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My D: Drive (dvd-rw Drive) Does Not Work.


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#1 missionverdana

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 08:03 AM

When I put in a CD, any type (audio, DVD, software), one of two things happens:
- I can access the D: drive through My Computer, but no files are listed as being present on the CD.
- When I try to access the D: drive I am asked to insert a disk.
The drive was built in to the PC when it was purchased (two and a half years ago) and when I first tried to upload all my audio CDs to the computer, a couple didn't work (the second problem occurred) so I took this to mean that there was something wrong with the actual disk. After a year or so, I began to have this problem more often, and now I cannot use any discs at all. One thing I did notice is that the drive sometimes made an odd sort of bleeping noise when I put in a CD (whether or not it worked).

The drive is a LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW - 1633S. I went on the company site to see if I could download an updated driver, but the ones that were supposedly compatible did not work - I simply received error messages saying "the driver is not compatible with your hardware".

Is there any way to fix this or should I just get a new drive? It is really irritating as I now have to upload music to another PC and then move them across via USB, or watch DVDs on a laptop which has rubbish battery life. Any help would be appreciated.

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 09:52 AM

There are no updated drivers, per se, just updates for the firmware which you generally don't need. You might try deleting the upper and lower filters
http://support.microsoft.com

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 10:19 AM

Thank you for your help. I tried this but it still seems to think that a blank disk has been inserted when this is not the case. Should I restore the keys?

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 10:34 AM

No, that's not necessary. You probably have a dead laser in the unit
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