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  posted on 12/4/2007 at 06:23 PM
Here's the deal:

My two year old external burner won't recognize blank cds for burning.

It handles DVDs just fine.

It plays cds fine.

It just doesn't "see" the blank cd to burn, it keeps telling me there is no disc in the bay, or the disc isn't blank.


It was just doing that to TY's, now it's every brand.

 

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  posted on 12/4/2007 at 06:31 PM
Have you burned many CD's in the past two years? :-)

When it finally went, my internal drive stopped recognizing certain brands of DVDs, and eventually all brands. The CD-ROM part of the drive still works fine and I still can burn CDs... albeit with flaws. I'm no computer tech but it sounds like it's time for a new one.




 

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  posted on 12/4/2007 at 06:35 PM
I was hoping to find a quick fix.

I'm glad my old stand alone SONY is still marching along.

Now that's a unit that has burned a few thousand shows.

Then again, so has this one.

 

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  posted on 12/4/2007 at 06:41 PM
Maybe you could try re-installing the drivers that came with it, or searching for an updated driver online??

I don't know if that would do much. Never hurts to try.




 

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  posted on 12/4/2007 at 06:42 PM
Oh yeah, Sony rules!!


 

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  posted on 12/4/2007 at 07:26 PM
I think it's come from mechanical problem. Did you try lens cleaner for CD drive yet?
Sometimes it recovers detection of CD or so.

 

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  posted on 12/4/2007 at 07:32 PM
I have to agree with Sean it may be a corrupted driver. It may also have something to do with your burning software, have you installed any programs lately that may be conflicting with it? I had a problem once, where the entire drive wasn't recognized, and a hard reboot fixed it.
 

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  posted on 12/4/2007 at 07:48 PM
I agree with MasahikoYamaura. a dirty lens or laser will cause it to detect cd's but not DVD's or neither. Unfortunately it's tough to get at the laser/lens with a Q-tip. And sometimes drive cleaners won't spin. Try one of those cans of air with the spray nozzle type thingy. proper name eludes me. Or maybe you could try flashing the drive. If the driver fix don't work.

http://www.pcanswers.co.uk/tutorials/default.asp?pagetypeid=2&articleid =34713&subsectionid=606

Or it might be worn out.

Here's more info on firmware updates/flashing an optical drive.

http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=755644

And more info.

http://www.smartcomputing.com/editorial/article.asp?article=articles%2F2003 %2Fs1409%2F10s09%2F10s09.asp

[Edited on 12/5/2007 by punknseed]

 

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  posted on 12/4/2007 at 08:47 PM
Maybe compressed air is a good idea if nothing else works.

I'm pretty sure one of those cleaner CDs damaged my computer drive initially. I'd be cautious with them.


 

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  posted on 12/4/2007 at 10:29 PM
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I have to agree with Sean it may be a corrupted driver. It may also have something to do with your burning software, have you installed any programs lately that may be conflicting with it? I had a problem once, where the entire drive wasn't recognized, and a hard reboot fixed it.


Same old Nero.

Like I said, it will play cds, but not burn.

I'll try the cleaner in the morning, the disc is in my car.

 

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