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Thought my Sony CD-RW was broken

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 10:04 AM

For your edification, I post my story. For some time my Sony CD-RW drive has given me intermittent errors something to the effect of "No disk in drive (when there was). Please place writable disk in drive." In the beginning, this only happened maybe 1 time in ten and retrying usually would get it to work OK. But a couple weeks ago, it began to do this with every single CD I put in the dang thing. And they were all brand new Memorex disks! One was a disk I had been successfully copying my ERUNT registry backup to, so I know the drive had been working with this brand of disks before OK. The drive would read from existing disks and even copy files from those CD's back to my hard drive. It just wouldn't WRITE anything to a disk!

So I started doing some searching on the net and found a MS KB article (sorry I didn't save the number) that said if you can read from but not write to your CD-RW drive without this message, sometimes Windows doesn't recognize this is a CD-ROM that is writable and suggested checking one registry entry to (don't remember off-hand which reg key, but data value needed to be 1 if read only; data value needed to 2 if writable). I did discover my reg entry was a 1 (maybe because the pc had been reformatted/OS clean installed recently), so I set the data value to 2. I was just sure THIS was the problem!! But sadly for me, the drive error messages persisted and I assumed repairs in the shop were the next step. Maybe laser alignment problem? Best Buy Geek Squad said over the phone it was a fixable thing if so.

But before I could take it to the repair shop, my brother in Seattle said try getting a new box of disks, as he had many times had entire boxes (or most of a box) fail for some reason. Long story short......bought some Maxell disks and :thumbsup: BINGO, the drive copied successfully the very first one I used! :flowers:

MORAL OF THE STORY: Don't always assume the hardest solution to hardware problems! :trumpet: (you know......the Help Desk response to "My mouse/keyboard quit working": "Is it plugged in?") :inlove:

Edited by buttoni, 15 March 2009 - 10:09 AM.

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 10:44 AM

Good thing to keep in mind.Thanks for sharing your Story,Buttoni. :thumbsup:

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