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CD R/RW and DVD R/RW won't burn

Something I installed or did has turned both my CD and DVD burners into Read only Rom drives. I have been using them both succesfully for over three years,so I must have done something to turn off the burn function.

I uninstalled Nero, hoping that was it, but it did not solve the problem.

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  • jarrow Jan 20, 2008

    The restore function does not go back far enough. I reinstalled Windows and SP2 trying to solve the problem on Nov 25 and that's as far back as the restore calendar goes. The problem was happening before that and the reinstallations did not cure it. If it were just one drive I would replace it, but both of them turning into read only at the same time argues for something I did not hardware problems.

  • jarrow Jan 20, 2008

    I also noticed that there is no longer an option to enable the drives to record under properties as there had been before when I first started trying to solve the problem. Even when they exisited the drives were not recording. I suspect they went away when I reinstalled Windows XP home.

  • jarrow Jan 20, 2008

    UPDATE: I changed the Registy using instructions from Microsoft. Now the Drives identify themselves correctly, but the IMAPI service keeps switching to stopped by itself and the record tab on the properties for the drives does not want to stay record enabled.

  • jarrow Jan 21, 2008

    Update 2: The bios/CMOS re-boot did not do it. The system seems to know the disc burners are there, but they still do not recongnize that there is a disk in them. I had already reinstalled windows and SP2 before I pulled the battery on the mother board. Do I have to do it again or should I move on to checking the hardware and cables?



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Ok lets try a system restore to see if it was indeed something you did..

click start, all programs, axcessoires, system tools , system restore.. Now follow the onscreen instructions and restore your computer to a previous date, one in which the burners wrorked..

CLICK START, Accessories , System tools , System Restore
Follor thw on screen instructions and and restore your computer to a previous date, one in which they did work.

Let me know how that goes.

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  • Rishi Roshan Ali Jan 20, 2008

    Ok it seems we have a corruption here.. i will need you to fullow these steps exaclty..

    1.) unplug your system

    2.) open it up

    3.) on the mainboard is a battery, remove it

    4.) hit the power button 7 times(just to clear any remaing


    5.) put the battery back in and mount up the system

    6.) when you turn it on, it will stall, enter the bios and loat the default settings(optimised prefered)

    7.) boot the system and se if anything changes in your current windows instillation. YOu do this by right clicking on mycomputerm clicking properties, hardware, device manager. Right click on any device in the left window and select scan for hardware changes ,, see if it reads the burners..

    8.) if that fails, completely format and reinstall windows, followed by your main board drivers and then software..

    If the above fails,
    try replacing the cable connecting the drives to the main board

    try a different burner known to be working from a different system..

    If it still fails, try your burners in a diffrent system

    If it works m your mainboard ide controller is defective and will require you to replace the entire mainboard

  • Rishi Roshan Ali Jan 20, 2008

    try what i suggested above

  • Rishi Roshan Ali Jan 21, 2008

    Ok YOu did a full format when installing windows right ??

    If so move along to hardware and cables,, Try the burners in another system first.



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