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Compaq won't recognize DVD burner as lightscribe device

I installed a Ativa DH-3H20A CD-DVD burner in my Compaq Presario SR1630NX. It installed easily enough as ATAPI DVD A DH-3H20A. However, when I look at the lightscribe comtrol panel, it indicates No Lightscribe Drive Found. Can you please help me?

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  • dkipp24 Nov 23, 2008

    The jumer on the hard drive was set to cable select. I moved it to master. Upon restart, I still have No Lightscribe Drive Found in lightscribe control panel. I uninstalled the DVD burner in device manager and reinstalled. Still No Lightscribe Drive Found in lightscribe control panel.






    Snapshot of device manager:






  • dkipp24 Nov 23, 2008

    Ginko, you rock, dude! The registry change fixed it, but it did require a restart to take affect. Thank you so much!

  • dkipp24 Nov 23, 2008

    Ginko rocks! Thanks dude!!

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If the hard drive is IDe PATA, check the master/slave jumper at the back.

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    Ginko Nov 23, 2008

    If the hard drive is PATA (parallel with ribbon cable and large connector), check the master/slave jumper at the back.

    If it is SATA, (small connector) check that Sata ports are enabled in BIOS.


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    Ginko Nov 23, 2008

    You should be able to use the DVD even if not recognised by the software, this happens because:

    The Restrict CD-ROM access to locally logged on user security option is turned on.

    Try the following :

    Verify that the Restrict CD-ROM access to locally logged on user only option is not turned on.



    a. Click Start, click Run, in the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.

    b. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:



    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon



    c. In the right pane, under Data, if the value for allocatecdroms is 0, go to step 5.

    d. In the right pane, under Data, if the value for allocatecdroms is 1, right-click allocatecdroms, and then click Modify.

    e. In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.

    f. Quit Registry Editor.

    From Microsoft.


  • Ginko
    Ginko Nov 23, 2008

    SeeNo LightScribe devices w/GSA-2166D?

    Here is the microsoft article, it is for a different software, but it work the same: 330135

  • Ginko
    Ginko Nov 23, 2008

    You are welcome,

    Well done!


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