I inherited this Dell Inspirion Windows XP Home Edition .ca 2005 after my my much better HP Compaq XP Pro Edition was burgled, earlier this year. This one reads CDs just fine but can't read any kind of DVD. I keep trying to find a place to download a proper driver. Someone on another e-list claimed that Windows XP installs the proper driver, but this does not seem to be the case.
DVD's show up in the file system with empty folders, so clearly the DVD is being "seen." The only .sys file in system32\drivers is cdrom.sys. Anyone know where I can get the right one?
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Should be IDE cable...IDE interface according to the specs. You computer has IDE connections so the drive should work.
HP DVD1040i Lightscribe 20X DVD Burner/Black/Retail
Mfr Part #
Internal DVD ±R/±RW drive with DVD±R up to 20X, double-layer recording, DVD-RAM, and LightScribe direct disc labeling
Most likely your CD-DVD burning software is corrupted. When that happens, the machine doesn't recognize the existence of the CD/DVD hardware. Clean up your machine, defrag, run a freeware registry cleaer-defragmenter (see C-net for a good one). Then Reinstall/upgrade your burning software (the Windows XP software is not sufficient) either from HP/Compaq, if it came with your machine, or the program website if you purchased it separately. You may find out which it is by using a marvelous freeware program called Belarc advisor.