Hi, i have a toshiba satellite pro laptop running windows vista business, my dvd drive always asks me to format a disk when i put it in however i know these disks have files on. any ideas? greatful for any help.
I have the hl-dt-st dvdram gma-4082n dvd/cd burner and my driver is corrupted.I have uninstalled the device numerous times and it alway results in the same result.The system adds it when I use add new hardware but when you go to my computer the drive is not listed.Please i need this drive to be working!Can anyone help me out?
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backup whatever information you have and run the system recovery through the disks you received when you purchased the computer. If you can perform the recovery then you know the hardware is fine and that you were experiencing software corruption.
Check the drive itself and see if it isn't loose in the carriage. Make sure the screw that holds it in place isnt loose or missing. Try this as a test: shut down the laptop. Press and hold the faceplate of the drive. While holding the faceplate, turn on the laptop. See if Windows detects the device again. If not (while still pressing on the faceplate) go to Device Manager and see if Windows sees the drive again. The above trick you used is in case a CD burning program was improperly updated or uninstalled and it damaged the identifying drive filters. Each of those entries has more than one set of reg entries in the keyset. Make sure youre looking for the one for the CD/DVD drive. DO NOT DELETE entries for any other devices!!!
The DVD -R +R means that you can read these types of DVDs that have been created elsewhere, it doesn't mean you can write to your DVD under the format of -R or +R. The CD is a CDRW which means you can read and write to CDs.
I don't think that a factory Satellite P100 has the ability to write to either DVD -R or +R, but to only CDs. I have a P200 that has a DVD -R +R/CDRW and it can't write DVDs. These DVDs you put in are for read only. My Toshiba A215 can but it's a DVDRW/CDRW.
First thing I would do is go to My Computer or just Computer (under Vista) and see if drive exists. If it does show up it could be dirty and needs cleaning. If this doesn't help replace the drive. If it doesn't exist, Widows didn't see the drive at all and you need to pull it out and verify connections and possibly clean the connectors on DVD player. Plug it back in and Windows should say new drive found, if it doesn't I'd replace it.