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Dvdrw Drive Wont Read Cdrs


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#1 xkeidax

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 01:29 PM

hey all
im new here.

i recently noticed on my dell inspiron that i could not burn/read cdr's cdrw's
but i can read DVDs.

i was thinking of replacing my drive but im having second thoughts if it might be a virus problem or something else.

on the other hand, the DVDRW drive on my desktop pc CAN read my cds but not my dvds.
so its the other way around and its driving me nuts.

i wouldnt want to spend on a new drive if i'd still get the same problem or if it can be fixed.

thanks!

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 01:53 PM

http://www.iomagic.com/Firmware/NeroInfoto...roinfotool.html

here's an older version of an infotool made by one of the larger cd/dvd burning companies in the world

it's shows the capabilities of your drives and possible software conflicts that can cause problem similar to yours

many of these burning/multimedia programs install drivers on the system that don't play nice together

I consider many MALWARE

they are listed as legitimate applications here
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 08:38 PM

Some things you can try:
  • If you recently installed some burning software, uninstall it.
  • Use the fix given on this Microsoft page.
  • Use a different brand of CD/DVD.
  • Clean the laser using one of those drive cleaning kits.
  • Open the Device Manager (Start > Run > type "devmgmt.msc"). Locate the CD/DVD drive, right click on it and select "Uninstall". After it has uninstalled reboot the computer (it will be automatically reinstalled).

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 12:11 AM

thanks for the replies!

im really wary about trying to edit the registry.

some time ago i fckd up my pc while dong it.

i have not installed any new programs/burning software
i have tried different brands of cds and dvds. the laptop does not read cds, it was working perfectly a few days ago.
and the desktop hasnt been able to read dvds for sometime now.
i tried one of those drive cleaning kits and it did nothing.

im running windows xp home with sp2 on my laptop.
im more concerned on getting my stuff fixed on it since most of my work is done on the laptop.

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 12:43 AM

Did you try this:

Open the Device Manager (Start > Run > type "devmgmt.msc"). Locate the CD/DVD drive, right click on it and select "Uninstall". After it has uninstalled reboot the computer (it will be automatically reinstalled).
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