I have just installed a new DVD drive in my computer. It was sent from overseas with no instructions, works great reading DVD's but won't recognise a blank DVD. I can't remember where to look on my computer to see what type of DVD i should be buying. I am assuming I have bought the wrong one
This is not letting me write the type of Computer I have which is a HP Pavillion a450a
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Okay. First of all is it a cd drive in your computer as opposed to a DVD drive? If you put a dvd into a cd drive it cannot recognize the dvd. A dvd drive can recognize a cd, but a cd drive cannot recognise a dvd.
Does your computer actually recognize the drive as being present?
If the drive isn't recognized by the computer try:
power off the laptop
Physically remove the cd or dvd drive
power -up the laptop without the cd/dvd drive
power off the latop and refit the dvd/cd drive
power it up again and see if the drive is
If the drive IS recognized by the laptop but won't play any disk it's probably the drive itself at fault. You can try gently cleaning the inside of the drive - the optic that reads the disk. However, the usual cause is failure of that optic which read the disk information. It cannot be repaired.
The alternative to fitting a new drive is to buy a portable dvd drive. They connect via a usb cable. Have a look on Ebay
1.- The DVD /-R "standard" is not really a "standard". Not all drives recognize all brands of writable DVD's. Go to your DVD drive manufacturer website and see what brands of writable DVD's he recommends and/or update your firmware. May read only or - DVDs.
2.- Sometimes there might be a software glitch somewhere. Uninstall all your DVD burning software (nero and roxio require special registry tools to be completely removed which can you find on their home pages or on the net), reboot, and reinstall your DVD drive driver. Reboot again and install ONE of burning software program (you can also try putting in a blank dvd before having any burning software installed to see if you get a pop-up window from windows asking what to do next). Some peole claim that there can be conflicts if you use two burning software programs at the same time (like nero roxio).
3.- It could be a hardware hookup problem. This can be the case if your computer is new, you can read normal DVD's, and you have never tried to burn blank dvd's before. Open up your computer box and check the DVD hookups. Do you have more than one CD/DVD drive?. Which is the master/slave?. Does this mach what windows reports?. Are the IDE switches correct?. Unhook the DVD drive and other drives and redo the motherboard-drive connection yourself. Check that all the pins align how they are supposed to, etc. It is always a good idea to have the DVD /-R to be a master drive and to leave the other CD drives on the side while testing. If you feel uncomfortable moving cables around -don't be- search the net for detailed instructions on this till you feel comfortable enough to do it.
4.- Your DVD drive could be broken. Get hold of a friends computer and try to install it there. Does it work?. If it doesn't you should be able to get it replaced by the people who sold it to you.
5.- There might be a serious software or even a motherboard problem. Get a hold of a friends DVD drive that works for him and try to install it in your computer. Can you get it to work?. If you can consider replacing your DVD drive by one similar to your friends. If you can't check and recheck your botherboard settings and try swiching out the IDE cables with your friends. Condider upgrading your motherboard BIOS (this may void your warranty) or even reinstalling windows (backup your data first!).
do you have a cd writer or rom drive is the first thing you have to check, if it's a writer then put the disc in first and it should give you an option to write files to cd accept then follow the the instruction to add your files, assuming your running windows. iif that does'nt work check to see if your discs are + or - it may be your wriiter will only accept one kind
After a Format EVERYTHING is GONE... It is a blank thing. It only know to boot from an install disc. So you must now put a Windows DVD or some sort of Boot setup Disc in, and if the Windows disc, you should perform a re-install of the Operating System. As until that is done you cannot use the PC, as a PC. try that and get back to me.
Sims 3 comes on a DVD-ROM, therefore you need a DVD drive on your computer rather than a CD drive. As a test, take a disk that you know is a DVD (like a store bought or rented movie) and see if you can read that on your computer. If you cannot, then you probably have only a CD drive in your computer. DVD drives are inexpensive and easy to replace. You can purchase one at a local computer store.
You probably need a new drive. if the computer is only six months old it should still be under warranty. Just call the manufacturer and tell them you have a faulty dvd rom and see if you have to send the computer back or if they can just send you a new drive.
Sounds like you are having hardware connection issues. First, i would try right clicking on 'my computer' and under that, go to manage. Find the tab that says device manager and find your CD/DVD drive. Uninstall the product/ or press delete. (whichever one it is) Now your computer should immediately notice you have a cd drive and will install it for you. I hope this works, because i havent had a computer with that problem in a long time, and i am running off of all i remember... Tell me if you need anymore help.
should i assume that the drive work previouly with com dvd? my annlysis of this problem is that the dvdrom is not able to read the format the dvd is in. the format of the hard drive does not determine the ability to read or not read a dvd. that is the job of the optical disc.so dont worry about the format that is in.ok. the other aspect of the ability to read dvd is the software. windows media player and other that are of age has a inability to play some new format dvd. best bet install the newest version of power dvd put the disc and check should start automat pending setting you may need to go to my computer and double clickon the romdrive. let me know.