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CD-RW drive My 4 year old W3080 has had this problem for quite a while now. The E drive will not read a CD (automatically or when I ask it to) When I try to write to a CD it keeps telling me to put a writable CD in the drive, I do and it won't recognize it. Thank you for any help you can offer, Allan Corwin

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From your inforation I suggest replace the CD/RW drive, I would believe it is no longer operational. They are very inexpensive online, and very easy to replace. BPCS

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OLD IRON DAY; (ouch)
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