drive will not open, in Ubuntu, or Vista, and when I was able to force it open, the cd/dvds are not recognized. In vista when I try to eject it from the My computer folder, it tells me the device is busy. It says something similar in Ubuntu.

Is this a hardware failure (and if so, am I screwed?), or is this merely a software failure?

March 3rd, 2009, 03:27 PM
Hi ucal, I found your thread on google, I have the exact same proble, with the same laptop. Did you send it to Dells Technical support? I cant, since I live in Argentina and have bought it in the USA. Did you get any answers?

March 3rd, 2009, 09:52 PM
Yes, I sent it into dell technical support. They replaced the driver (I think that's what they did). The DVD drive works fine now. I wish I could help you more.

March 5th, 2009, 08:58 PM
Thanks, Ive sent an email and they attached some firmware update; no i just have to figure out the way to install that on linux, since I dont have a dvd drive to install XP!