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Hp dvd 740

I put in a disk, and the drive doesn't even read it, or see that it's there. I believe the disks I'm trying to use are of the "DVD+R" type. This drive supports both types, and I've used this exact make and model of disk before with no problems. When I fire up Nero to burn an ISO, or anything else to the disk, it won't let me continue to the burn process, because there's not any blank media in the drive...or so it thinks. My OS: Windows XP Home Service Pack 2.

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I had the same problem. I went to the computer store and bought me a new IDE cable. As I was removing the old one, I discovered it was half way disconnected. It fixed part of the problem. The other problem I'm having now is slow burn in time. About in the 5000 min range.

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I was about to say something BT I stopped and did a google search on your DVD. The results were vast but I think what they meant was to buy the correct DVD.......and not use any other one have a look I got confused....

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I have a HP 740 dvd drive.I put in blank dvd-r or rw and it wont read...also I put in rw with data already on wont read??

rjgelect --

Have you tried cleaning your optics lately? Especially if you have burned alot of disks in the past, this is a common problem... try using a cotton swab with a LIGHT amount of rubbing alcohol, "rolling" GENTLY across the lens while rotating the swab in the opposite direction you are cleaning... should do the trick :) Also, use the other end of the swab to clean around the tray itself (try avoid using an aerosol can/spray, as this will just blow dust into the unit, which just prolongs the inevitable "dust on the lens" issue.

If this doesn't work, please post a comment to this thread, and I will be happy to assist you further!

Hope this helps!

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My hp lap top want reconize my cd/dvd drive. when i load a cd it says the drive is empty.

have you tried to use different kind of MEDIA like a regular software cd from a printer, web cam, game etc just to test, a music cd, a mp3 cd, a dvd movie, see if any type works.

you may have a cd drive and you are trying to use a dvd disk !! . unusual but posible..

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Device- SONY CD-RW CRX320EE It is detected by the OS(Xp-64bit). Device Status- working properly. Disks(any type) when inserted not detected . More over i can access the drive when i double click it even...

make sure it is not a DVD disk you are trying to insert into your Drive because your Drive is a CD-RW will not read DVD nor burn onto it.

Your disk may be damaged or corrupt and the drive cannot read it.
your drive may need a firmware update from Sony.
use this link below to access Sony's website to download drivers.
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Cant install program from DVD drive GWA-4164b

First check that your system meets the minimum you have at least 512mb of ram, CPU of at least 2Ghz Pentium4 or equivalent(with off-board video), and your hard drive has >4GB of free space.....can view full list at:
Is SPORE on a duel layer dvd? If your drive is on the older side, you might try a newer one or you can try the following:
--take out an empty flash drive with
--go to a computer that will read the disk...if you have another computer or u can use someone elses
--put the disk in their computer and if the computer is able to read the disk, then put your flash drive in the computer and copy the disk onto your flash drive...
-y-ou can now try to install the program from your flash drive instead of using the disk...
NOTE: Trying this method wont cause any damage, but if the disk is encripted or if the install software is set to check for the disk during installation, then this may not work, but is worth trying since because a) even if it doesn't work, no harm is done, and b) you wont need to replace your disk drive if it does work.

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Dvd-rw drive malfunctioning

Please Check :-
1) Whether U R using the Proper NERO. I want to mean, try installing the NERO which was provided with the DVD-RW+ Drive.
2) Check whether there is a Firmware Upgrade available for your DVD-RW+ Drive with the help of provided CD/DVD and a compatible Software.

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HD DVD 740 will not write

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HP dvd 740 doesn't recognize when blank discs are put in

Check IDE cable connection. You might need a new IDE cable. I had the same problem, until I did the aformentioned. Hope this helps.

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DVD R burnt by pioneer drive couldn't be read by itself.

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.

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Reads all but DVD-Help PLEASE

When you say it won?t read are you trying to play commercial DVD movies or read DVD data disks? If you're trying to play movies then you need a couple of things the first being some type of player program. Real player works as does Windows media player but usually DVD drives come with a striped down version of PowerDVD or WinDVD. If you in fact have a player installed and when a DVD is inserted in your drive it doesn't play it may not be configured to automatically play DVDs. Try opening your player program and trying to manually play your DVD. Let us know if you have any success or if you need more assisted. If you do let us know what player program and operating system you have and any error messages that may appear.

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