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I have just installed a E-IDE CD/DVD 20x DVD writer. I have put the nero 7 essentials software into the drive and the light comes on on the unit but it will not read any disc and the computer does not appear to know it's there, even when it searches for hardware?

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Check the connections are properly given and Goto the BIOS settings and make sure your DVD writer is enabled. Now check whether your DVD writer is enabled in divice manager.

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