Question about LG GMA-4020B Super-Multi DVD-RAM/R/RW&CD-R/RW Writer, Original Retail (DVDRRW4020B) Burner
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.
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an expert but even I know no one likes Vista and these days it is frowned on even more as the support for it has been withdrawn.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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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
strange, i did what you said and just unplugged it and waiting a minute and plugged it back in and it recognized it fine, :) strange but whatever works right?
Posted on Jan 10, 2008
I am using a Lenovo Y500 laptop with Matashita drive. When i insert a CD the autorun shows it as "Blank CD". Also the drive is not able to write on recordable media.
Posted on Oct 23, 2008
You got a bad laser in the drive not the laser the reads the laser that writes and this does generally happen when a dvd ram drive goes. Recommend buying a new drive as a replacment laser is upwards of $90 bucks, thanks for using fixya please do accept and rate.
Posted on Aug 18, 2009
SOURCE: my pc doesnt detect my
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
hope this helps
Posted on Oct 31, 2010
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.
Posted on Feb 21, 2011
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