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Writing/Erasing CDs in Windows XP without any Software

1) Insert CD/DVD disc you would like to erase into the CD/DVD drive
2) Start My Computer
3) Double-click on the CD-Rom drive to open disc.




4) Click Erase this CD-RW on the left panel



4) Click next at the (CD Writing Wizard) screen



5) The CD Writing Wizard will appear



6) Click Finish

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get insert disc into drive D when the disc is in reads CD;s but not DVD's


Method 1 :

If your drive reads cd's, but not dvd's That indicates that the hardware works fine. You will need to edit the registry inorder to fix this problem.

1) click the start menu
2) click on "run"
3) type "regedit" and click ok
4) go to string key "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
5) delete "upper filters" and "lower filters in the right side window.
6) right click my computer in the start menu.
7) click properties
8) go to the hardware tab
9) click device manager
10) expand the dvd/cdrom drives
11) right click the dvd rom and click uninstall
12) restart computer 

after restarting, windows should automatically install a clean ROM drive and it should read DVDs just fine if you have the correct DVD decoders.

check if it works fine or else Try Method 2.

Method 2 : Just go the link below

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&os=WW1&osl=en&catid=&impid=&SystemID=INS_PNT_PM_1720

and select the Operating system and double click on "CD/DVD"

and download the firmware updates according to your CD-DVD drive Comapny and installed it.

Most probably it will solve your Problem.

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Jan 03, 2010 | Microsoft Inspiron Notebook

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I want to install Microsoft office programs. same as word, excell etc....


Hi here's my take on this:
1. Make sure you have the disc of Microsoft office programs.
2. insert it in the cd/dvd rom.
3. double click on my computer.
4. double click on the drive letter that represents your cd/dvd drive.
5. look for setup.exe file. then double click
6. installation window will prompt. from here just follow the instructions on the window that will appear.

hope this helps.
thank you so much.
Rhomel V. Datuin
ISD- Verizonbusiness

Jun 06, 2009 | Toshiba Computers & Internet

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cd drive showing instead cd-rw/dvd drive


Step 1: Unplug any cables that are connected loadTOCNode(3, 'moreinformation'); a. Unplug any cables that are connected to the video outputs of the computer. b. Try to read the disc again. c. If you still experience problems with the disc, go to step 2.
Step 2: Update the DVD driver loadTOCNode(3, 'moreinformation'); a. Contact the manufacturer of the DVD Drive to obtain an updated driver for the DVD drive, and then follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install the driver. b. Try to read the disc again. c. If you still experience problems with the disc, go to step 3.
Step 3: Obtain a hardware-based DVD decoder or software-based DVD decoder loadTOCNode(3, 'moreinformation'); a. Contact the manufacturer of the DVD Drive to obtain a hardware-based DVD decoder or software-based DVD decoder, and then follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install the decoder.

Note Many video adapters help decode DVD discs. However, the video adapter may not fully decode a DVD movie. b. Try to read the disc again. c. If you still experience problems with the disc, make sure that the sound card in the computer is compatible with the DVD drive.

Note Hardware and software decoders usually need a sound card to play back DVD movies. d. Try to read the disc again. e. If you still experience problems with the disc, contact the manufacturer to obtain a new disc. .
Remove Duplicate Drives loadTOCNode(2, 'moreinformation'); Remove any duplicate CD-ROM or DVD drives being loaded by Windows. To do this: 1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel. 2. Double-click System. 3. On the Device Manager tab, click View Devices By Type. 4. Double-click the CDROM or DVD branch to expand it. 5. Note the properties for each device listed in the branch. To do this: a. Click a device, and then click Properties. b. Click each tab in the device properties dialog box, and then record the device information and settings. c. Click OK. 6. Click OK, and then close Control Panel. 7. Restart Windows in Safe mode. To do this, use the appropriate method for your version of Microsoft Windows.

Aug 02, 2008 | Samsung (SHM522CBEWN) CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo...

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DVD works but not regular CD ROM


try frimware update for it from site ok pioneer.com ok

Feb 07, 2008 | Pioneer DVR-110D DVD RW Dual Layer Burner

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