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Re: no dvd reader what can i do to solve it
Your machine can support just about any IDE dvd rom or combo. When replacing the cd drive just make sure that the jumper on the back of the new drive matches the jumper setting on the back of the old one (master/slave/cs). The diagram for the jumpers should be on the top of the drive.
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Looking at the image of the machine; the DVD drive is a vertically loaded slot.
replacing the DVD reader/writer with a Blue Ray one... not entirely sure if it's possible without advice from the manufacturer (contact them to be 100% sure).
because of the physical dimentions of the screen; the DVD drive will be a laptop dvd drive not a normal desktop one.... so you could hunt online for a slot loaded Blue ray drive for a laptop... but again no guarantee without manufacturers confirmation.
most machines past 2005 have SATA connections inside for the optical drives; but also confirm this before spending money.
The problem is most likely that you do not have a DVD reader installed in your PC. If you look on the front of you cd-rom it will say DVD if it can read DVD's. Most stores will not give you a refund for software that has already been opened. It is fairly easy and inexpensive to install a DVD reader in your PC, probably in the range of $30.00 to $60.00 depending on the brand you purchase. I would go ahead and purchase and install the DVD reader since more and more games and other software is now being put on DVD's.
I assume you're running a version of Windows (XP, Vista or 7). Remove any memory cards from readers and any floppy, CD or DVD from drives; if present.
Check the BIOS page during start up for changed boot device order changes. Usually you get to the BIOS page by pressing the DEL key, Ctrl + Esc keys (or some other combination depending on your computer) as the machine is powering up. Locate and set the Boot Device order to reflect the boot drive (likely "C") to be the first boot device. Save the changes and restart.
If it still can't start, you may have corrupted data on the boot drive. You should create a boot disk on CD or DVD on another computer that runs the same Windows that this machine has to see if the hard drive is readable. You should also see if your computer has a restore partition or if you made and kept restore CDs or DVDs - you should find them for possible use. We'll dive into that if the first part of this doesn't get you going
though. In any case, if the boot drive has usable data but won't boot - we'll try to get your files off before reinstalling the OS or restore program.
You dont have to get the generic one that come with it, it just looks better as its suited to the fascia of the computer. I have looked for a price but it all i can find out is that it needs to be reurned to hp here in australia. it may be different in usa or somewhere else.
It's impossible to make it region free but you get a limited amount of region changes. Open My Computer, right-click on your DVD reader, go to Properties. There go to the hardware tab, double-click on your DVD, it will open a new window. There you have a tab named DVD Region, in it you see how many changes you have and you can pick a country/region to use.
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.
A dvd is burned the same way you burn a cd. Gather the data you wish to burn, then open your software, drag the data in there and press the burn button. Often you will find Nero or Roxio software installed on your machine, you can also use Windows Media Player.
hello melo21,this is nichu,
can you tell me the manufacturer name
of your DVD writer or reader. some times this problem persists if the discs u ae installing are not of good quality or else the lens of your DVD writer or reader might be a bit older resulting in poor reading capability of your DVD writer or reader .
alwas avoid inserting scratched discs which results a longlasting duration for your DVD writer or reader. take care