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    Unhappy DVD drive not recognizing media

    I have two DVD R/W drives and one drive is not recognizing CD's or DVD's blank or previously recorded disks. My O/S is Windows 7.

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    Junk1t,

    Try going into Device Manager and deleting the drive. Then reboot and let Windows rediscover the drive. I often have this problem with one of my machines after doing Windows update and this procedure always fixes it. HTH
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    Also, see if the infamous upper/lower filters problem is not the issue:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314060

    Jerry

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    If someone wants to try the "Take out Filters" fix, here it is, in easy to download form.
    https://app.box.com/s/uqrsvto6c4t4cecis7ya

    This little script has repaired many a PC for me, where the CD/DVD drive had seemed to just disappear.
    Run the script and then reboot. It only takes a few seconds and chances are real good that the problem will be fixed.

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    There's also a "fixit" at the Microsoft site in the link I gave above.

    Jerry

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    Had the same problem when I installed a second DVD R/W. After some time trying to get it to work, removed it and replaced it with a DVD read only.
    No more problems. XP would not handle 2 R/Ws.

    Fooman

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    DVD drives burn out lasers too. I've had drives that work with CDs, but not DVDs. The only thing you can do is change the drive...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fooman View Post
    Had the same problem when I installed a second DVD R/W. After some time trying to get it to work, removed it and replaced it with a DVD read only.
    No more problems. XP would not handle 2 R/Ws.

    Fooman
    Where did that come from? My PC, running XP-Pro-SP3, handles two DVD R/W drives, just fine.
    No problemo amigo!

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    Yep. If you've got a laptop, I highly recommend DiscountedLaptopParts.com A used H-P CD/DVD R/W cost me $12.20 post paid, installed in 30 seconds, and worked perfectly, both CD and DVD, R and W! Likewise, a used keyboard was $8.28ppd, installed in less than 5 minutes, looked virtually unused, and functioned perfectly. (H-P has detailed service manuals on line, to show you what to do.) One very inexpensive repair job!

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    I had a problem once with an IDE DVD drive. In fact, I tried a couple of different IDE DVD drives; all had problems. I then went with a SATA DVD drive, and it's been working now for a couple of years.

    If the bad drive is IDE, try a SATA drive to see if the problem goes away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Spafford View Post
    Yep. If you've got a laptop, I highly recommend DiscountedLaptopParts.com A used H-P CD/DVD R/W cost me $12.20 post paid, installed in 30 seconds, and worked perfectly, both CD and DVD, R and W! Likewise, a used keyboard was $8.28ppd, installed in less than 5 minutes, looked virtually unused, and functioned perfectly. (H-P has detailed service manuals on line, to show you what to do.) One very inexpensive repair job!
    This is a great website! I wish I had known about this several years ago, when I broke the keyboard connector on my wife's laptop motherboard.

    My solution was to get a Targus foldup USB keyboard that she could carry around in her laptop carrying case. Cost was $50.

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