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DVD-RW drive shows as CD-ROM


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#1 cap2587

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 08:57 PM

I have a Dell Inspiron 9300 laptop. It has a Sony DVD RW drive in it. When I place the DVD in the drive it changes the drive to CD. It also shows the size of the disk as 0. I am using Verbatim Blank DVD's. Any ideas what could be going wrong? Thanks

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 12:13 AM

Have you tried loading a DVD movie to see if it loads and plays?

I can't find the link I had to this problem for some reason.

Hey I only have like 360 links bookmarked as it is. :thumbsup:

I believe there was a registry tweak but without the proper information, I will not offer that advice.

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 12:53 AM

Normal operation with an unformatted disk. My HP does the same thing, for the past 3 years, and numerous reformats and OS reinstalls.

EDIT: Checked on 2 other machines. The XP shows the "CD Drive" when a blank DVD is inserted in the DVD drive. The WIN7 rig shows the proper "DVD RW" and "BD ROM" on the Blu-ray. Too late to check the Vista machines.

EDIT 2: I always knew my HP lappy acted like that with blank DVDs, but I never noticed it on another XP machine till I looked just now.

Edited by dpunisher, 13 September 2010 - 01:15 AM.

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 05:32 AM

I've never regarded this as a problem. When I insert a blank DVD (also Verbatim), my DVD-RAM drive
description changes to CD Drive. Doesn't stop my burning program recognising the disk correctly.

It's not long after the burning process finishes and the disk is ejected for the description to
return to normal, (without rebooting).

(Dell Dimension 4600, desktop, XP Home, SP3).

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 09:19 PM

Thanks for the reply!


The disk is empty and that would mean there is no used space. However, this would also mean there would be 4.7 GB of free space listed. When I put a blank CD in it does show as having 720 MB of free space. I tried a DVD movie in the drive and it worked fine. Is it possible that the verbatim DVD disk is not compatible with this disk drive?

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 09:32 PM

It is possible.

I know when I put blank DVDs into my drive, I get a window that pops up and mentions burn files to DVD disk using........

Then there is a list of possibilities, since I have Nero 10, Windows Media Player 12, CDBurnerXP, DVDFab 8 and imgBurn, those are often listed in the list of options.

Of course not all the above programs burn DVDs, but I included all the burning programs I have installed and use frequently.

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