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It Sounds like the read lens on your CD/DVD Writer may be dirty or faulty giving a false reading.
Depending on whether your drive ejects in a manner allowing you to see the lens or if the lens stays internal there are a couple of differnt ways to clean it.
If it stays internal you need to get one of those cleaner CDs that will give you directions on how to use it.
If you can see the lens you can get by with a couple of (Qtips) cotton swabs and some Isopropl alcohol. dip one end in the alcohol and squeeze out any excess, open the drive so you can see the lens, disconnect the power source (safety first) wipe the lens in a circular motion, no need for alot of pressure just wipe. After you've covered the whole lens use the dry end to dry off the lens. Give it a minute or 2 to dry completely then reapply power and check to see if it works now.
If this fails try to see if it reads a disc you know has data on it. Verify that you are using media that is compatible with the drive. Some can use CD -R, or CD +R, or CD -RW or CD+RW
If still no luck you likely have a damaged drive that needs to be repaired or replaced
Hope this helpS
Posted on Nov 07, 2008
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The Dell Inspiron 531 is a desktop personal computer with a Microsoft Windows operating system. An Inspiron equipped with a CD burner can be used to record audio discs using Windows Media Player, which comes installed on the Inspiron as a standard part of the software package Dell loads onto its computers. Blank, recordable discs and pre-recorded audio CDs are the only supplies needed for the project.
Read more: How to Burn Audio CDs With Dell Inspiron 531 ' eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_6210098_burn-cds-dell-inspiron-531.html#ixzz1XyrRh8L7
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