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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.)

A: Drive F (CD/DVD) not reading

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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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.

A:DVD/CD Drive not reading anything

Have someone replace the DVD drive for you...

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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 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!

A:CD/DVD drive not reading anything

Does the drive show in "my computer"?

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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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My DVD drive will only play regular DVDs (ie movies).

When I put in any game DVD it tries to autoplay but only displays an empty explorer window and I can only eject the disc during a restart ( before the bootup completes).

I thought this was a problem with the drive itself and also wanted to upgrade to a DVD buner, so I bought a new one today (Sony AW-G170A). I've just installed it and when I insert a game DVD that same thing happens.

CDs (audio & data) work fine.

I have a dell dimension 8400, P4 HT, 1 gig of RAM.

(I also use Deamon tools. Not sure if this is an issue. I have uninstalled it but it makes no difference)

A:DVD Drive Only reading AV DVDs

dvdrw need to be on a 80 wire ide cable on the end plug jumpered as master
put your other drive as slave to the middle plug
cd's use a different laser to the dvd's
are the games retail disks

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Hello. I have an Asus K60IJ with a HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT10N ATA device, running Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit). It reads commercial DVDs and DVD-Rs with no problem. However, when I insert DVD-RWs (that I know has data on it), it does not read them. I am just prompted to insert a disc when I attempt an action. According to the "self-troubleshooting," the device is working properly and it has the latest drivers. I conducted a search online for newer drivers, but the two I tried did not work (one was for a Dell Inspiron and one, from the ASUS page - http://support.asus.com/download/do...ical Disk Drive Firmware&SLanguage=en-us&os=8 (File Name: HLDS GT10N ODD Firmware_1.0), did not work). I'm not even sure if they are the correct ones.

Any information on where I might be able to find a correct newer drive or another fix would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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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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Background: Have Asus G73Jh Series 17-1/4" laptop with 8 GB RAM and a terabyte of memory divided into two drives, formerly running Windows 7 Pro. Was giving me trouble; one day didn't start at all. Took it to Staples (I know - my fault) but told them to GUARD MY DATA at all costs! No reformatting drives, etc! Told the guy to write it in big letters on the laptop. He didn't. When I came to retrieve it I had no software icons on my desktop, and couldn't find any data. I nearly had a cerebral aneurysm! I was visibly upset, and told them that years of very complicated work was now gone forever because they hadn't followed my very clear instructions. I eventually spoke with the woman who did the deed, and she said she only reinstalled Windows 7. (I had 7 Pro -- now have Home Premium.)

Took it to a nearby computer guru to attempt data recovery -- he found some stuff, the majority still missing, however, a right-click on Properties of the drives shows the pie chart of data almost full on both drives! So it seems it's there, but I just don't know how to get to it. One big issue to to try to locate and be able to open all of those "missing" files!

But this is a more immediate problem. I'm attempting to re-install some software. The strangest thing is that when I put a CD into the drive and click on it, I only see Files Ready to be Written to the Disc (1) and underneath that, "desktop" and under Date Modified, "3/27/200... Read more

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My m8 had his lappy hd formatted and now his dvd-ram writer wont recognise a dvd, if he puts a cd in thats fine but dvds wont read at all.

could it be that the wrong driver has been installed?? or can ne1 offer any other suggestions/solutions?


A:DVD drive only reading cdrs

It certainly would be easier to understand the problem if you did not use "text language", but on the off chance I have managed to get the gist of the problem, has your "mate" reapplied all the correct motherboard drivers after formatting?

Otherwise Windows will just use default ones which may mean some things will not work correctly.

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My DVD drive dose not read disks, CD's, DVD's. Disks that have worked, no longer work.
I have replaced the drive, updated the drivers.
If I go to control panel and delete the DVD drive, then reboot, it will then work.
Next time I start up, it will quit reading until I redelete it and reboot.

A:[SOLVED] DVD Ram Drive not reading

Go to the Device Manager. Is there a yellow mark next to the drive? then need to delete the upper and lower filters in the Registry.

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tried other DVDs and CDs but it wont read them. I did not make any hardware changes but I did stop a removable disk by mistake but it loaded back when I started up again. I dont know if it matters but when i use the DVD drive short cut that I put on my desktop it says it is looking for the DVD drive. But when I use the DVD drive icon in my Computer it says to insert a disk. When I check hardware manager it says drive is working properly. Any other suggestions

A:DVD Drive not reading DVDs

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I have a dell Dimension 5150, and somewhere in the past 2 years it stopped reading dvd's, just cd's... (i did not have access to the computer but other people did) and no one knows why... how can i get it to read/burn dvd's again?

its the original burner that came with the computer

thanks for any help.

A:DVD drive not reading dvds

Tell us everything you (or anyone else) did right before this started happening. It's almost impossible to troubleshoot any problem without this information.

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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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so this is gonna be tough to explain but here we go, I recently replaced my graphics card and my power supply, everything is plugged in correctly and the hard drive even turns on I can hear it. But it says no boot drive connected, when I go into the cmos setup it even says my hard drive is there, also the only way I can get to cmos is to reset everythinf by taking out the battery in my motherboard and unplugging my computer for a bit. I do not have a boot disk the one for my graphics card didn't work, Thanks.

A:Hard drive not reading

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I put a disc in, it makes noises, but when I go to open, it pops the tray out. It doesn't read that there is a CD inside.

A:DVD / CD ROM Drive not reading disc

Hi, Welcome to forums.

You can check if there are updates available for the drive or you can get a new DVD drive. They are cheap now a days. only 20$

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have xp home on dell computer. disk drive not reading cd's or doing anything. light comes on but thats it. thought it was roxio cd creator damaged so uninstalled and brought a new cd/dvd drive, but still nothing. I cannot download anything because I am not able to connect to internet because computer cannot read internet software or any software. I was told to update and download new drivers but I cant connect to internet and tried to download from thumb drive, but not an expert with that. can someone help me please

A:Disc drive not reading cd's

Go into the device manager and right click on the cd drive. Select uninstall. Then reboot, xp will install the drivers .

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