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DVD RAM HN55 not working

DVD RAM drive does not read any re written CD. It reads only the CDs which are company provided.

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    My computer cann't find H55N



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Double check with the manufacturer to see if they have a new firmware update. Try their website.

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I am sorry to say that your best bet is to buy a new DVD drive. Make sure there is a return policy. MicroCenter has been good to me.

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