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Cd/dvd works but the r/rw won't work

I have a Dell Inpsiron1501. It will play CDs and DVDs but will not read or write anything to a blank disk. Am I missing a driver or a read/ read write program?

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  • chris dowell May 11, 2010

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If you already have a burner like Nero for example, try reinstalling the software. Most probably your burner software is corrupted.

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