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Optorite DD0401 DVD +/- RW

Hello. i seem to be having troubles reading DVDs. It can burn/read CDs properly, however it cannot read/write DVDs at all. I tried upgrading/downgrading firmware but that did not work either. The system in which the DVD-RW is installed is: IBM Personal Computer (300PL) Pentium III 500MHz Windows XP professional Seagate 20GB HDD ATI Radeon 7000 Graphics Burning Software: Nero Burning Rom 6 & INCD (for packetwriting) Thanks

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  • Shion Song Nov 14, 2006

    Yes.. it is detected as a DVDRW Drive. However, the name changes to CD Drive when a DVD media is inserted but it does open and xp displays the message "Insert Disc"

  • Shion Song Nov 14, 2006

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  • Shion Song Nov 14, 2006

    Hello again. I have tried that but it still does not seem to work. There is delay when trying to open drive D with a dvd disc but eventually says that there is no disc.

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Right click My computer>Explore, and see if your dvd writer is showing as a DVD RW drive and not a CD Drive, then come back

Posted on Nov 14, 2006

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    andrew pester Nov 14, 2006

    Try My computer>properties>devicemanager>hardware tab, then click on the '+' sign on the DVD/CDROM drives line.

    Right click your DVD then click uninstall.

    Restart your pc and let Windows find it again, see if it sorts itself out.

    If it's getting on a bit try a lens cleaner also.

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    andrew pester Nov 15, 2006

    Sorry but i think maybe time for a new one.

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