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Problem with CDR drive

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by swenb23, Dec 6, 2004.

  1. swenb23

    swenb23 Member

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    Lately my cdr drive will not read any store bought discs of any kind (no installation discs, program discs or audio discs), but it will read burned cds and it still writes. Can anyone maybe help me out with what could be wrong and how to fix it?! I have checked for driver updates and there are none, I also tried to uninstall and then reinstall, but nothing has worked. My computer info is listed below.

    OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
    System Manufacturer Compaq Presario 05
    System Model DA201A-ABA 6310US NA851
    System Type X86-based PC
    Processor x86 Family 6 Model 6 Stepping 2 AuthenticAMD ~1532 Mhz
    BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD AM35311, 11/28/2002
    SMBIOS Version 2.3
    Total Physical Memory 640.00 MB
    Available Physical Memory 344.49 MB
    Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
    Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
    Page File Space 753.77 MB
    Page File C:\pagefile.sys


     
  2. ianski7

    ianski7 Guest

    Hey

    Have you tried uninstalling the CDRW and its drivers in Device Manager, rebooting and letting Windows install device and drivers?

    Have you added or deleted any burning programs?
     
  3. swenb23

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    Yes, I've uninstalled it and let windows reinstall. I haven't added any other burning programs lately. I thought maybe it just was shot, but it still reads burned cds and it still writes so it can't be!
     
  4. ianski7

    ianski7 Guest

    Hey

    If the drive is working properly in the Device Manager
    then the problem is most likely the laser assembly.
    CDR/CDRW drives have a read and write laser. CD drives have only a read laser. Since your drive can write and read the cdr, I would guess that the read laser and it's detection device can detect the changes in reflectivity from the 'cloudy' and 'clear' spots on the cdr but can't detect the 'pits' and 'lands'found on normal cds. Once again this is only a GUESS but with the price of CDRWs these days, maybe a replacement is in order. I recently bought an LG 52x24x52 for $34Can.
     
  5. ddp

    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    try cleaning the lens with a cd cleaner disk.

    ianski7, you paid $34 for a 52x24x52 burner!!, i paid $32Can for 52x32x52 Lg
     
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  6. ianski7

    ianski7 Guest

    Hey

    Ha Ha.....My price was out the door and mine is black and has Superlink.
     
  7. ddp

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    mine was white & out the door at gogocomputers & their lg 52x32x52 black is $33
     
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