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Cannot write to CD/DVD drive; but can read

I can't write to my CD/DVD drive, but can read from them. Solution?

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  • nik761 Apr 03, 2008

    Cannot write to CD/DVD drive. But can read CDs without any probs. Its not the CDs as they work fine on other PCs and are a good brand. When using media player or write to CD wizard neither application can see the CD....Laptop is XP Media Edition.

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Aslong as your 100% that it is a cd/dvd burner , can you please tell me the operating system that you are using and what programs you are using to burn , and are you trying to burn a cd , or dvd , or both ...

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spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif Many times, after inserting a disc into the CD or DVD drive, the disc is not recognized by that drive. CD-read and DVD-read issues can be caused by many sources. Perform the procedures presented in this General Computer Advice article when troubleshooting CD-read and DVD-read issues.

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