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Pioneer dvd rw-dvr- k16RS ATA drive can't read any cds

Laptop OS: Windows vista ultimate
driver version:6.0.6000.16386
The driver is up-to-date according to windows.
Was working fine until recently burned some cds. Now it's not reading any cds. After attempting to read it complains to "insert a disc" when the disc is already inserted.

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  • Anonymous Jan 22, 2008

    pioneer dvd rw-dvr- k16RS ATA

    Can only read/write CD ROM, DVD cannot.

  • Anonymous Feb 03, 2008

    ive got that same problem!

  • Pingman326 Feb 05, 2008

    I have the same problem with my Acer 5100 laptop with a Pioneer DVD-RW (DVR-K16RS).

    I put in a blank CD and the error message asks me to put in the CD. I tried removing the DVD from Device Manager, but that didn't work.

    I couldn't get the driver from Windows by that method.

  • volkan Mar 19, 2008

    Everything was all right untill today. DVD writer can't see any CD's now. I did the antivirus scans but the problem havent been solved

  • Anonymous Apr 27, 2008

    i've had the same laptop since christmas, and the DVD drive was working fine for a while, now it just refuses to recognise anything i put in it

  • agniv May 09, 2008

    My Pioneer DVD-RW DVR- K16RS for Acer 5100 Laptop (Purchased in India) is not working properly!
    I'm unable to find its driver from Acer & Pioneer's website!
    Pls. help me out!

  • Anonymous May 24, 2008

    Having the same problem!!!!!!

  • Anonymous Nov 10, 2008

    pioneer dvd-rw dvr-k16rs ata device

    what a hunk of junk...

  • Anonymous Jan 14, 2009

    DVD Drive just stop reading any CD's or DVD's I barely used it. It was a new laptop.

  • bayenglisher Feb 12, 2009

    My pioneer dvr k16rs dvd rom on acer 5100 doesnt read cds but read dvds...I cant find any solution.....can you please help me.....soon:)

  • pvarun31 Apr 17, 2009

    I have a PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-K16RS on an Acer Aspire L310.. I tried flashing it and it wasn't successful.. I'm not able to load discs into the drive itself!!



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Hi guys, i had the same problem with my Acer Aspire 5100, and i just run the Fix IT software from Microsoft and the problem was gone, updated my driver..try it and see what happend.

This is the link:

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Just a note the acer 5100 has severe problems with its motherboards i have had mine replaced 3 times under warrenty it also will loose power to your hard disks causing them to crash and other components such as the touchpad will also be affected. there is a few people planning leigal action. sollution is a new laptop.

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Uninstall You DVD/CD Rom Driver From Device manger in Control Panel and then Something Should Come Back Saying Installing Drivers For Your Device Wait Till Finishes Or If It Cannot locate driver browse for location and put C:/Windows If C Drive Is your windows drive put it But The Windows Folder Is Compulsory .

It Should Install The Drivers But Still If It Doesnt Work I Think You Just Have to Download Firmware For The Exact Model Of Your Drive Try Google or the Web Of The Manufacturer .

If It Still Doesnt Work I Hope You Have A Limited Warranty
Just Return It Or Give It to Test....

Good Day.

Posted on Jan 13, 2008

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I have the same drive, mine will read part of a cd/dvd until it gets to the outer edge of the disk. Then it complains of corrupt data, or no disk. Removing the disk didn't help.

After a little experimenting I found that the Mechanism that moves the laser radially to the disk has a problem. It seems to lock up when it gets to the outer sectors. I found that if I moved it (by hand) to the center and then reinserted the disk it would recognize the disk. I still didn't read the out edges all the time.

The solution is to replace the drive. Newegg has one

Posted on May 25, 2008

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REGEDIT and save the registry ... of course!
start in SAFE mode ... F8 while booting (keep tapping until prompt

search for "upperfilter" and delete the first instance
search for "lowerfilter" and delete the first instance (we actually deleted two instances

reboot and it works! If it doesn't work then you should restore the registry from the "saved file" in "safe mode"

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Can't detect device or fix drivers - A few suggestions and a possible patch

I lost my CD/DVD drives after installing Windows updates in Vista along with multiple other problems as well (warnings, color problems, freezing, installation failures)- all systems and both combo drives had been working perfectly with no new software other than Windows and HP pc updates. I tried multiple viable options you may consider:

I tried restoring the computer to a week it worked; I tried updating the device drivers in the device manager but it came back as 'drivers up to date' and working with no rollback options; I tried uninstalling the devices completely and reinstalling them in the device manager; I tried a full system repair in my pc tools; I went to the RAID Controller manufacturer's site to update that (see your dvd connections in the device manager 'view'); I searched for DVD hardware driver updates and patches; I tried recovering the original drivers through the recovery module; I even tried a complete pc recovery twice. The complete recovery worked until I got to the final few Windows updates and printer installations and then I was back at square one, which narrowed it down for me.

I've been struggling for over a week on the this issue in Vista with no luck regardless of effort for my DVD/CD combo drives, but have two ideas that may help someone:

1. I lost my card readers at the same time and was able to recover them by going to my device manager and uninstalling all my USB root hubs along with all the problem drivers at one time. After restart, a lot of my other problems disappeared as well, but not the DVD drives (they weren't USB connected). I've seen lots of USB issues in my search so gave it a try - this may work if you have a USB connection to your DVD drives.

2. While restoring and updating in little pieces, I found that the problems didn't come up with the Windows updates until after the Windows updates were installed and I began installing my printers and related photo and graphics programs. One of the ArcSoft programs had a patch specifically for disappearing DVD drives at You may want to see if you are running any of their listed programs that the patch is for or check your graphics/photo programs for patches. The listed ArcSoft programs included PhotoImpression 5/6, VideoImpression 2, ShowBiz DVD 2, Slide Show Maker, TotalMedia, Picture Saver, QuickDVD, G DATA VideoStudio 2006 Pro, ADS MediaTV, NTI DVD Player, and Ego Backup. That was just for their patch, but there may be more out there. I suspect there may have been a tweaking of a cross-platform Windows files affecting compatability.

Hope that helps someone out there!
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