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Re: i cannot copy pics or text to dvd
Assuming you have a DVD writer installed and functioning in your computer, check the format of your dvds. If you have a writer that uses dvd-rw it may not recognize dvd+r discs. Your label on the dvd package should have the disc format and your documentation for the writer should say what formats will work in the writer.
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Try going to safe mode. Restart your computer and tap f8. Use the arrow key to highlight safe mode, and once you are inside safe mode. Try running the dvd or insert the sd card. If it runs well, then install RadarSync or any automatic PC updater then update the drivers. You can also manually update them by going to the website of your computer's manufacturer. Look for support and download.
After 8 years you will probably need a new one. You could try cleaning it with a cleaning disc, or a dry air blower. But as they only cost about 15 GBP for a DVD re-writer, isn't it time you came up to date?
Check if the dvd drive has not been disabled in device manager.
Click on start->run->type devmgmt.msc you will get the device manager windows under disk drives check for the dvd drive and if its not disabled.
insert an unfolded paperclip or similar object into the little hole on the front of your cd rom drive to manually open it, insert a cleaning cd. if this doe snot rectify your problem check and original software disk (not a copy) and if its still not being recognised then replace the drive.
it's possible that the CDROM drive is bad. Since it's an IDE device, it would be easy to replace. Simply get another DVD-RW device (might as well upgrade!) and open the case. Needless to say, you want the machine off for this process.
Open the case, disconnect the power and data cables from the back of the CDROM. Unscrew the holding screws and slide out the drive. Replace the drive with the DVD-RW, line it up and replace the screws. Then connect the data and power cables...be careful with the data cable to make sure that you don't "miss" a row of pins.
Put the case back together and turn on the machine. XP should automatically recognize the drive.
Laser failure is very common on CD and DVD players/recorders, they are very easy to change and very inexpensive these days.
I keep three or four of this one on the shelf in my workshop all the time. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106226
The beauty of this one is that it comes with both a black and a beige bezel to suit most machines, it is also a "retail" version so it comes with burning and playback software, not all burning software will recognize all burners and often people phone me up asking why the new burner they have bought (OEM) will not burn, infact their burning software cannot even recognize their new burner.
Also some burners do not recognize all makes of CD and DVD disks, I have yet to come accross a make of disk that that Liteon doesn't burn with no problems.
You can only copy files to a blank disk by using programs like NERO or by using a re-writeable disk like DVD-RW which you can format and use it like a hard drive. You need also burner not an ordinary DVD or CD player.