I have an RCA DRC8300N with a dvd that is illiterate (can't read or write :-) wondered if it was worth replacing the drive- if so, what drive do I use and how do I get the right software (if needed) to get it to run corectly. I bought the unit used and so I have no documentation or discs orig to the product.
I replaced an HD on my tivo succesfully, but it was pre formatted by Weaknees!
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If your drive is truly just a ROM drive, then all it can do is read. Most systems today ship with DVD-RW drives, but yours might be read-only. Some systems came with combo drives that would burn CDs but only read DVDs. If you find you can burn files onto CD but not DVD, that could be why.
If your system has a DVD-RW drive, it's not unusual for them to develop the strange problem that they can burn one type of disc but not the other. This is because of the optical system, which is like two systems in one package to handle the two kinds of media.
If the drive has been working properly and now just won't burn at all, make sure you have the settings correct in whatever burning software. Then replace the drive. New drives are so inexpensive now that if they stop working it's not worth any effort to try fixing them.
You don't give any details about the problem it's having, so here are some common things.
If the drive is not operating at all (tray doesn't move or try to move when you press the button), check the power connector on the rear of the drive. These sometimes work loose and the drive gets no power.
If the tray won't slide out but you hear it trying to open, it's usually because the small drive belt inside is slipping. While replacements can be found, it's faster and probably cheaper to replace the drive. The cost of the belt and the time spent to change it just isn't worth it. New drives are inexpensive.
If the drive doesn't detect discs or has intermittent read problems, it's probably a weak or misaligned laser. Someone on this site has a tip (can't remember who, but you can search for it) on how to try adjusting the laser power. Again, you're probably better off just replacing the drive. Even if tinkering with the power gets it reading again for a while, the drive will still need replacement at some time.
Laptop Optiarc DVD RW AD 7530 B is not reading CD or DVD media.
1.DVD icon displayed in My Computer. 2.When I insert DVD or Cd in the drive,Green light flashes and tries to read the nedia and goes off within few seconds. 3.DVD drive in My Computer when clicked shows empty folder 4.Uninstalled DVD drivers in Device Manager and let windows find it on reboot 5.Issue still persists. 6.Right now external DVD RW works perfect.
Is this a Combi-Drive. they read and write CDs but only read DVDs.
Try it on another IDE connector, or change the jumper setting on the back to Master Or Slave.
If you are using Nero or similar, view the drives capabilities, and the formats of read/write that the device supports.
Mike @ Compurepair.
If there were compatability issues with the disc it would have been unable to burn to the dvd initially, the problems you mention are a sign that the reading in the dvd is failing and there's never a solution for problems as these, as it means that a replacement is needed, as the dvd writer arent worth repairing.
I had the same thing exactly, but after a while it wouldnt even acknowledge that i had a writable dvd in the drive, but was ok with cd's.
I think it is down to poor quality lasers, so as to keep the dvd writer prices down.