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Disc In Cd-rw Is Not Being Recognised ?


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#1 James Bond

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Posted 09 June 2006 - 05:24 AM

For some rather peculiar reason, I'd been experiencing certain problems with my CD-RW, which was working perfectly well until recently but not lately, I'm afraid.

Recently, I was ONLY able to open the CD-RW at certain times such as, in between as soon as I switch the PC on and before I reach the desktop. Once it gets open, I could've inserted blank CD at that state which can be then used to copy data onto.

Yesterday however, when I somehow managed to open the CD-RW (again at the same time i.e. when the PC is being switched on & before it reaches the desktop) & inserted the blank CD-RW, it was NOT getting recognised, since the software kept on giving me the message saying "CD is NOT there" or something similar.

I can't even open the CD-RW (by selecting eject or by pressing the button itself). I wonder if there's something wrong with some cable of CD-RW, since it HARDLY opens & when it does & the CD is inserted, its NOT recognised.

CD-RW in itself isn't too old but I wonder what could've gone wrong, all of a sudden. Can anyone point me in the right direction ???

Edited by James Bond, 09 June 2006 - 05:39 AM.

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Posted 09 June 2006 - 12:05 PM

You're having some peculiar behavior with that drive. I suspect that the drive is malfunctioning, but try this easy fix first. Download and run it then restart.

Try deleting the optical drive in Device Manager: WindowsLogoKey+PauseBreak > Hardware tab > Device Manager button > click the plus sign next to DVD/CD-ROM drives. Right-click on the drive and select Uninstall. Restart.

If neither fixes work you probably need a new drive. You didn't mention whether you have a portable or a desktop. Drive replacment procedures varies very much between the two type of systems.

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Posted 09 June 2006 - 12:39 PM

You're having some peculiar behavior with that drive. I suspect that the drive is malfunctioning, but try this easy fix first. Download and run it then restart.

Try deleting the optical drive in Device Manager: WindowsLogoKey+PauseBreak > Hardware tab > Device Manager button > click the plus sign next to DVD/CD-ROM drives. Right-click on the drive and select Uninstall. Restart.

If neither fixes work you probably need a new drive. You didn't mention whether you have a portable or a desktop. Drive replacment procedures varies very much between the two type of systems.


Thanks for your help & time. Much appreciated. I'll try these methods one after the other. However, wouldn't you say, if I UNINSTALL the drive, DVD-RW would simply NOT work at all, without the required drive ???

This problem is on PC & the drive in question is NEC DVD_RW ND-3520A (as shown in device manager).

Wouldn't it be possibly to get a driver free from NEC's website, since I believe such a thing should be free.
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