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DVD RW drive doesn't see cd or dvd or data/music...

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by shetawk, Jul 12, 2011.

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  1. shetawk

    shetawk Thread Starter

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    Worked a few days ago.

    Asks whether I want to format disc when it sees one (doesn't see all of the discs).

    Did the usual, searched for updated driver and it said I have the newest. Uninstalled drive, rebooted. Still natin'.


    What can it be? Thank you.

    Shetawk

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  2. Elvandil

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    Could be burned out. They don't last very long.

    Try different brands?
     
  3. shetawk

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    Just put music on empty dvd. Worked.

    But won't play commercial cds. ST
     
  4. shetawk

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    Is there anything I can do to fix this?

    Used MS cd fixer and received this message:

    "Consider the following scenario. On a Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1a (SP1a)-based computer, you write data to a CD-R disc. However, this CD-R disc cannot be read on a Windows Vista-based computer.

    Note The CD-R disc can be read on a Windows XP Service Pack 2-based computer."
     
  5. DoubleHelix

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    CD drives are about $20. If yours isn't working, replace it.
     
  6. shetawk

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    "Note The CD-R disc can be read on a Windows XP Service Pack 2-based computer."

    Doesn't the MS message say cds written on xp cannot be read in Vista?

    It reads and wrote on a blank disc yesterday but does not recognize commercial discs.

    Can I do anything about this? Was not always the case; maybe an update caused this? ST
     
  7. DoubleHelix

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    CD burned with XP can certainly be read in Vista. You described your problem as not being able to burn CDs. If that's not the problem, what is?
     
  8. shetawk

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    This was my original post:

    DVD RW drive doesn't see cd or dvd or data/music...

    Worked a few days ago.

    Asks whether I want to format disc when it sees one (doesn't see all of the discs).



    Computer doesn't see commercial discs but will write and play ones I make.




    <CD burned with XP can certainly be read in Vista. >

    MS said no, but I was able to play others before this.
     
  9. DoubleHelix

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    So the problem is that the drive doesn't read some types of CDs and DVDs. I suggest replacing it. The information you posted from Microsoft has nothing to do with your problem if you have a drive that can't read many types of disks.
     
  10. Courtneyc

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    A standard CD written by any operating system (using the default format) can be read by any other operating system. That is probably not your problem. Most likely, based on your symptoms, you drives optical lens is out of alignment or is dirty. For the latter, try a CD drive lens cleaner. You might get good results.

    For the former, it's cheaper to just replace the drive. With even Blu-Ray RW drives costing less than $100, it makes sense just to replace the thing.
     
  11. shetawk

    shetawk Thread Starter

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    Thank you. Will clean lens first.
     
  12. DoubleHelix

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    You're going to pay $10-$20 for a lens cleaning system. I would suggest buying a new drive.
     
  13. Courtneyc

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    DoubleHelix. Where do you shop? A CD Lens cleaner (which works on all CD/DVD drives) is about $4.00.
     
  14. DoubleHelix

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    Online. Where do you shop?
     
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