DVD/CD-R/W wants to "format blank (not really blank) discs.
I have new emachines computer. It runs on vista. This is the first problem I've had. For some reason, when I insert a CD Rom or music CD, it doesn't automatically open and play, infact it won't open even when I tell it too. Every disc inserted into it will prompt with "Format this Blank disc?" I have only had this comp for a couple months and is under warranty. I'd hope to fix it myself though, cause taking it back is a hassle. Any ideas? I'm not very computer literate. If you do know and want to help, explain the solution as if I were your grumpy ole grampa.
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You don't have to. DVD's and CD's are already formatted from factory. But if you are having problems to record on (burn) them probably your computer is not capable for DVD burn, just CD's. But if it is equipped for burning then try this: See also
Before you can copy files to a CD or DVD, the disc must first be prepared using a process called formatting. There are several ways to format a CD or DVD disc. Your choice of format determines which computers and other devices will be able to read the disc.
Insert a disc into your computer's CD or DVD drive.
In the dialog box that appears, click Burn files to disc.
In the Burn a disc dialog box, type a name for your new disc.
Click Show formatting options, and then click one of the following formatting options:
Live File System
Click Next to prepare the disc.
Now you can copy files to your disc using whichever method you selected.
windows recovery F11 button i think. that will reformat your drive and re install vista as new. or if you' ve made a recovery disc this will do as well load disc, go into bios F2 and make cd/dvd rom first boot save and exit reboot. hope this helps.
Insert the Vista disc into the cd-rom drive. re-boot the computer. It should ask "boot from cd press any key" at that point press any key. When it boots up it you want to pick install windows and pick new installation. Doing this will erase the old files and do a fresh installation. Sometimes computers like Dell have a set of cd-roms to do this and the process is a little bit different. If you cannot get the cd-rom to boot like I stated above then you can go into the computer BIOS and change the boot sequence so the cd-rom drive is first. Or you can run the cd-rom from windows and pick new installation.
These discs that are written on other systems, were they finalized or are they multi-sessions discs that have been left open? Some drives have difficulty dealing with multi-session discs created by other drives. By telling it it is OK to format the CD, it is writing a new TOC (Table of Contents) that is blank since it did not see anything on the disc previously (so it didn't know there was anything to carry over from previous sessions). Now all other drives that try to read this disc are now reading an empty TOC and figure it is a blank CD.
You can try writing a disc on another computer and making sure it finalizes it, then try reading it with your laptop. You can also try to burn data to a CD on your laptop making sure the disc is finalized and try to read it on another computer to verify these suspicions.
I have seen this same thing on a laptop. DVD drives use two lasers. One for CD and one for DVD. As you noted CDs are just fine and so is that laser. Although I believe the DVD laser is intermittent. And it will work with some DVDs and not others. Yes I have seen this before. What will probably happen a few months down the road is it will stop reading all DVDs.
It isn't economical to replace the failing laser. It is far cheaper to just replace the whole DVD drive. Lasers are like light bulbs. Some seem to last forever and some seems to burn out right away. Generic DVD replacements will generally work, although the face plate might not fit.
Another option is to get an external DVD that plugs into the USB port. And those Slimline models are really small (same size as laptop CD/DVD drives) and you can use them on other computers too.