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First are the media ( DVD's} you are using compatible with your drive? That could be an issue
Otherwise your assumption that installing/uninstalling many burn programs could have faulted this could be very well be right.
Please do the following :
Download install and update Ccleaner
After installing and updating go to options - advanced and tick prompt for registry back ups
Now Start up in safe mode
Do two runs
1) Click on problems and tick all. Click on analyse. At the end you will be prompted for storing a backup.
This will be stored, as a default, in My documents.
2) Click on cleaner click on analyse and accept all files to be removed.
Go to My Computer Rightclick Propperties Hardware tab and take the upper radio button.
Select the faulted drive press on delete and accept.Make sure you have downloaded and installed the latest drivers for this drive
Now we are going to clean the remninants from previous Nero Installations
Rename the folder "Ahead" in folder:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\
When reinstalling Nero, the folder "Ahead" will be created again.
The Nero's DirectShow filters and Codecs will also be installed and registered again.
As soon as the folder "Ahead" is once again created in the directory
C:\ Program Files\Common files\
the directory "Ahead_2" can be erased.
Erase the contents of the following folder:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Ahead\NeroDigital
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Ahead\NeroRecode
C:\Documents and Settings \"USERNAME"\Application Data\Ahead\NeroVision\NVFACache
Make sure that you have your Nero 7 serial number ready.
The serial number is structured as follows:
It can be found on a sticker on the jewel case.
If Nero is installed on your computer the serial number can be found as follows:
Open Nero StartSmart and go into Nero ProductCenter by clicking on the "Nero" logo in the top left corner.
Click on the index box "Serial Numbers" to view the serial number.
Alternatively, you can find the serial number in the Registry:
Open the "Registry" by
- clicking on “Start” in Windows
- clicking on “Run”
- typing in "regedit" into the field "Open" and verifying with "OK"
The serial number is found in the following directory:
- find the entry “serial7”
- double-click on “serial7”
- the serial number can be found here
The General CleanTool should be used before reinstalling Nero to completely remove all Nero entries from your computer.
The General CleanTool can only be implemented if you are logged in as Administrator.
Warning: all Nero plug-ins will be removed as well!
Download the General-Cleantool from ftp://ftp9.nero.com/attach/General-CleanTool_7.zip
and extract it on the hard drive by using WinZIP or WinRAR.
Start the General-Cleantool by double-clicking on the .exe file.
> Clean All
> Deinstallation of all Nero products.
Restart the PC.
All Nero entries in the Registry are erased.
Afterwards, reinstall Nero by downloading the current Nero version http://www.nero.com/nero7/eng/nero7-demo.php DO NOT INSTALL
Reboot into normal mode , the "add hardware wizzard "will pop up and install your Drive.
Now install Nero "with a clean slate "and try again"