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Iomega Super DVD RW/CDRW

I connected the previously working dvdrw to my dell laptop w/xp home.
The drive is recognized, but neither blank dvd,cds or precorded dvd's are "recognized".
I've also blown some air into the drive to dislodge possible dust, etc. which was not helpful.
I've read thru iomega's "terrific" user forum, and this seems to be a popular topic but w/little helpful advice.
I even tried calling iomega's paid phone help (perhaps for a "problem" they are quite familiar with but do not answer on their forum & then get "paid" to resolve), but they are closed on weekends.
It looks like a possible glitch w/windows xp, but that is just a guess.
Any helpful and specific steps to resolution are MORE than appreciated.
And...Happy Holidays.
Thank you very much.
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Re: Iomega Super DVD RW/CDRW

Go control panel > system > device manager > dvd/cd

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