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I bought Vista. (That probably says it all)

I bought Vista ultimate. My computer met the speed, ram, and storage requirements. I Backed up my files. Then formatted the computer's 2 IDE drives. Borrowed a dvdr. Vista didn't recognize it. (a Nec DV5500A) Tried to re-install XP. It hangs. Was able to install win 2000, but only 16 colors and no internet access. I'm doing this from another computer.
So, now I need a dvdr to install Vista. How do I tell what dvdr is compatible with my computer?
In hardware devices my computer shows:
SiS PCI IDE ctrler
Also, I don't know about the graphics card. How can I have win 2000 detect it so that I can see if I need to buy a graphics card? Thank you.

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I am definitely not an expert but even I know no one likes Vista and these days it is frowned on even more as the support for it has been withdrawn.

Windows 2000 is now too old to be of any practical use online. XP is old and limited but is still very popular because it is quite good and it suits most of the people most of the time. I use it myself. I am using it now. In some ways it is superior to Windows 7 that is on my downstairs computer.

I have a friend who is a real computer boffin and he has completely finished with Windows and now uses Linux. He says it is superior in almost every way...

If your graphics was ok before you began your exercise you should not need to buy another. I have just had the same trouble. After loading XP on my work computer I had only 13 colours and most of the device manager was inoperative, effectively preventing me doing anything about it. In this case I believe there was a fault somewhere on the motherboard because not wanting to fiddle around with it I swapped the hard drive into another computer and reloaded XP with no trouble.

I have had trouble in the past. I don't know definitely what was wrong all of the time but a couple of times the systems disc was defective and other times I believe the dvdr wasn't reading the disc very well and once the hard drive was bad. Other times computers haven't worked as expected simply because the bios battery was discharged.

I know my limitations and I am fairly confident if the motherboard and power supply are good, then by fiddling around with the dvdr or changing it for one of the many others I have accumulated, by fiddling around with the systems discs and so forth, they usually eventually work as intended and if they don't it is because there is a motherboard fault I know nothing about and I junk it and move onto the next. The stuff I am working with is around 15 years old and most electronic gear is expected to become tired and develop faults after that time. We wouldn't blame a tv, hi-fi or something for failing after even 10 years so why do we think computers are any different...

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you might have to uninstall both the dvd/cd + its drivers then reinstall them actually unplug the cd/dvd from its power cable then restart your computer plug it back in your computer should activate found new hardware or
control panel admistrive tools,computer management,device manager scroll down cd dvd rom drives right click you can you can update driver,roll back driver,or select properties general troubleshoot, select driver click to reinstall drivers click update driver or uninstall then reinstall
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SOURCE: I purchased LG SATA DVD

> unable to read any CD or DVD. Its detected in device manager but cant ready media.
Can you hear it "spinning" the media? If not, you have a "defective" unit (motors or bearings).
If it spins, but nothing is read, then you have a "defective" unit (dead laser).
Take it back to where you bought it, and get them to test it, to prove that it is "bad", and then for them to replace it.

> in Hardware details it shows HL-DT-ST DVD RAM GH24NS50 SCSI CDROM Device.
Normal for most SATA devices.
> it shows as HT-DT-ST CD-RW GCE-8526B ATA device.
Perfectly normal.

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