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    Check a Reg setting? (XPH SP2)

    I am trying to resolve a CDRWDVD issue and I was wondering if someone with one or two optical drives could check a registry setting on their system so that I could compare with mine?

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionExplorerCD BurningDrives

    Click on the 32 character GUID for each drive, then look at the Drive Type in the right window.
    The value data should be either a type 1 or 2. ( 1=CD-R, 2=CD-RW )

    Does the DVD drive have value 1 or 2?
    Does the CD-RW 1 or 2?

    I would appreciate the feedback. Thanks.
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    Re: Check a Reg setting? (XPH SP2)

    Bob

    I have one of each (CD and DVD) and both keys:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionExplorerCD BurningDrivesVolume{340166d7-72a3-11da-8cf2-806d6172696f}
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionExplorerCD BurningDrivesVolume{340166d8-72a3-11da-8cf2-806d6172696f}

    have "Drive Type" set to 1.

    Alan

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    Re: Check a Reg setting? (XPH SP2)

    I have a simple DVD drive (not a writeable drive) and its Drive Type is set to 3.

    The Drive Type of my CD-RW drive is 2.

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    Re: Check a Reg setting? (XPH SP2)

    Same values for me, except that my DVD drive is writeable.

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    Re: Check a Reg setting? (XPH SP2)

    My new Dell came with a combo CD and DVD writer, although I've only used the DVD for playing, not recording. I've also not burned any CD-RWs, only CD-Rs. My registry setting says the drive type is 1. I don't know what the meaning of life is, let alone this technoid stuff... <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Check a Reg setting? (XPH SP2)

    Don't know what to make of these, so I'm posting the screenshots. If they are too wide for the Lounge, it's because I wanted Bob to be able to read the text and didn't shrink them to fit. Do what you need to do and if Bob can't read them he can PM me with his email address if he's curious.

    Edited by BigAl: I usually crop out as much white space as I can. Let's see if I screwed it up...
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    Re: Check a Reg setting? (XPH SP2)

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    Re: Check a Reg setting? (XPH SP2)

    OK, Thanks to Doc, AL, John, Steve and Alan for your input.
    I thought I was on to something with the drive type setting but I guess not.

    The response does seem to eliminate one of the potential problem areas though.
    I want to try one thing else and if it fails I will post back with what I think is a strange happening.
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    Re: Check a Reg setting? (XPH SP2)

    Well, That didn't work either, so here is my tale of woe.

    I have a Memorex 52maxx-3252AJ CD-RW
    and a
    Lite-On DVDRW dual layer SHW-160P6S

    I tried to use WinXP native CD burning on my CD-RW drive to copy a few JPEGs. It seemed to go through the motions of copying and burning but near the end of the process it said it could not complete the burning, please try again. I did and it created coasters of both CD-RW and CD-R disks.
    So checking around, on the drives, I went to their properties to make sure they were recognized as Recordable types and the one drive did NOT have the box checked for "enable CD recording on this drive". OK, I checked it and Applied it.
    Then I went to the other drive and saw that IT"S check box was UNTICKED now. Checked that, went to the other drive and lo and behold, now it was UNTICKED! It seems as though only ONE drive is allowed to be considered Recordable, even if the RECORD tab was available for BOTH drives?

    I now think that the Memorex drive has gone the way of most Memorex products and has retired itself. Besides no recording, it will also occasionally not allow the CD to be ejected, either manually or with the eject option by right clicking the drive icon. While the no eject is going on, the system slows down to a crawl. IF I use the paper clip opening then it restores the system speed to normal.
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    Re: Check a Reg setting? (XPH SP2)

    It seems that I found the answer to my problem ( which wasn't really a problem, just a limitation of XP )
    Only ONE Optical drive burner can be enabled at a time when using the native burning in XP.

    Found this buried in the MSKB at: 294652

    What a bunch of wasted effort went in to trying to resolve this, when it wasn't "resolvable"! &@#!! <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0>
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