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Re: the writing head on my cd burner needs to be replaced
You can probably do it yourself but if it is a software issue then replacing the hardware will not fix it... There is a cd-rom registry fix as well as DMA Reset VBS file... DMAReset.vbs is probably what you want if you have a software issue. If you want to replace your Burner anyways you will want to take off the side and unplug the ribbon (IDE) cable and power to the device you are disconnecting... Once you remove all the screws you will either have enough room to slide the device backwards in through the inside of the PC or you will have to take the face of the PC off and slide out the front... Hopefully you don't have to take off the face of it...Good Luck!
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First I would make sure your using the right media, sometimes when you purchase a 50/100 pack of DVD-R you will find a couple dead disks that the drive wont recognize.
Second I would make sure you have an easy to use burning program installed, either Roxio or Nero are my personal fan favorites. Both of these work like a charm and have a simple interface.
Third if your drive isnt even detecting that it is a DVD Burner then go to control panel / add/remove hardware and look (about midway down) through the list for your disk drive. Un-install and re-install the drivers for it. It should automatically install without having to download the drivers but if you go to www.hp.com/support and click on DOWNLOAD then you can find hardware specific drivers for your unit.
Fourth you may need to replace the drive. If none of the above work then we have determined that it is not a software issue with the device. Its easy to find cheap replacement drives for the unit simple go to www.sparepartswarehouse.com I live by it and its a great site to find n e thing you need!
dvd roms have read and write heads different for cd and dvd. so please use a software like nero and click on drive properties if it cant read a dvd it means the head has to be cleaned or replaced. the replacement is done by chip level repairers for about 20 dollars usd.
You need to try a commercial cd of any kind. You just want to see if it reads the cd. Then you want to try a dvd and see if it reads that. If it reads the cd but has trouble with the dvd then the heads are out of alignment. It might still write a cd but not be able to write a dvd as that require more accuracy and it doesn't have it anymore.
You may still be able to use the drive but you will have to replace it. The symptoms you describe are typical of the driver going out of alignment so I would say you are heading for replacement sooner or later.
These are not cost effective to repair anymore so all you can do is replace them. Unless you can get it replaced under warranty you can replace it for under $50 at any local computer store.
os should of recognised it and installed it..maybe it installed as generic and isnt suitable.
click start , right click my computer , click properties.....In system properties screen click hardware then device manager.
here youll find youre cd/dvd device.double click on it to open and display details/driver etc.click driver heading then update...app opens giving options choose use internet.
if it cant find software check the cd/dvd name/model ( in properties still open) write it down and search on net for it....download it install it
Unfortunately seen this B4.. the laser diode in ya CD Burning head s faulted.. but ya DVD, that's separate, is OK.. This is a common problem.
There is no fix, only way to remedy,the problem is replacement.
It says that it's a CD-RW drive- a CD-RW drive can't read/write DVD's, you need a DVD drive.
You can pick one up for rather cheap from several online retailers -