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DVD drive won't read recorded media - please help!

Q: DVD drive won't read recorded media - please help!

Hi all. I am desperate for some help here. Usually I can find my answers on the web, but this one has me stumped.

I built a system about two months ago with parts from Newegg.
? 250G Maxtor SATA
? Nec DVD+/-RW ND-3550A
? AMD 64 3500+ (Venice)
? 2 gig Corsair D400 RAM
? 7800 GT 250

Worked great for about 3 weeks, and then it hit the fan. I started seeing errors that OS files were missing or corrupt. I reformatted, and reloaded XP fearing that a virus had gotten by Norton. In time, I found the MaXBlast test suite that told me the drive was failing. The drive was RMA-ed.

While waiting for the new drive, I borrowed an 80 gig IDE WD drive from a friend. Put it in, reinstalled everything.. no problems.

The new drive arrived, installed it and started loading software. The DVD recorder doesn?t read DVDs that it created. Reformatted and reloaded the OS. Software is fine but the DVD drive will still not read DVDs that it made earlier. It sees them as blank CDs. The drive will write a DVD though.

Removed drive from device manager, reloaded drivers, updated firmware, physically removed the hard drive, reinstalled the hard drive, reinstalled everything, updated Windows XP with every update? no luck.

I swapped the HD so that the 80 gig was back in. DVD drive works fine. Swapped them back so that the 250 gig Matxor is in? can?t read DVDs that it created?

Both hard drives have the same Win XP media center OS, drivers, and Norton loaded on them.

I then had the idea to buy the 80 gig IDE drive from my friend to use as the OS drive, and put all my data and games on the 250 gig SATA drive so that my DVD drive would work. Bad idea? now the 80 gig can?t use the DVD drive fully either.

What do I do? I?ll try anything!

Thanks all

A: DVD drive won't read recorded media - please help!

anyone ever seen something like this?

anyone ever seen something like this?

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Hi all. I am desperate for some help here. Usually I can find my answers on the web, but this one has me stumped.

I built a system about two months ago with parts from Newegg.
· 250G Maxtor SATA
· Nec DVD+/-RW ND-3550A
· AMD 64 3500+ (Venice)
· 2 gig Corsair D400 RAM
· 7800 GT 250

Worked great for about 3 weeks, and then it hit the fan. I started seeing errors that OS files were missing or corrupt. I reformatted, and reloaded XP fearing that a virus had gotten by Norton. In time, I found the MaXBlast test suite that told me the drive was failing. The drive was RMA-ed.

While waiting for the new drive, I borrowed an 80 gig IDE WD drive from a friend. Put it in, reinstalled everything.. no problems.

The new drive arrived, installed it and started loading software. The DVD recorder doesn’t read DVDs that it created. Reformatted and reloaded the OS. Software is fine but the DVD drive will still not read DVDs that it made earlier. It sees them as blank CDs. The drive will write a DVD though.

Removed drive from device manager, reloaded drivers, updated firmware, physically removed the hard drive, reinstalled the hard drive, reinstalled everything, updated Windows XP with every update… no luck.

I swapped the HD so that the 80 gig was back in. DVD drive works fine. Swapped them back so that the 250 gig Matxor is in… can’t read DVDs that it created…

Both hard drives have the same Win XP media center OS, drivers, and Norton loaded on them.

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OK - so, after much poking around on the internet and on my computer settings, here is what I have done.

In Device Manager, under IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers I went into the properties for the SATA controller that my DVD drive is connected to. It was set to use the DMA transfer mode. I changed this to PIO, and now it is reading all the discs that I put into it. Is this a proper fix for my problem? Which transfer mode is best?

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1.  Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
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When Speccy opens you will see a screen similar to the one below.

Click on File which is outlined in red in the screen above, and then click on Publish Snapshot.
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Hi -

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Hopefully someone can help.
Thanks, Dan

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Welcome dan59724,

See if this info will help you out,

Windows Media Center fails while not even getting past 1% complete on burn of recorded TV

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Media Center deletes recorded tv shows without using the recycle bin. I would like to set mine up to use the recycle bin in case of inadvertant deletions. Who can tell me how to do this?

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Hi I've just recorded a film from TV on my laptop with Windows 7 Media Centre.
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My recorded Tv shows wont show up in windows media center, it just says there are no shows found.

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You do it within the realms of the DMCA, taking account of any "fair usage" laws that apply in your country - and if you live in the UK, it's a grey area even at that.

What's the name of the show, and when did it air? If it's commercially available, I personally would consider such an act to be piracy, which techspot does't help people with in any way shape or form.

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Could someone please explain what's happening all of a sudden? WMP was playing fine until recently.

Someone suggested that I change my drive designations back to default. I recently switched letter designations for my burner and my DVD-ROM drive. I attempted to switch them back by going to Device Manager but was unable to. My CF Card reader had taken over one of the previous letter designations of one of the other two drives. So I went into Device Manager to straighten things out, but now I can't even find my CF Card reader listed. It was there before! In fact, it still works, but for some reason it's not showing up in Device Manager. I find all of this really confusing. If I could find it perhaps I could get the three letter designations back to what they ought to be, and maybe then WMP would work properly.

I would really appreciate help with this very annoying problem.

Thank you,

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Okay, I solved my own problem again. All I had to do was go into Device Manager > CD-ROM and remove something called NERO-IMAGEDRIVE 2. Doing so allowed me to switch my D and E drives back to their default settings. I had recently reversed them and found that I couldn't switch them back until I first got rid of IMAGEDRIVE 2.

Anymore it seems that every day I have another annoying problem pop up, some undoubtedly of my own making.

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Existing CD/DVD drive doesn't recognize DVD media after installing DVD-RW+/- in separate bay. Both are on the IDE (ribbon). Existing CD/DVD drive is set to "Slave" and the DVD-RW+/- is set to "Master". OS XP Home. Sony tech says this is a common problem and that I can't have both the CD/DVD drive and the DVD-RW+/- hooked up to my computer internally. He suggested I purchase an external DVD writer. Any ideas on how to make what I have work?

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Can you hook up one of the drives on the same cable as the hard drive? (I know I can't due to case / ribbon location on my pc).

Try setting both jumpers to cable select.

The only other think I can think of is upgrade your mother board bios, download the most current mother board chipset drivers.

If it's a compatibility issue with your board or the drives that can't be fixed.

I would get an external fireware/usb enclosure that allows you to but one of your drives into the enclosure then hook it up to your pc. The other route is to by an PCI IDE controller card and hook up you components differently (one drive on MB IDE other on PCI IDE).

Your DVD burner should also act as CD/DVD reader as well.

On my system I have a CD-R/RW and a DVD-/+ R R/W Dual layer drive one IDE channel.

almost forgot, Welcome to Tech Spot

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Very new to this.

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I had been recording cartoon shows off and on for my godson to watch. In February, I started getting errors and every attempt to burn a video DVD aborts. At first I thought maybe I had some bad DVD+R media, but I am able to burn other things to DVD outside of Media Center. I can burn data DVDs, but fail on video DVDs.

Here is what happens: In Media Center, I select the episodes of recorded TV shows that I want to burn to DVD. The process starts normally, indicating that it may take "several hours" to finish. After about an hour or so, at around 25% completion, I hear the DVD burner spin up like it is going to start burning the DV. After a few (less than ten) seconds, it stops and ejects the disk. In Media Center, an error comes up saying: "BURN FAILURE, An error has occurred in burning the CD/DVD." There is no further info nor error codes. It appears that something does get burned to the disk during those few seconds, because the system will no longer recognize the disk and it must be trashed.

I am running Vista Ultimate 64-bit on an HP system with a quad core processor and 4Gb of RAM. So far, I have tried all the tips that I can find for similar problems (install CODECs, reregistering DLL files, etc.), but nothing helps. I even went so far as to use the original system restore disks to wipe out the computer entirely and reinstall Vista, then let it do all updates (through SP2). Lots of things work better, but this one problem per... Read more

A:Media Center will no longer burn recorded TV shows to video DVD

Hi Clay and welcome to the forums

What format are these TV shows in?


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I have searched and been unable to find any information about this problem.

When going to the Media Center I sometimes notice that my recording has been broken into two different files.

for example:
When trying to record movie XYZ(120 minute run time) off a cable channel
There will be two(or three recorded files) files labeled XYZ. One with a 20 minute run time and one with a 100 minute run time.(time amounts may vary)

Often when I try to play these broken files(Many times while trying to play a complete file too) my Media Center freezes up and I have to go to the task manager to shut Media Center down. If I try to watch the file again the player will freeze up again.(each time the file is played.)

What causes this and is there any way to correct the problem or repair the files?

Thank you in advance for any help you may give. (And Merry Christmas)

A:Media Center Freezes during playback of recorded TV / Broken files

Your hard drive probably needs to be defragmented.

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When i try to burn a disc from recorded tv list in media center i am askedto select recording and check box
i am unable to check box
on clicking next i can get one of two messages
BURN FAILURE [even though i have not progressed far enough to activate BURN button]
Hope this makes sense
Can anyone help?

A:Media center wont burn recorded tv to video disc

Hello rmths,
Found this, i am not into burning discs but this may point you in the right direction.
Hope it helps. Good luck and post your results, thanks.

In Media Center, you can only create a video DVD by using a recorded TV show when the broadcast type matches the region that you have selected in Media Center.

Also have you looked at your codec pack ?.

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on it. It will play comercially produced but not any that I burned on this Presario 1710 win XP. It did before but for some reason it will not read them now. Setting somewhere? Help
Solution found....Thanks anyhow. Jim PS Merry Christmas to all!

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My HP Media Center Computer with Vista has 500GB of memory, but it's divided into 2 drives, C: and E: I have yet to fill the C: drive, and I have no idea what will happen when that occurs. Will it just overflow into E:? Or will it be a pain to access all the stuff that goes into E:? To prevent this unknown for me, my real question is, is there a way to just save all my recorded TV to this E: drive? I can't find a setting in Media Center anywhere.


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hey, my computer generally reads disks, music cd's, dvd's, and games (new like sims 3, and old like theme hospital and shogun total war)

ive just got anno 2070 and put in the disk, but its not recognizing it at all, when i first put the disk in, it whirs, as it knows there is a disk there, and a disk icon appears next to the cursor, but then nothing, no disk appears in My computer, and when i click on the drive it asks me to insert a disk, i have tested the disk on a different computer running vista, anno 2070 runs perfectly, and also says it does run on windows 7, i have also tested other disks since putting the game into the windows 7 computer, which work fine, and checked whether the disk can be read in a virtual machine (windows xp in this case), which it cant as i expected, i have run the Microsoft disk checker and all it said was that the disk was unreadable, but the vista computer proves it is readable.

any tips on what to do next? i really want to get playing this

A:dvd drive wont read specific disk, will read on other vista computer

I would think that your optical drive and that particular brand DVD media don't go together well. ( I have an Imation DVD+R DL that my Samsung drive only reads at times but not most of the time. On four other drives - a Sony, a Liteon, an Asus and a Plextor - the media is recognised and accessible without any problems. The Samsung drive is clean, has the latest firmware, can read and write other DVD media. So where am I? )

You may just try cleaning the lense with a Lense Cleaner CD. If it does not help, try burning anno 2070 to another known-to-be-good brand media at a lower speed.

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My dvd drive in my Emachines laptop cant read data disks anymore, but it can read/play music and video dvds without any problem.

I have an Emachines D732z. I have Windows XP and drive is hl-dt-st dvdram gt32n.

I'm unsure of the cause of the problem. Can anybody help out? thanks!

A:DVD drive can read video dvds but cant read data disks.

Are the Data discs CD's? When you say Musicand video dvd's do you mean Music Cds and Video dvds?

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I have a dell laptop, D620. When i first put it on the screen was loading funny. as i move the mouse over it a square at time would come in...then when i tried to boot it again. it said new user.. then it just woulnt boot got read error hit control alt delete...i called Dell they said hold fn key and hold start but it went into diagnostic mode. in a few minutes they said HARD DRIVE must be replaced.

My problem is now... that to recover the data companies want from $500 to 25oo to recover the data... is there any program or thing i can do to try to get my files back?

Marv Alpert
[email protected]

A:Hard Drive canNOT Be Read, Computer won't boot. Read Error

Hi malpert and welcome to the TechSpot Forum :wave:

As a laptop only has the ability to support 1 harddrive your option is to remove the drive from the laptop and connect it to a desktop PC using a 2.5" to 3.5" adaptor and try to read the files on it, however I would download the test tools from the makers website and run a thorough test on the drive to ensure readability of the drive.

Remember though if the drive has failed mechanically then any data may be lost and you will need to use one of the professional data recovery services such as "ontrack data recovery" to get it back.

Backup, backup and backup is the mantra when it comes to important data...

Dont put your mailing address on a forum like this by the way you will end up getting spammed to hell.

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hai everyone i've got some problem with my dvd drive, CDDVDW TS-T633P
from HP touchsmart 600 1137D

my dvd can't read or play dvd movie, i reinstall it few times but it can;t solve the problem

can anyone help me about this? i need sugestion

A:dvd drive can't read dvd movie, but can read data dvd or dvd games

Shot in the dark...

Go to the Device Manager and find the entry for your DVD. Right click it and select properties then "Region" and make sure a region is set for the drive. Without a region set it won't play movie DVDs.

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Hello, I recently installed a game which came on a DVD disk
The install had a few problems, and it needed to restart several times. (It looked as though it was unable to read the disc, which resulted in a failed install)
Eventually it installed and all was fine.
The game needs a disc check to start up, and so it must be able to read the DVD before the game can start. It was able to read it, and I quit and restarted the game several times with no problems. However, I tried another game restart and the launcher could NOT read the DVD ("no disk in drive" error). I re-inserted the disc and it worked.

Later, I had the same trouble multiple times. It worked one final time, but I later tried to start the game (and thus read the disc) and it refused to acknowledge a disc was in the drive. I restarted, I removed filters by editing the registry, I uninstalled the DVD drive drivers and even tried blowing air into the drive. I have also tried microsoft's "fix it" software for the drive. None of these methods resolved the problem.

The drive cannot read any other DVDs either (opening them from "computer" just opens the disk tray and states there is no disc in the drive)
The drive IS able to read CDs, which obviously means something (I'm not sure if there are two different lasers or something?)
For this reason I'm leaning towards a software fault, but I don't know what to do to remedy it.

The drive in question: TSSTcorp DVD+RW TS-H653F AT... Read more

A:DVD RW drive will not read DVDs (But will read CDs)

Yes. there are two lasers, and it sounds as though one has failed.
Replace the drive.

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When I put a disk into my Sony DVD RW DW-D22A drive, it will not read the media. I'm not getting any error like "Drive not ready" or "Drive not recognized" tries to read it, but shows it as empty (files attached to show what I mean).

Any thoughts?

Windows XP



A:DVD RW won't read media

Is that the same for ANY disc, including CD as against DVD and does it include dvd`s burnt on this computer
and is the dvd not seen on this computer recognised in your windows 7 computer.

and not knowing your level of knowledge have you checked device manager to see if there are any warnings against the device

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Using Dell Dimension 2400 PC, running Microsoft Windows XP, Home Ed..Dell troubleshooters cannot resolve problem. Microsoft Fix-It (beta) same. Control panel "Properties check: shows same for each drive:

Used =0, Available = 0, Capacity = 0. File = unknown. Primary (C drive shows 55 GB available. According to device manager, devices are working normally.

When attempting to "boot to partition" mouse is frozen in midline...vertical movement only, no lateral movement Hence unable to access partition utility (mouse otherwise works fine in all apps).

All drivers have been updated and are current.
Full computer scan has been run and all viruses, malware & registry errors corrected.

Not very tech savvy and admit I'm at a total loss. IDEAS ??

A:A:, D: and E: drives won't read any media

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I am currently running a Pentium IV with 512 RAM, XP Pro, and lots of disk space, I have a TDK 440N installed with current firmware (although I have tried all the older versions also). This drive burns and reads CDs (data, music, and video) fine, and it plays DVDs fine; however when I insert a blank DVD+R (4x) it will not read even the blank disc. The cursor shows the CD icon next to it then when it stops spinning the drive reads as empty. I have treid many programs and different brands of media (both suggested and not -- by TDK). The computer seems to not recognize the media at all. The drive came with a version of Roxio Easy CD\DVD Creator, I have treid this as well as Nero, Alcohol 120, and numerous other programs, but none ofhtem seem to be able to see any type of blank DVD I put in the drive. I possess limited hardware and software knowledge and I am hoping that someone with more expereince will be able to help me. Thank you.

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I cant seem to read any cd's or dvd's, even when i burn data or a iso image at 4x at around 70-95% its says sometihng like burning error occucerd at 4x ANYONE PLZ HELP my dvd burner is LG GSA 4167B firmware DL11?????
I AM using Sony DVD+R 120min/4.7GB also I have set my burner to master and have no other device attached to the IDE cable are my setting worng?

A:LG GSA 4167B Cannot Read Media

It seems that your drives time has come time for an upgrade

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After cleaning out my computer by using various registry and adware removal software I found on rebooting my computer I found this message:ElbyCheck has detected a corrupt Filter Driver PxHelp20
This driver will prevent your CD-Roms to work properly."

I took the option to delete this file. I rebooted and found that
Windows XP could no longer find my CD ROM which is a TDK 880NRead/RW
I fixed that by resinstalling the Elby software and or reconnecting the power cable but now my TDK 880NRead/RW
can't read ANY disc at all! My Nero Burning ROM Version 6.6.0 15 reads the TDK 880NRead/RWbut it does not read any disc. My explorer reads the drive as does any software but no file explorer or software will let the drive recognize any media, though Nero does open and close the drive for me. I updated the firmware for the TDKTDK 880NRead/RW. Device manager shows that all hardware and drivers are functioning properly. My ide cable is a 300 volt cable I think its a 40 pin, what is the best ide cable for this unit?

A:TDK 880N CD DVD R/RW Does not read ANY media

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Hi My Pc or DVD decoder do not read the DVD-R version 2.0 1.4 GB single sided disks that I use to record in my Camcorder DC210 Cannon ,What is the problem or do I need soft ware to read this disks ?Thanks Bardau

A:PC do not read 1.4 GB DVD-R on media player

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This is either a fatal error or simple miss by me:
HP Envy 700-056 desktop. Windows 8 x64 (NOT SURE IF 8.1 IS INSTALLED)
The system began to freeze up, then was rebooted. Now it only goes to a blue screen that says:
Your PC needs to be repaired
The boot configuration data for your PC is missing or contains errors
Error code: 0xc0000185
You'll need to use the recovery tools....etc, etc, etc.
Now according to my research this SHOULD be a x64 system, so I used the x64 Recovery/Repair disk I made back when I had 8.0 (but should work?) . It loads the HP logo screen then just keep circling endlessly. Using my 8.1 laptop I made a Recovery/Repair USB drive and tried that but it doesn't work either.
Should I let the Recovery/Repair go for 2 hours (typical repair time) or am I SOL??

A:"Your PC needs repair" - Will not read any recovery media

Do you have the installation disk? If so, try that.
Keep us posted.

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Dear Genius Helpers:
I have done so much to fix my laptop, XP media, SP2 that I'm not sure where to begin. As it says in the title, protection expired I wasn't aware of it and I've been working to fix the damage for about 2 weeks. I have cleaned all temp files several times, run: Adaware, CCleaner, Windows Defender, Advanced Windows Care, ComboFix and deep clean A-Squared. Found many bad files, deleted them. I installed Home version of Avast. I have attached a ComboFix log and would love for someone to take a look and see if there is something obvious that is causing the one thing [or more] I need help with: it takes forever to start [I've actaully turned off all start-up items] and very often, after starting [that is, desktop is up, folders are displayed on desktop and I have accesss to "start", etc] it goes into a deep sleep, screen is still on, nothing opens. I wait for sometimes 10-15 minutes, THEN when it "wakes up", every program I clicked on, every move I made, happens in split seconds. Sometimes it can open 15 windows, all stacked neatly behind one another. Thank you for any advice you can give. Deb

A:S-L-O-W start. Can someone please read my ComboFix log? XP Media/SP2

ComboFix logs should not to be posted outside the HijackThis forums. It is an extremely powerful tool which should only be used when instructed to do so by someone who has been properly trained. ComboFix is intended by its creator to be "used under the guidance and supervision of an expert", NOT for private use. Please read Combofix's Disclaimer. Using this tool incorrectly could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again.Please create a new topic in the Am I Infected forum, explaining the nature of your problem. Describe pop-ups and system tray or desktop icons that have appeared. Explain what is "going wrong" with your computer. Note any tools you have used and their respective results.If needed, we will direct you to our HJT Preparation Guide.Thank you for using BleepingComputer as your malware removal source.This topic is now closed. The BC Staff

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Hello everyone.
My optical drive will not read or recognize DVD disc. It will read and play a CD containing music or PDF files. I have ran the Microsoft fix but it only says no media loaded. The problem disc contains photos, I assume in JPEG format from a digital camera. The disc plays fine on other PC's.
I have uninstalled both the Toshiba and my CD drive and rebooted. No flags showing in device manager.
Will try to attach my PC specs.
Ideas? Thanks.

A:Toshiba DVD-ROM SD- R1002 will not read DVD media

Install the Nero Infotool to determine what what read/write features and DVD formats the drive supports. Is the DVD disc in question supported?

(If not sure about DVD format, you can also install the tool on computers where the disc works. Insert disc and click the Disc tab to see what format it is)

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I always had a problem with scratching my CD's, so in 1998 I started making backups of all my music on my computer. Worked great until a few years ago when I got a decent stereo for my computer.

I keep everything Music\Artist\Album\ and I'm having problems because people are moving one folder into another one. And I just noticed today that I'm missing a Zeppelin CD that I remember getting as a gift when I was 19 (NOT COOL).

I've been looking around online all day for a solution and I can't seem to find anything. There are a ton of file security programs that will hide everything, but that won't do me any good. I need to somehow make these files read only. And I mean really read only, not the BS checkbox in windows that lets you do whatever you like to the file. I want to be able to play them, but I don't want to be able to delete them or change their locations. Closest I've come is File Guard by superhero software, and all it does is make a log of the deletion so I don't spend an hour trying to figure out what happened to it like I did today.

Thanks a lot. Sorry if this is the wrong section of this.

A:Truely read only media? :confused:

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Only my second thread here, so I am learning. But I think I have found some friends and I thank you!

My question, I have a bunch of cds that I made MP3s music backups on a couple years ago on a Compaq P2. I now use a Dell 8300 with XP Pro. I just upgraded to Win Media 10 and am using it now as default player. Anyway I successfully copied some of the old MP3s to my library but only about half of the cds. The other half will WM10 will not read in the drive. The weird thing is, it will play the music and show unamed files, but when I try to copy and move to My music folder, it will come back with something like "disk may be corrupt" or some other reason. It wouldn't read them prior to downloading WP10 either but I didn't try them all before. After upgrading I gave it another attempt and like I said, it did read about half. Disks have been kept in safe storage and are clean and unscratched.
Thanks Bill

A:Windows Media Player 10 & XP can't read MP3 Disks

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Hey folks,

So many devices these days come with a driver on a mini-CD. My laptops (Acer and Toshiba) take forever to access them, then think they're blank and ask to format them.

In Googling this I found a guy who said he fixed this problem by reinstalling Roxio. Said his computer came with it but he'd uninstalled it cause he never used it. That it must "turn on" a feature in W7 or something, cause after he reinstalled it, his computer could read mini's.

When I got both my laptops I wiped all partitions (including the hidden "recovery" one), re-partitioned the way I wanted, and reloaded all drivers and W7 (64 Ultimate). The DVD players in both laptops have a central spindle, so they are designed to read mini-CDs. They DO detect them, but again, think they are blank.

Anyone heard of Roxio or other software being required to read mini's? Thanks much.

PS I have a lot of media software installed but not Roxio. (Nero, ImageBurn, Handbrake, Ashampoo, etc.)

A:Is Media Software Required to Read Mini-CDs?

Windows should be able to read your mini-CDs . You might want to eject the CD and place it in the middle . It will take a few seconds to read the disc due to it size. I never had an issue with mini-CDs being read.

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Acer Aspire 4530 W7-64 Ultimate
internal TSST Corp TS-L633A A00 CD/DVD writer.

This driver/burner had been working fine, reading blank media and burning audio CDs. Last time I burned CDs was 4mos ago. Burned about 5 at that time.

I went to burn one the other day and the drive can no longer read the blank media, even though it is the same cake box I have been using all along, so I know it isn't a compatibility issue. It spins and searches, then clicks a few times, then spins more, etc until finally it causes any open program and even Explorer (Desktop) to stop responding. When I hit eject, it opens right up.

Some quick points:

1. The drive is detected fine, shows up in Computer, so this isn't a filters problem.

2. The drive reads/plays discs with data/music/movies just fine. Only BLANK media is a problem.

3. Acer makes no firmware upgrades available.

4. W7 has the device driver internally, and no device drivers are available (tried updating it).

5. Device Mgr reports the drive is working fine.

6. Ran MSs CDFixit program. It found errors/fixed them, but still detected problem (no kidding).

7. Have Nero 10 portable installed -- the same program I have been using all along.


Even so, I bought some Sony media, and same problem.

Aside from junking the drive, does anyone have any ideas? I feel something corrupted it and if I could fix it, it would work again.... Thanks.

A:CDDVD Suddenly Won't Read Blank Media

it's a wild guess, but it may be an autoplay problem.

when inserting a blank cd, did you normally see a menu come up asking what you want to do?

try temporarily disabling autoplay, then load in a blank cd and see if you can write something to it using nero or whatever.

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Sometimes I get a "Media Sharing" error or a "Proxy" error or a "Elevate user status" error but I'm running on the administrator. I've redone my media sharing and it still doesn't work. I cannot play MP3s MPEGs WMVs or anything in Windows Media Player, ITunes, Windows Movie Maker, and I cannot connect to the Media Center from my 360. I cannot read my scanner, I cannot connect to any sort of network, and anything that I try to access that has the word "Network" on it freezes Explorer, but Process Manager says its running I just can't click anything in the window. This started about a month ago and I've tried everything I know. Now I turn it over to you guys. More specifics upon inquiry, I'm frustrated and I've listed everything I can currently think of. Oh and theres a random USER added to my computer that doesn't show up in the sign-in screen or in the USER folder but it shows up in my sharing options, and it's not my Xbox. I could no longer access .rar or .zip files cause I needed to "Elevate User Status". My OS is Vista Home Premium and I also tried reading files from a flash drive and even those cannot play in any media player. Sorry for the erratic posts and such I'm just angry and trying to get all my thoughts together. I'm usually able to fix anything on the PC but I can't fix this. I tried system restore as well but I didn't have a date far enough back to ... Read more

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oddest thing on my smart media card ... I can take a dozen or two pix and go to my PC, place the card in my USB reader and veiw/scan all the pix except occasionally 1 picture. I can look at that pix on the camera view screen but if I attempt to access this file in ANY way - web preview, copy, move (even from a DOS prompt), or even a delete attempt from a higher level folder, etc the entire PC locks and I need to do a button reset on it. Luckily the pix has never been of such a great quality that I can't delete it from the camera. Now I know I can probably move it using the camera as the sending device but waht a pain. Also very strangely, I took pictures off the smart media card and placed them into a folder on the H/D and later wanted to put them back onto the card. The transfer went fine but I was unable to view at least 50% of the files on the camera. I wanted to take the media card to a Walmart and get them printed and perhaps another PC (the Walmart transfer unit) would read the card where the camera wouldn't but this was a concern. I ended up getting them printed via upload to a web site that does digital printing but this sure was a pain. I know about the 'format media' issues and this media card was bought seperately from the camera. Should I just format it again using the camera?

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I have a Windows XP Home Edition system and I am trying to import a video from a DVD-R disc into Windows Media Player. I purchased a DVD burner to convert home videos to dvds (using my TV), which works perfectly. In order to play these videos on my XP in Windows Media Player, I have been using a freestanding Memorex DVD recorder that attaches to the computer, as my XP drive does not read DVD-R. This also works just fine. Windows Media Player will read and play my DVD-R discs, but I am unable to get it to actually download/import the videos. I want to be able to download these videos from my DVD-R discs so that they can be stored on my computer and shared with family.

For clarification, when the video is playing in Windows Media Player, the right-hand side of the player lists the video as "Unknown DVD". Clicking on the "Library" tab on the top bar, it again lists the video as "Unknown DVD (F)". Clicking on the "Rip" tab on the top bar, the left-hand side shows "No Disc (D)" and "Unknown Disc (F)", with the message "To begin, insert an audio CD into the CD drive.". The player seems to be perfectly capable of reading and playing my DVD-R videos, but it apparently only recognizes discs in its (D) drive for ripping or importing.

Do I need to purchase more software to be able to do import videos from my DVD-R discs? Should I be using different discs altogether? Any ideas would be greatly, great... Read more

A:Windows Media Player will read but not import from DVD-R

A good program to rip a DVD would be DVD Shrink. They have discontinued the program, but you can still find the latest version by searching for it in google.

Note -- Here at TSF, we do not condone illegal activities - which includes ripping copyrighted DVD's. Just so you know.

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I use Windows XP and have a Sony DRU-820A DVD writer. My problem is that it will not function if a blank disk of any description is inserted. The message is "D:\ is not accessible - incorrect function". It will quite happily respond correctly when a disk with any data on it is inserted.

A:Solved: DVD writer will not read blank media

Try uninstalling and reinstalling the software for the drive.

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Hello users,

I have a windows xp pro sp3 that was infected overnight with a rootkit virus and I fear that running combofix from the hd can infect the cleaner itself not allowing it to detect the virus to its fullest.

I use to run combofix from a read-only media but now it fails it says it can't extract all the files. Plus I found out, it uses to run from the HD anyway after decompressing it.

So to have extra protection I've like get to help so I can extract all files to a read-only media such us a zip disk or a sd card and load it from there, so that I can be sure the files are loaded into memory straight from the media avoiding other risks.

Hope this is clear.
Have a Good Day

A:How to extract files from combofix to run it from a read-only media

First:No one should be using ComboFix unless specifically instructed to do so by a Malware Removal Expert who can interpret the logs. It is a powerful tool intended by its creator to be "used under the guidance and supervision of an expert. Using this tool incorrectly could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. When issues arise with new malware infections or other security tools conflicting with ComboFix, experts are aware of them and can advise users what should or should not be done while providing assistance. Those attempting to use ComboFix on their own do not have such information and are at risk when running the tool in an unsupervised environment. Please read the pinned topic ComboFix usage, Questions, Help? - Look here. What specific issues are you having that requires using ComboFix?Compliments of QuietMan7Second:Please follow the instructions in ==>Malware Removal and Log Section Preparation Guide<==.Once the proper logs are created, then make a NEW TOPIC and post it ==>HERE<== Please include the link to this topic in your new topic and a description of your computer issues and what you have done to resolve them.If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the new topic and explain what happens when you try to create the log(s) that you couldn't get. If you cannot produce any of the logs, then still post the topic and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide... Read more

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I get this message everytime windows media player starts up.
As far as I can tell it runs fine if I move the box outta the way.


A:Windows Media Player 11 Memory could not be read.

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I received this error when I ran Fix it:

CD/DVD Reading and WritingPublisher details
Issues foundMedia in CD/DVD drive is not readable (MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-846 ATA Device)
Media in CD/DVD drive is not readable (MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-846 ATA Device)
The drive is empty or the media format is not supported
Not fixed
Insert readable media

A:Computer wont read blank media

Very typical error. It's just not a good drive.
It was discussed here just yesterday: (bottom half of that post)

You need to use better blank DVDs. Possibly replace the drive. That's all it is.

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Computer was working fine last night, was on it about 10:30 pm left it on as I always do and when I got up the error messsage was on the screen.

Disk Read Error press Ctrl Alt Delete to restart but it just keeps going back to that error page. I tried tapping F8 to see if it would go to safe mode but it will not. It will go to system recovery I tried to get to system restore that way it asked to do that instead of a recovery but just back to the error page. Can anyone tell me whats wrong? or what to try? or if it is the hard drive?

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I recently finished building my first build PC. I'm running a legal version of windows XP pro. I've transfered all my music files onto the new system (which I purchased myself, legally), but when I try to play a music file, an internet explorer page pops up saying:

"A license is required to play this file
The file you are trying to play was ripped (copied) from an audio CD.

During the ripping process, the file was "protected." This limits the number of computers on which the file can be played.

To play the file on this computer, you must download a license (a process known as "license migration"). A license acts an electronic key that allows you to "unlock" a protected file and play it.

To download a license for this file, click Download License."

and of course I click on the download license tab, and it tells me:

"The license cannot be downloaded because the license has already been downloaded 10 times.

For more information about protected files and license migration, see the Windows Media Player FAQ page."

After digging through the FAQ page, I stumbled accross this

"You deleted the licenses on your computer 10 times (for example, by reformatting your hard disk prior to performing a clean installation of Windows), and you used the license migration service 10 times to download new licenses."

I can remember reformatting my new PC 3 times, and my old pc at least 5 times (fixing OS, fixing USB drive... Read more

A:Transfering media license (stress filled read)

Could converting the files to MP3's on the old computer and then transferring un DRM protect it? Would there be a quality loss? I do have about 120 gigs free for about 4 gigs of music.

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about a week ago, suddenly I was unable to read media CDs/DVDs or audio CDs on my xbox using xbox media centre that I burnt on my PC. The Xbox drive apparently can't read them at all and says the drive is empty. I'm certain there is nothing wrong with my xbox as it still reads CDs/DVDs from before the problem starting without any problems at all.

However audio CDs burnt on my PC do seem to play okay on audio eqpt.

Therefore it would appear something has subtly changed in my Nero settings or something that is causing me a problem. I haven't actually changed anything myself so it's a bit puzzling.

Any suggestions? I'm using Nero and have tried Express, Burning ROM SE etc etc.


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Had a great win98 pc. Backed up digital pictures, documents, etc on CD-R's. Now none of the CD-R's are recognized on the new computer. Old one used Roxio and drag 'n drop to copy to CD-R's. Tried several of them on my XP pro laptop and it recognizes them just fine. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks IA, GG

A:CD-R written with old win98 computer won't read on new XP media center PC

Hi ggtechie and welcome to TSF,

Have you tried installing the old roxio program on the new computer?As I recall, older versions of roxio had optional methods of finalizing cd’s, one of which required roxio to be installed on any other computer the disks would be used on or that a small program be installed on each disk when it was finalized that would allow any computer to use the disk

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Hi, Can anyone help... my partner has a Canon camera and has for several months been loading photos from her camera flashcard on to the packard Bell Computer via a card plug-in slot... a few days ago... it would not read the camera card and when card was placed back in camera no images present (about 500 lost) We bought a new memory card and plugged in today and the same problem has occurred again... Help?


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I have a very straightforward question: I am running WinXP Pro on my computer and I just got an external USB hard-drive to back up my data before I upgrade to VISTA.

My internal hard drive is NTFS file system, and the external drive is FAT32. My data backed-up perfectly.

However, I understand that VISTA is NTFS only (for the drive that it's installed on, which in my case will be the internal drive). I will be installing the VISTA OS on the internal drive, and using the external drive solely for backing up data.

I don't want to back up my data externally, upgrade my PC to VISTA, and then discover that I can't access the data on the external drive.

Here's my only question: will VISTA work with a FAT32 external drive, or do I have to convert that external drive to NTFS *before* I attempt to connect it to VISTA?

awaiting your replies - I'll appreciate all the help I can get!

A:will VISTA read a FAT32 external hard drive,or do I have to format the drive to NTFS?

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Well, I've been having this problem for a while, but now it's getting a bit out of hand. When I go to stand-by and get out of stand-by, it says 'Unable to read/write from drive C:' and other times (just regular surfing, playing CS, etc) the HD locks up for about 10 secs. It also does a thing I'd like to call "HD-turns-off-then-turns-back-on-again-with-a-grinding-sound".

I've tried reformatting which had some '...trying to recover' errors. And I've tried ScanDisk on thorough A LOT of times and it came up with some bad sectors on some of the scans. I've also tried Western Digital's disk drive utils. but it has some weird error now saying the IDE isnt plugged in correctly, but it is.

40GB Western Digital HD
[ I won't say all the other specs. I don't want to intimidate other people ^_^; ]

A:Hard Drive acting weird. Unable to read/write on drive C:, and other errors

Hi trunten

A grinding sound with a hard drive and many bad sectors is not good. It sounds like your drive has bit the dust. Since it is 40 gig there is a good chance that it is still under a warranty as most hard drives come with at least a 1 year warranty and many have a three year warranty. You could recheck the drives jumpers (master/slave) and reseat the data cable but I don't think that will help. BOL

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   We have windows 2008 r2 domain controller and Windows 7 Pro clients. There is a requirement that user perform some run on software and software generate test file / result which are save on local D drive, now we need to assign permission that
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Full control for domain admin, local administrator, system
for domain users allow modify, deny delete and delete subfolder and files 
Owner of the d drive is domain administrator
After that user can read files but at the time of saving files the error is "you dont have suffieceint permission to modify files on this location" and o kb file created but if user try to save second time than the file will save on that same location
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Windows 2000 won't allow me to read removable media such as CDs, DVDs, ZIP disks, and floppies. It says the disk is not formatted (and sometimes says to insert a disk).

As a test I installed Windows 2000 on a new hard disk in the same machine and was able to read the removable media devices. However, I don't want to have to try and migrate all my applications to the new installation (unless there is an easy way to do this other than reinstalling everything).

I contacted my motherboard maker (ASUS) and they said I should install the latest AMD chipset drivers.

I tried insalling the AMD IDE Bus Master Version 1.43s Driver but it won't install -- says a driver is already installed. The AMD readme says to uninstall the existing driver, but when I tried to do this, the PC went black. Fortunately it rebooted.

I then tried to install the AMD Driver Pack, Version 1.30 and my PC crashed and would no longer boot Windows! (it reported the disk as being unbootable). I had to install a new hard drive into the PC and set my original one up as a slave and then install Win 2000 on the new drive and copy the AMDEIDE.SYS file from the new drive over to the original drive. I then switched the drives back and successfully rebooted. This got me back up and running but I still can't read removable media.

I have dual Athlon 1600 MP CPUs in an ASUS A7M266-D motherboard with 2MB RAM and plenty of free disk space.

Can anyone help?

Thank you!

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I own a sony vaio vgn-nrs31z/s running windows vista home premium. The dvd drive was working properly during the first few weeks since I owned the laptop. After a while it slowly started performing poorly. At first it couldn't write an audio cd properly and after a while it couldn't read most of the dvds. I tried unistalling drivers and rebooting. System restored the drivers but it didn't work. I ran microsoft fix it center, didn't do the trick either. Are there any suggestions. I 'd appreciate any help.
Thanx in advance

A:Matshita DVD-RAM UJ870QJ ATA device unable to read or write media

Are you saying you've only owned and used the drive a few weeks?

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Hi, this is a very odd thing happening to me - which I'll probably solve by a fine reinstall (i mean replacing my C with a rescue image made by Drive Image XML) ...

I run XP SP2 - I have Nero 8 installed - but it works (not corrupted, I checked it by the Nero info tool)

so a new dvd drive (writer) just failed ... it stopped reading the disks (which disks? disks it used to read )

I had some dvd burning to do so I took it out .. and replaced by another dvd drive - another writer ...

It did the burnings ... everything went okay ...
much later (like weeks) this burner stopped reading ... (when I needed it the most)
okay .. I go to the garage and get my old dvd rom drive ... back ...
I put it in .. system recognizes it.. installs ... it's ready to be used ...
but it won't read the disks ...

of course I changed the HDD cable .... nothing's changed ....

okay here comes the twist: I put this dvd drive into my friend's PC (same XP SP2) ..
and it works fine with the same disks ... so I had to copy the content on a pen drive to get it into my machine

I'm sure that not everybody had this before .. because if a drive fails like this we'd just think it's dead, right? Why would we give it this second chance .... and also now that everybody is running laptops it's not as easy to get another PC that you can climb into for testing ...

what do you think?


A:DVD drive won't read discs - no dvd drive reads disks in my PC

Remove Nero 8 completely. You don't need it... Update XP to SP3 and see if your DVD drive works again

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Did a backup of files for all users on CD in the D drive. (10 disks in all) Did a factory re install on computer.
When that was done and I had antivirus and malware programs back on I tried to restore the files using backup restore in Windows 7.
The first disk ran fine. Inserted the second disk, went through the same steps, the installing screen came on for a couple of seconds, showing files being installed. Then it stopped and I got the message
CD Label media in the dirve is not the requested media. Please insert the media with the following lable into D:\
ourlaptop 10/10/2013 9:00 PM Drive 1

When I look at what is in the D drive it appears to be labeled the same as the first disk

ourlaptop 10/10/2013 9:00 PM Dri

A:Solved: media in the drive is not the requeste media

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I wanted to know if I told my buddy right.
He has windows xp media center. His monitor is a really nice one like 600 bucks but anyway. he was on it today and it worked fine but when he went to get on it later the monitor would not show anything except it says OUT OF RANGE.

I went out there and tried turning it off and unplugging everything except the mouse, keyboard, and monitor and unplugged it and held in the power button for 15 sec and tried restarting it but it was the same thing OUT OF RANGE.

So I brought in another monitor of mine and plugged it into his computer and it worked fine. So I took his monitor cord and plugged it into another monitor at home another flat monitor and the cord works. His video card is working cause my monitor worked fine.

I hooked up my monitor and set the display to 800/600 to see if that would help and then hooked up his monitor again but no luck OUT OF RANGE.

My question is this. After all that I told him his monitor was bad, do you think I am right and after all that it is the monitor????

Trying to confirm this with myself cause I don['t wnat him to buy a new monitor and that isn't what it is, although I am letting him use an older monitor of mine right now and his computer is working fine with it. Can someone confirm this for me??

A:Solved: Windows XP Media center sp2-monitor problem-error-out of range-please read

Try his monitor on another computer to see if it does the same thing there. If it does then you can be pretty sure it is gone south for the duration.

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A:windows media player fails to read video files from SD memory card

Have you tried copying them to your hard drive and then playing with either VLC media player or Quicktime?

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Today, I burned the data into the multisession CD R/RW CD that I had used only once earlier i.e. I burned the second session onto the CD and finalised it. The data burned successfully. Then I tried to copy the data from this CD on another system which had a SAMSUNG COMBO Drive. It reads only the first session burned on the CD and does not show the second session burned onto the CD and also shows the space acquired by the second session to be blank/unused.
Please let me know where the problem is and how to solve this problem and make the latter read the data?

A:CD R/RW burned in a drive is not read in another drive!!!

It may not be possible for a specific drive to read the multi-session disk. How old is the Samsung drive?

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Hello, after I reinstall XP on my machine, Windows is starting to read my DVD drive as removable drive, I tried to look in google for a possible answer but I end up with nothing , Hope I can get some inputs on how to solve this problem. I am using an LG laptop with XP home sp3. Below are the details of the drive:HL-DT-ST-DVD RAM GSA-4082NGeneral Description:Device type : DVD/CD-ROM DrivesManufacturer: (Standard CD-ROM Drive)Location : 0(0)Driver:Driver Provider : MicrosoftDriver Date : 7/1/2001Driver Version : 5.1.2535.0Digital Signer : Microsoft Windows PublisherI also included the report created by Everest Ultimate Edition:--------[ EVEREST Ultimate Edition ]------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Version EVEREST v4.00.976 Benchmark Module Homepage Report Type Quick Report Computer DEXTER Generator Dex Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600 (WinXP Retail) Date 2009-02-03 Time 14:55--------[ Optical Drives ]---------------------------------------------------------------------------... Read more

A:DVD drive being read as removable drive

Have you installed the appropriate system drivers (chipset etc) for the laptop? If not Windows sometimes doesn't get proper information about devices operating through the chipset.

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A:Can't Read drive

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Thanks for any suggestions that you can give me!


A:CD/DVD Drive won't read CD's

Hi and welcome. Could be slowly dying or perhaps the lens need to be cleaned?

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I am trying to reinstall windows xp to fix a major virus/spyware problem on my daughter's computer.

The system will not boot from cd.

I have tried the disk in another system, and it works fine.
I have tried three different cd drives, no change.
I have swapped the ide cable with a brand new one, no change.
I have swapped ide ports on the mobo, no change.
The drive does appear in the BIOS, and I have set the cd as the primary boot drive.
I have even disabled the other boot drives. (All this gets me is a system beep and a message to press F1 to try booting again.)
The drive does not spin at boot, but it spins endlessly when I try to look at it using windows explorer.

This is an older Dell system with a P4 1G chip on what appears to be a Dell mobo.

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A:CD drive isn't being read

The CD you are trying to read, is it a CD - R/W or a CD-R. I have found that CD-R/W will not work on older CD readers. I had the same problem and re-created the software on a CD-R andit worked just fine.

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I seem to be able to burn a file to the DVD\cdr OK and even view the file. when I remove then reinsert the disk and try to explore, dvd/cdr E; it just keeps clicking away...uninstalled driver then reinstalled, scan for changes etc. still not able to figure this out on my own...I also see that the dvd shortcut is looking at acerC:\app data\ windows\users\ etc instead of E:\ ? why is it looking there?

A:E:\ drive not able to read

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All of my C: Drive is read only. On this PC, and my other one. (i have 2)

I am administrator on both.

I have done a virus scan.

I have done a spyware/adware scan.

I still cant figure out how to fix this.... any help is appreciated. Thanks!

A:All of C: Drive is Read Only.

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A:CD rom drive keeps trying to read

Could be one of two possibilities:

1. Faulty drive

2. Registry Tracks pointing to the drive

Download and run CCleaner
then run
select "Run Cleaner" (note: Internet Explorer must be closed)

Also inside the same program, on the left hand side is "Registry" -> Scan for issues"

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My DVD/CD drive will not read any disc's, I just get a message saying insert a disc

A:DVD & CD drive will not read DVD's or CD

Are these blank discs or are they actual movies. What application are you using to actually use the disc. Has this worked in the past? Try to include a little more detail so that we can assist you in the problems you are experiencing.

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Why my windows 8.1 will play mp3 on my sys but will not play cda. Also when I put a cd in it don't even let me know that it in. I have autoplay check

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i have sony dvd rw dw-g120A (id:1 HA:1) and write software nero 7 ultra, my system configuration XP profession now I explain my problem,
1) When I insert CD automatically popup CD information and I notices my computer there I seen all the details of CD (space and any information in that Cd) I can write and read operation all normally working ok.

But when I insert DVD (blank or writeable ) I can?t notices any data details in my computer i can?t access dvd drive. Plz help me who can I rectified this problem can I change dvd drive or any software problem. I need your valuable replays

A:DVD Drive not read DVD

Have you checked in device manager to see if it detects the DVD drive correctly? You could try reinstalling the current drivers or if there is any newer updates try installing them.
If the driver option doesn't work possibly go to system restore and go back to when it was working if possbile

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Hey guys,

I am having a small problem…well big I guess…with my CD drive – hopefully you can help me out.

Well, yesterday I decided to put in a second CD drive ( E: ). So I have my two games in there (Battlefield Vietnam in D: and 18 WoS:AA in E: ). So Battlefield Vietnam works fine when I start it. Then, when I try starting 18 WoS:AA it goes to “CD Check” and it says please insert 18 WoS:AA.

So, how can I get it to read drive E: so I can have both CDs in without having to switch?

A:[HELP!] CD-Drive E: Not Read!

Go to Control Panel>System>Hardware>Device Manager and uninstall the CD you call E:\drive. Restart the system and let it redetect the CD drive and reinstall the drivers.

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My Sony Vaio . I did a test with opti drive. As far as I can see it says it should read DVD. So could it be dirt? Or is opti drive wrong.? I cannot burn - it says there is no disk when there is

There are no updates for drivers, I have the latest

A:DVD drive will read CD but not DVD


Will the drive Play a purchased music CD or DVD film? Can it Burn a CD?

That will test the two heads of the drive, if it can burn & read its down to the DVD blank disks.

There are several types of disks for both CD & DVDs: -

DVD Formats Explained -

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I have a Acer Aspire 1520 Internal DVD CD Writer

The problem is whenever I put in a CD, the drive attempts to read the disc, makes strange noises for a minute, and then stops. Whenever I try to run the drive, it says it's empty. I've had the DVD drive since Christmas, and the last time a CD worked was probably a month ago, only recently I discovered this problem.

This only happens to CDs. I've tried everything - blank CD-Rs and blank CD-RWs, audio CDs, software CDs such as Nero and photoshop and none of them work.

However, DVDs work perfectly fine. I can play DVDs and watch movies, put in blank DVD-Rs and burn data, and it all works.

I've tried remounting the drive to make sure no screws were loose, and nothing changed.

So I'm wondering if it's a defective DVD drive or if it's some kind of virus? did i need replacement a new one?
i google it found a website sale this model DVD drive with the price that i can afford.http://www.notebook-laptop-accessor...pire-1520-CD-DVD-RW-Drive-Burner-p-61784.html . if i need buy a new DVD drive how about this DVD drive?
Anyone know?

All tips and advice are appreciated. Thanks.

A:my DVD drive can't read cd's

To eliminate the possibility of an unnecessary purchase, you need to be sure of the source of the problem, hardware or software. Configure your computer's BIOS to look to the optical drive first, before the hard disk, for its boot files. Place a bootable CD into the drive and restart the computer. Any bootable CD will do, Windows setup disk from any version 95 or up, a manufacturer's system recovery disk, a hard disk testing utility, anything bootable. You do not need to go further with it than a simple boot.

If it boots from the CD, the drive is good. If not, the drive is bad. It's a simple test.

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I have a dvd/cd combo drive on my PC, it'll read DVD/DVDrw but won't read CD's...It was working up until a few days ago till I left an audio Cd running in the drive for a there anyway to fix it?

A:DVD/CD drive won't read CD's

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Problem : The problem is that on my friends laptop, the DVD drive shows up in hardware "Device Manager" with an exclamation mark meaning the driver isn't installed. But when I go into "Disk Management" or "My Computer" the drive doesn't show up at all. How do I get it to read the drive again?

What used to be wrong was that the driver just wasn't current, but cd's could be played and My Computer would read the drive and everything. It was just that we needed the cd that had the driver on it, because it wasn't offered online.

Things I have tried :

Uninstall driver, Restart Computer.
Disable drive, Re-enable drive.
Manually Remove the drive, Put it back in. (with the computer off)

I don't know why it won't read the drive in My Computer anymore and why it isn't accessible. Please help. Thank you.

A:DVD/RW Drive can't be read

An yellow exclamation mark usually means there is a conflict. The yellow ? means there is a driver issue.
Actually you dont need drivers but firware updates. You failed to mention the make/model of the DVD/RW Drive.

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