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Drive F (CD/DVD) not reading

Q: Drive F (CD/DVD) not reading

I've been unable to find a hardware or driver issue in Windows 7 Device Manager. Everything looks OK. However, we got up one morning and discovered that the CD/DVD drive no longer reads anything. When we put in a disk, it whirs, wheezes, makes what sound like multiple attempts, and produces nothing. We can't find anything it will read. Any suggestions? What can I try?

Preferred Solution: Drive F (CD/DVD) not reading

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

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cds, dvds or both?http://forum.lenovo.com/t5/Lenovo-3000-and-Value-line/My-DVD-drive-doesn-t-recognize-blank-DVD-R-DVD...

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Hi,I am using a windows xp sp2 and a HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-H42N cd/dvd driveThe problem is my cd drive is sometimes detecting the contents of a cd and sometimes not. I am not even able to find the pattern because the same cd when i insert it into the drive at times it shows the content and at times not.I want to format only my C drive using the windows xp cd. But the problem is when i am trying to boot from the cd, the os is not able read from cd.I checked the bios boot priority configuration and it is set to cd/dvd first.what is the other way of format my c drive other than by booting from cd ?i copied all the contents of the "windows xp installation disk" onto my usb flash drive and wanted to setup windows xp.when i double clicked on "setup.exe", i was able to go to the blue screen which had options of "collecting information, dynamic update, preparing installation, installing windows, finalizing installation". the problem is ..it has not asked me whether to just format c or format c,d,e drives.what will happen if i go ahead and format. will i lose all my data in d, e, f drives also..or by default it just formats c drive even if it does not ask us ?I am actually facing all these problems bcos...my pc is not booting from my cd.Please help me with answers.thank you

A:cd drive not reading contents of disk and does xp installation just format c drive ?


When this happens can you eject the cd? When it doesn't read it does it still sound like it is being read in the cd drive?

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Haven't been here in a while, so I tried searching for solutions to this problem and couldn't quite find any that matched my situation. A few results came close but no cigar.

Anyway here's my problem: My DVD drive just won't read DVDs! It reads CDs just fine but just won't recognize DVDs. I've had this drive for a long time now and haven't really had a reason to try a DVD-ROM until recently since Elder Scrolls: Oblivion was released. All I can really add is that it WAS an e-machines desktop until I replaced the CPU, mobo, vid card, and RAM (long time ago). I've filled in my specs where they should be filled in so feel free to check em if you need to.

My second problem is that my CD R/RW drive suddenly stopped working after my sister burnt a CD. I was making one for her boyfriend immediately after and it just refused to work from there on.

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

A:DVD Drive Reading CD but not DVD! CD R/RW Drive Suddenly Stopped Working!

lets troubleshoot:

- Update firmwares/drivers/Winupdates
- check teh media for physical damages (scratches etc)
- try burning with a CD-RW to test its not a bad CD batch you got
- disable all third party burning software (nero, roxio etc) and try test with WinXP's cd burning software
- open up the pc and check cables and such connected properly, reseat if needed
- try on another pc
- try this thread : http://www.techspot.com/vb/showthread.php?p=262352
- how long have you had it in service? it may have well died out...

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On start-up I get a "Data error reading drive c"Is the hard drive bad?

A:Data Error Reading Drive C, Bad Drive?

Beach, it will probably be best if you reply back to your same thread instead of opening a new one for the same problem....this will probably be closed by one of the mods...

Original thread is here:


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I have installed a cd and a dvd rom drives and first the puter didnt recognize them. I removed the upper/lower filters and then i had my d: drive back in my computer. But when i went to use it i notice that when i clicked on the d; drive for the cd rom it is reading something from my hard drive. So i figure the puter is still not recognizing that i have the cd/dvd rom drives installed...
Have i confused you lol..anyways any ideas...

A:Solved: D: drive reading hard drive not cd rom

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Hi, I bough a new laptop 2 weeks ago (Asus with windows 7) and decide it was the time to install Microsoft office today, what a surprise the CD drive can't read anything...I've tried CD, DVD and Blue ray nothing work!

Basically, when I click on the DVD RW drive it open the DVD reader and said <please insert disc into drive>. Then, it start reading for 2 seconds, stop before opening anything and bring me back the same error <please insert disc into drive> like if there was nothing in the drive. I think the drive itself is functional it is only a reading issue. I found some tips but nothing work for me.

I tried :
- the Microsoft fix it scan and everything i found on Microsoft support website. Troubleshooting ended saying <CD/DVD drive is not readable not fixed>
-Drive properties says <this device is working properly>
-update <drive is up to date>
-to deleted upper and lower filters and restart the computer

what do?
please help and by the way I have basic knowledge about computer so I need full explanations

A:CD/DVD drive not reading

That drive is most possibly faulty and needs replacing. It should be covered by the warranty and you should return it ASAP.

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Whenever I put a disk in and try to open a file, it says, "please insert a disk into drive D:/"


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Yeah uhh.. I was just re-installing Modern Warfare 2 and when I put in the last disc, it the DVD span a little, then stopped. It said there there weren't any discs! Then I put in the first one and the same thing happened! My DVD drive can't read anything for some reason now! Heres a HijackThis log -
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 7:37:49 AM, on 11/30/2010
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16386)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtHDVCpl.exe
C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 2011\avp.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\nTune\nTuneCmd.exe
C:\Program Files\DivX\DivX Update\DivXUpdate.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Anti-Vibrate Oscar Editor\OscarEditor.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Contacts\wlcomm.exe
C:\Program Files\SpeedFan\speedfan.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 2011\klwtblfs.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

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I have an IBM R52 notebook since last 3 years.
Since last few days the CD drive is not reading a few CDs.
On checking the properties of the drive with CD inserted :
it shows Free space 0 bytes
Used space 0 bytes

When I reinstalled the Windows XP Prof. it detected and was able to run the 2 CDs which earlier it was not detecting but still is very choosy in selecting which CD/DVD to read.

Please help!!!
Is it a hardware problem or due to some virus???


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Hi Everyone,

I have noticed that my DVD Drive is unable to read any of my CD's but all my DVD's are read perfectly by the drive. I have enabled AHCI and installed Intel Rapid Storage drivers post that. What seems to be the problem? Is it because of AHCI? Are there anyone who faces the same thing after enabling AHCI?

I cant deny the fact that my read write and boot performance have improved a lot after enabling AHCI. Valuable suggestions and feedback really appreciated.


A:DVD Drive not reading CD's

Do you have any virtual drive software installed?

Have you deleted any of you upper or lower filters?

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I have an Hitachi dvd rom drive and recently recieved GTA:SA dvd rom edition for my pc, I have Win XP w/SP 2 currently and was running Win Me before. My PC meets all the requirements for this game. And the problem I experienced with both OS's and my dvd rom drive was that sometimes it would read the cd and most of the time it wouldn't. The few times it does read the cd then it errors out during installation. I've only had it installed and played it once and then I uninstalled it cause I was ready to play yet. I talked to the games tech support and they said update the firmware for my dvd rom drive, and my gateway tech support said w/XP it will make sure I have the latest firmware and drivers. So for the most part when I put the cd in it will say there is no cd in drive or error out during the install. I have 2 copies of the game and both do this. Anyone heard of this?

A:dvd rom drive not reading GTA:SA w/Win XP or Win ME

xp will make sure you have xp's latest drivers but you should check out hitachi's website for their latest drivers and firmware

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I have a Ricoh cd rw mp7040a and it seems to be working fine except when certain cds are put in it. I have recently formatted my hard drive and installed windows 2000. When i put one of these certain cds in it makes different noises than normal and eventually the busy light goes off and it continues making noises. While its doing this my computer runs very slow. If i push eject it takes longer than normal for the cd to come out but after it comes out the computer returns to normal speed. The cds im having problems with are memorex cd rw's that i have used before under my windows 98 operating system. And also the cd that came with this drive wont work in it. All these cds work fine in my toshiba dvd drive.

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I recently bought a HP Pavillion Special Edition PC, everything works perfect except for my CD/DVD drive. If you try to put a disk in, it closes extremely quick...probably less than 3 seconds. Also, if you can get a disk in, it won't read it all. I've tried everything..games, DVDs, and CDs.

It's a Lightscribe DVD SuperMulti Drive/ CD-Burner. If you can help me, please reply. If you need to know any more info please ask me.

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Have someone replace the DVD drive for you...

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My DVD/CD-RW Drive has suddenly stopped recognising blank rewritable discs. CD-R discs are working with no problems at all. Can anyone offer me some advice to what the problem could be?

Thanks for any help.

A:DVD/CD-RW Drive not reading CD-RW's

One possibility: Does this coincide with a change of media brands on your part. (Did you buy a new brand of RWs?)

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I have a Compaq Presario SR1738NX Desktop PC. Up until a month ago I was able to use my disk drive. I put a cd or dvd in the drive it blinks for a few seconds then nothing. The device mananger says everything is working properly. When I try to burn something it tells me to insert a disk when there is one in the drive already. I have cleaned it with canned air. I have uninstalled and reinstalled. I have unplugged it. I spent over an hour on the phone with HP tech support talking to someone I couldn't understand and it cost me $100. When I first told my problem they said it was a settings thing. They had me deleting things and downloading things. When it didn't work they wanted me to do a system recovery. I know there has to be a way to correct the problem without losing everything on my computer. Please help!

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Does the drive show in "my computer"?

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the drive is opening and closing and after a couple of blinks it just stops and refuses to read the disc

theres no activity whatsoever

its a new drive purchased a couple of months back

please help

thanks in advance

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my CD drive is not reading disks. the only time it will is when i startup, and put a disc in about 10seconds after startup. anytime after 5minutes, my computer wont recognize that there is a disc in the drive. i went to the microsoft website and did the stupid fixit thing and it did nothing... so if you can help me, you would be a lifesaver. (trying to install a 2disc game)

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I have a Presario 2100 (yeah I know, from the Stone Age). My dvd drive won't read anything, and I have tried updating the driver, restarting a few times, restarting with the dvd in and out, and my device manager says everything is fine with it! I have no idea what to do next, and I have recently reformatted so I know there is no virus or anything crazy! If any one has any ideas, feel free to voice them, or email them! Thanks in advance!

A:Dvd/cd Drive Not Reading Anything

Have you tried a different DVD or CD Rom in it?

It sounds like the DVD may have joined all those that have passed on?

A Brand New DVD Burner is quite inexpensive?


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Okay. The dvd drive in my computer is not reading dvd's. Only CD's. When I open up the "my computer" Dvd's are read as CD's. I updated the firmware and the computer recognized it as a dvd until I tried to use nero and then my computer went back to reading it as CD. Im thinking its a software issue since the computer did read it as a dvd when the firmware was updated. Here are the specs for the computer

Operating System
MS Windows XP Professional 32-bit SP3
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.40GHz 37 C
Kentsfield 65nm Technology
4.0GB Single-Channel DDR2 @ 400MHz 5-5-5-15
ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5N-D (Socket 775)
ASUS VW193T @ 1440x900
256MB GeForce 8600 GT (EVGA) 55 C
Hard Drives
2000GB Western Digital WDC WD20 EADS-00R6B0 SCSI Disk Device (IDE) 36 C
251GB Western Digital WDC WD25 00YD-01NVB1 SCSI Disk Device (IDE) 43 C
Optical Drives
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S223F SCSI CdRom Device

Thank you very much in advance for this

A:DVD drive not reading DVD's

I hope this helps you.... http://support.microsoft.com/kb/321641

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When I go to My Computer, it doesn't show my rewritable/recordable drive (the second drive from the top) that I should be able to click on. What has happened, and what do I do? Thanks.

A:Not reading CD-RW/R drive!

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My Sony DVD Drive was functioning correctly with Nero, but now it is not reading when a DVD or CD is in the drive. In the beginning, sometimes it read but later nothing was seen. I tried to burn with windows, but shows that it is also not working. What happened to my DVD drive. Can anybody give practical advise?

A:Dvd drive is not reading

Maybe the DVD or CD disks wich you insert to your DVD drive are old or broken?

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My Inspiron 6000 (windows xp) does not recognize drive d: (dvd rom)

A:reading cd drive

not connected properly need to go in and either put power or data cable in

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My CD Drive can read any previously used CD, music or material. But I recently purchased Photoshop Elements 8 and when inserted drive says insert CD in drive A. I tried this on another Blank CD to copy some pics. It did the same thing. I was able to burn pics through picassa program.
Any ideas. Thanks.

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Hi. I have a question regarding my C:/ or D:/ drive. Whenever I put a cd into my computer, the computer stopped reading it. Usually it reads it automatically and I have a pop up come up and tell me which action I want to take. But now it won't read anything. I went into My Computer, and it says that there isn't anything in the drive, when the cd is.

Can you help me?

A:C:/ or D:/ drive not reading cd's

Please don't post duplicate threads on the same issue, continue here: http://forums.techguy.org/dos-pda-other/572644-windows-xp-c-d-drive.html

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OK, my CD/DVD Rom Drive won't read some CDs but reads others fine. I have checked the CD and it works perfectly fine on other computers. I have cleaned it with a CD Laser Lens Cleaner. I can not figure out why it won't read this CD.

The CD it won't read is "Nancy Drew: The Haunted Carousel" It read the previous game CD just fine (which was Nancy Drew: Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake). Can anyone help me figure out why it will not read this CD? Any advice on how to fix the problem would be much appreciated!


A:CD/DVD-ROM drive not reading some CDs

Sometimes optical drive just start failing in weird ways... Replace it. They are not expensive and they are easy to replace, even in laptops

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Recently, for some reason, my drive isn't reading CDs. When I place a CD into the drive, the flashing green light goes on for a while so I know it's being powered, but after a while it cuts off and nothing happens on my screen. I checked the My Computer area and it doesn't have the CD listed either. Because of this, I can't install things from CDs, back up information from CDs, listen to music, or watch DVDs.

I'm not getting any kind of error codes or anything. Quite simply, nothing happens at all.

Edit: I should probably point out that I tried the regedit editing walkthrough that was posted in a similar topic about CDs not being read. This did not work! I'll post my stats in case it will help.

EVEREST Home Edition 2003-2005 Lavalys, Inc.

Version EVEREST v2.20.405
Homepage http://www.lavalys.com/
Report Type Report Wizard
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600 (WinXP Retail)
Date 2008-04-27
Time 06:09

Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)

CPU Type AMD Athlon 64, 2200 MHz (11 x 200) 3200+
Motherboard Name Unknown
Motherboard Chipset ATI Radeon Xpress 200, AMD Hammer
System Memory 1024 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
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A:CD Drive not reading CDs

Probably Your pc don`t "see" a drive.
Click on Start|Settigs|control panel|system|Device manager|dvd\cd - rom drives|

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Hello everyone,

I am having problems with my CD Rom drive, and I hope you'll can help me. Ok, I had reformatted my computer because my computer was having problems. After I got everything working, I need to install my CDRW drive software (I have two drives). So, when I installed the software I put the cd in the cd rom drive and the software was installed. The day after I went to use my cd rom drive and it's not able to read the cd. My cdrw drive is fine, but my cd drive is not working (The door opens, and the light blinks, but that's all it do.

I tried scanning the drive to see what's the problem and I received a message stating that my drive was locked or something like that. How do I unlock it, and get it working back to normal? Should I reformat my computer again?

Someone told me the first thing I should do before reformatting the computer is buy a cleaning kit for my CD ROM drive, and if that doesn't work I should reformat my computer. What do you think about that?


A:CD Rom drive is not reading my cds

I havent heard of a cleaning kit but ill try to help ya. how old is it i recently had a 40x LG cd reader im guessing from age because i got in 1998. then i got a liteon dvd burner 2 saturday's ago. it was mad 16x worked like a charm...for tthree days so they replaced to the top of the range LG today. there its kind of uncertain with cd drives.

yeah so age is my first thought.

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I am having a problem with a PC where when I start it up it gives me the following message:

'Data Error Reading Drive C
Abort, Retry, Fail?'

Any ideas if this is definitely the harddrive that has failed or can it possibly be something else that is causing the problem?


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ok so when i put a CD into my computer it does nothing. i tryed useing
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=314060 but when it asked me to put in a cd to burn or play it says that my computer does not suport the format but i know for a fact that its the right format

A:my CD drive is not reading anything

Is the CD-ROM light coming on?

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A colleague has a problem with a drive. It won't read CD's he puts in except Encarta. Once Encarta has been run, it will read the others. He has been adviced to take Autorun setting off, but on re-booting his pc, it re-sets itself. Anyone got any ideas

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I have a CD/DVD drive that i've had for a while, and now it wont read anything. i'll put in a disk and click "DVD drive 'E'", then it'll say, "Please insert a disk into the "E" Drive." (as if it doesn't know one's in there)

I have installed quite a few drive emulators and then deleted them in the past, and i might have accidentally deleted the wrong drive.

my dvd/cd drive is the only drive on my computer. (besides the floppy and USB ports).

how might i get my drive working again?

A:DVD/CD drive not reading CDs

By the sound of that, I'd say your DVD/CD Drive its dead Time for a new one

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Right when i'm about to sell my emachines, the DVd/CD-RW drive is not reading CD disks. :suspiciou I've never had a problem since I have had this computer, and im not sure what to do.

Earlier I shut my computer off manually by pushing the button, and since then my drive has not been reading CD's.

I put in "The Day After Tomorrow" DVD and it reads it fine, but every CD I try doesnt work. I got ONE CD to work, but after I stopped it... it didnt work again.

Has anyone had this problem? or does anyone know what I can do to fix this? :knock:

This is really, REALY bad.

A:Help! DVD/CD-RW Drive not reading CD's

i think you're drive is screwed up.you'll have to get ti repaired,this doesnt sound like any diy issue.however you might want to remove and then reinstall the drivers for your drives.also check your data cable etc at the back.but this sounds like it'll need repair since it can play dvd's and not cd's.my advice if its not under any warranty,then use it as long as you can to play dvd's consider getting a different cheaper drive for cds or change it completely.

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Hey there.

Recently after receiving my computer after it being worked on a bit, my computer hasn't been reading Cds and DvDs.

There hasn't been many things done to the computer after it being worked on (RAM clocked to normal speed, dust cleaning. That's about it).

The drive is being recognized in both Device Manager and Disk Manager and I'm pretty certain that the IDE and power cables are connected correctly.
I've been in Regedit and deleted the Upper filter in regedit but with no success.

I've tried many different sources on how to fix the issue, but none have worked, even the Microsoft Fix-it tool. A source on how to check if it works through the BIOS...but truth be told I have no clue how to check it within the BIOS; I'm not really that good with the computer "itself". I only know how to enter BIOS, really.

Here's my system specs (thanks for the little handy System info tool! I'll be using it from now on )

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 950 @ 3.07GHz
BIOS Date: 08/02/11 14:36:59 Ver: 08.00.15
Memory: 6.00 GB Usable: 5.99 GB
HDD: (1) WDC WD10EARS-00MVWB0 ATA Device (2) Generic USB CF Reader USB Device (3) Generic USB MS Reader USB Device (4) Generic USB SD Reader USB Device (5) Generic USB SM Reader USB Device
Soundcard: (1) AMD High Definition Audio Device (2) High Definition Audio Device
ATI Radeon HD 5450
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1


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A:DvD drive (BD-ROM Drive (I:)) not reading disks

What is the status of the drive in the Device Manager? Does it show an error code or does it show working OK?

If has a code, post back with the code. If it shows working OK, RIGHT click on the entry for the drive and then LEFT click "Uninstall". Then restart the PC and when Windows starts it should detect and reinstall it.

If its not showing up at all, check the cables on the rear of the drive, both the data and the power cable (and both ends of the data cable) as one of the cable could have been disturbed/disconnected during the cleanup.

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I'm having problems burning DVD's at first I thought it was software problems, come to find out my computer wasn't reading my DVD nor CD drive nor my external DVD burner drives..I received an error while attempting to burn DVD's, it said it was a "Code 39" so I looked it up on the Microsoft web page and it told me to uninstall my drives in the device manager (there was an exclamation mark next to my three drives) and then reinstall them, I did and the computer reinstalled them and the exclamation marks were still there..

So then I tried the second option and it told me to delete my upper filter and lower filter (I think that's what it was called) and I did and that worked, BUT!! the computer is reading my external DVD burner as a CD Drive ( J: ) instead of DVD..Now because of that, I'm not able to burn my DVD's because the decrypter is stating that it doesn't recognize and drivers to perform the operation..So, if anybody could give me help I'd greatly appreciate...

BTW, I have windows XP Home Edition if that makes any difference..

Thank You, Adrian

A:Computer is reading my DVD drive as a CD drive

go to the manufactuer's website and download the appropriate drivers

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I have a Samsung DVD-Rom SD-616E SCSI that used to play dvd's just fine, but about a month ago it stopped, it reads cd's just fine but no dvd's of any kind. The region is correct and I can not update firmware (from samsung site) because it came with my dell computer. The dvd's ive tried work in my other drive.

A:Dvd drive not reading dvd roms

i had that drive in my dell, the tray got to where it wouldn't open half the time, so i just bought a new samsung dvd burner, less than $30!! dump the drive & get a new one

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Hi. I am having a problem installing programs from CDs. Often, but not all the time, I install the program from the CD and it stops halfway through because something.CAB cannot be read or is corrupt. This happened with half life 2, and I copied the contents of the CD onto my HD and installed it from there, and it worked fine. Now it is doing it with Office 2007 and copying it to the HD is not fixing the problem.

What are .CAB files and why is it only these which are not being read?

I have a LITE-ON COMBO SOHC 5235K and the firmware is up to date. I cannot find any instances of anyone else suffering the same problem. I am using Windows XP.


A:Please Help- Cd Rom Drive Not Reading .cab Files

Hi logue, it looks to me the CD is scratched somewhere thus, unable to read the file from CD.If you could copy the files to your HDD, then try to burn it to another CD and install it from the newly burned CD and see how it goes.You might want to try using the CD to test on another machine etc. I also found some information on .CAB file.

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I am helping a friend as her computer refuses to load Windows.

The first thing I did was check that her files were in tact - I used a Acronis Rescue disk and was delighted to see that the files are all there, so I helped her to back them up to an external hard drive (as she hadn't done that recently).

I then did a disk scan using Linux Mint and it said it found 3 bad sectors and then said the disk had "Failed" the read test, so I told her the hard drive was faulty and would need to be replaced as soon as possible and then Windows reinstalled.

Despite the disk error, which seemed minor as it only mentioned 3 bad sectors, I thought I could re-load Windows XP for the time being so she could use it for a little while, until she could afford the repair or to replace the computer.

However, for some reason Windows setup can see the hard drive with the correct size, but says it's "unknown" and says that all the space is free (ie there are no files on it !)

But this is clearly wrong as both Acronis recovery disk and Linux Mint could both see the entire contents of the drive.

How comes Windows XP Setup says the drive is unformatted and empty ... when the other 2 programs say the file structure is perfectly in tact ??

I do hope you can help me.


A:XP Setup not reading the drive

<<How comes Windows XP Setup says the drive is unformatted and empty ... when the other 2 programs say the file structure is perfectly in tact ??>>

IME, this normally occurs when the hard drive itself is functionally sound...but the partition structure is damaged. More on this at RAW Volume (Quietman) - http://www.theeldergeek.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=36698 .

Typically, I just delete the volume and create a new one and reinstall Windows...but there are tools (such as TestDisk) which others have used to successfully repair such volumes (although I've not had success myself with such).

Hang on and I will see if I can get someone more knowledgeable to take a look .


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I have a dell computer running Windows XP and the CD-ROM drive will play music cds but the drive isn't listed in the my computer window. In the properties of my computer there is a disk drive listed as: WDC300EB-75CPF0 Is this the CD-ROM drive?

A:CD_ROM drive isn't reading

Hmm, I am not 100% sure if its your CD-Rom drive but do me a favor go here...

start > control panel > system > hardware > device manager

Now, check to see if there are any yellow question marks or exclamation points. If there are, you are missing the driver. Simply reinstall the driver and you should be set to go.

Hope this helps!

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I have a 3 year old Dell 1435. It was working fine until few days back when its CD Drive started giving troubles. it does not recognize any cd being inserted. When I insert a cd, it niether plays nor does its option appears in the my computer option. sometimes when I get lucky enough, it gives an error message to insert a new disk but just does not play the cd at all. Sometime when I restart the computer a couple of times, the cd starts playing. This means I have to repeatedly boot the computer to run a disk.

I have checked with regedit option and there are no upperfilters or lowerfilters. When I run device manager, there is no option called as CD/DVD drive showing up.

Could someone please help me out to solve this problem permanently.

A:cd/dvd drivers, cd/dvd drive, cd/dvd not reading,

Hi and welcome to TSG.

First things I would check are the physical cable connections inside the machine. Make sure the ribbon cable is securely fitted (remove and re seat it both ends) and the power cable aswell.

Do you use the drive alot (a lot of reading discs and/or a lot of burning discs)? If so, it could simply be a case of wear and tear and the unit has died. CD/DVD drives are dirt cheap now and all are pretty bog standard size and connections, so should be easy to replace if needed.

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Hello all,

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. Yesterday I started experiencing some odd behavior on my Dell Inspiron 9400 Laptop. This PC is running Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600) and I have not had any issues until now.

I first began having issues reading CD's on my Pioneer DVD-R drive. Specifically, I was trying to install Diablo 2 and the X-pac, it would struggle to read the disc at all (it would try for a good minute). So, cleaned it, etc, etc, it looked fine. Tried it on GF's computer booted up fine. Even all of the other Diablo 2 CD's didn't work on mine, but worked on hers. I did test a DVD (Batman Begins , and that seemed to work). Then I tried a Windows XP Disc and it did not read that. In fact, when I clicked on my D:\ drive, it loaded up Batman Begins DVD. Of course it didn't play it because it wasn't in there, but it did this with Diablo as well, :4-dontkno. I also use MagicDisc, which is a virtual CD-drive emulator, and that would also not recognize any of those discs. I have a virtual machine running Windows XP pro and that had zero problems reading these discs as well (using MagicDisc).

I searched for drivers for the Pioneer drive (DVD+-RW DR-K17Y) and I did not see any updates, I uninstalled them and reinstalled the same ones, that didn't do anything though. Anyone have any ideas for this issue?

Thank you, please help! ray:

A:DVD-R Drive not Reading Certain Discs

Testing it some more......it seems it will read DVD's, but NOT CD's. I understand they have separate lasers to read them?

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Hi i am the not so proud owner of a Toshiba DVD-Rom SD-M1712
When i Put in any Dvd discs such as the game 25 To Life , and My dvd drive refuses to read it,, If u have any subjestions or awnser to this problem plz post or email me..
I also have a restore drive on my pc,, if that would by any chance not make it work plz reply

A:Dvd Drive not Reading DVD discs

Does it read other DVDs?
Update firmware from manufacturer if available.

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Hi - Hoping someone can help me out!

When I booted my PC this morning, I tried launching a game, only to discover the disc was not being recognised/read.

The drive was reading the disc perfectly yesterday & I haven't made any big changes to my system that would affect the drive.

I've tried a few simple fixes - deleting upper/lower filters etc but nothing has fixed it.

The drive shows in 'My Computer' but no discs I insert will be read.

I really have no idea where to even start, I'm hoping someone can give me some guidance, I'll be around to answer questions that might help narrow down the problem. I'll attach the .txt file from a cpu-z scan to hopefully give you some information about my system.

A:BD-RE Drive Not Reading Discs

Quote: Originally Posted by soloist

The drive was reading the disc perfectly yesterday & I haven't made any big changes to my system that would affect the drive.

Know what those changes were? I updated an OEM DVD burner with non-compatible firmware once that caused similar issues. Thought I was doing good, too.

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After re-partitioning my HD and formatting I am trying to install windows 98.
Using a 98 boot disk I enable cd-rom support and at the a:> prompt i type in e: and get the e: prompt. With the windows 98 cd in the drive i type in setup.exe and get the message:
Error cdr001 not ready reading drive e.
Befor formatting I double checked to see if the cd-rom worked and everything was fine.
Any ideas?
Many thanks

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I have a Sony vaio notebook (PCG-R505DL) with a docking station (PCGA-DSM5, which came with the comp when I bought it). My CD-RW/DVD drive is built into the docking station.

Whenever I put a cd that someone has made a copy of for me (for instance, a cd full of pictures from my summer job) I can not see the files. When I insert a cd the pop up window that opens asks what I want to do with the blank cd. I also have trouble copying CD's - it usually doesn't finish correctly.

I am operating Windows XP.

Honestly, I don't remember if I've ever been able to read burnt cd's or not (I've had my computer 3 years now) but for the past 6 - 12 months I haven't been able to.

If anyone could give me advice on how to correct this problem, I would greatly appreciate it!

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my floppy drive is not reading disk. It says disk is not formatted. Disk is formatted and has info on it. I put disk in another computer and it works fine. I checked disk management and it says all is good. I then checked drivers and it says they are good i also tried to rollback driver and it sayed there was no driver to roll back to. I then whent in to bios and all looks good there. My floppy drive may be bad but i dont want to change it if it is something im over looking. The program is in Excel and the computer in question does have Excel on it. All help will be greatly appreciated.Thanks rick

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Since I went to win8 my DVD drive does not read dvd's that I formated (in XP) & copied files in them, although they are read by the Vista Laptop's drive.

It reads program DVDs, even the ones I backed up in dvd's (formated in XP) of my own.

I noted that the DVD drive ist shown in win explorer if you click on "computer" but, not shown among the system drives, unless a program dvd is inserted.

Can you solve my mystery please.

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A:DVD drive not reading DVDs

Is the driver for the DVD loaded? Since this home built system. When you put in pre-recorded store purchased DVDs does it read those. What software are you using to read the DVDs. Try VLC make sure you have the video/audio codecs loaded for that Windows 8 box.

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