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DVD Writer I have a SONY Model No DW Q30A DVD writer. It has suddenly stopped reading CD ROMs but reads DVD. Can you help me as to why it occurs and How to remedy it? I am using NERO 7 for reading / burning CD/DVD? Using AVAST anti virus on my Computer. Motherboard is INTEL 945 GNT with Pentium D 2.8 GHz Processor. Gursengr

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You can firstly try this:- Go to my computer>properties>hardware>device manager and look down the list for your cd/dvd drives and click the '+' sign then highlight your dvd drive and right click to delete. Restart the pc and windows will find the drive again automatically and install the drivers. But it may well be that your laser will need re aligning and cleaning with a cd cleaner, but if still no change the laser is on it's way out, I am lead to believe some burners have dual lasers for dvd and cd

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