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Driver and firmware for HL-DT-ST-DVDRRW GWA 4164B


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  • fathimarin Mar 14, 2008


  • XHarvesterX Mar 29, 2008

    I have the same drive and a similar problem. When I insert blank DVD+RW into the drive, it doesn't recognize the disc, but when I insert a blank DVD+R disc, it recognizes IT. My question is, why won't it recognize a blank DVD+RW disc?

  • Tom Scott Apr 04, 2008

    I have the same dvd burner that you described above. I only recently started having a problem with it. It now only reads cd's and will not read dvd's nor will it burn anything but cd's. How can I fix this problem? Any ideas? Thank you for any and all of your time and help in this matter. I have tried going into the hardware device manager and re-installing the device. It worked, but only once and will not work anymore. HELP!!!!!!

  • wrnbb Jun 19, 2008

    Yep same problem here. Does anyone have a direct answer to resolving the issue or a feel good story before I kick start it

  • Anonymous Aug 10, 2008

    dis buner is bad bad

  • gretschfishi Aug 12, 2008

    when i insert a dvdR disc (+ or -) the drive shows me the disc is full. It will not allow formatting of the disc. Can anyone offer a solution?

  • MongoTheMad Sep 01, 2008

    HL-DT-ST DVDRRW GWA-4164B came with my emachine W3410 used to work ( in 2005). Does not see DVDs in drive any more to record, regardless of software in use. OEM Nero 6 wants paid upgrade to support DVD burning. Purchased Roxio 8 yesterday, it does not see DVD-R disks . Manufacturer is unknown to me.
    How do I get a firmware update ?
    Or is this just a piece of junk that needs to be replaced?
    I want to do DVD Data disks so I can transfer Data to my Ubuntu PC, as I have no network connections. Some files are too large for CDs (which the drive handles slowly, but OK ).
    Please advise, as this situation is becoming very frustrating.
    I used to be able to make vcd's , but no more.

  • Anonymous Oct 29, 2008

    got same prob here buddy x_x
    got anything ?

  • Anonymous Dec 10, 2008

    I haven't drivers for grabadora

  • jmartinezmar Dec 24, 2008

    I have the same product, but it only reads music CD; when I try to install a printer or a camera and I introduce the CD driver the CD WR doesn't read.

  • thedarking Dec 26, 2008

    no lee nada absolutamente nada pero no quiero llevarlo al tecnico todavia .queria saber si algun master pueda alludarme a repararla

  • ahmed66_khal Jan 31, 2009

    play as cd but didnot as dvd

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  • kquistgaard Mar 30, 2009

    I can not burn dvd's. Im using vista. The system does not recongnize the dvdrwa4164b ata as dvd rom. When nero tells me to put a disk in it doesnt recongnize it. When i put one in prior to the instruction it still does not know. Someone told me the rom is not compatible with vista. When i have windows search for a driver it tells me it is the most recent update. Can u help. I have a dell xps 400

  • Anonymous Apr 22, 2009

    I've got the very same comment for a while now, and I'm starting to fear that now it starts not to read CD's as well, for ususally when I'm playing a CD-ROM game my whole computer crashes.



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Oddly enough, you don't need drivers for the CD/DVD drives to work. They aren't even recognized unless you have a non-microsoft burning program, like Roxio or NTI CD and DVD maker. Sounds to me like your DVD burning program may be corrupted. Those programs are worth updating. Find out what burning software you have-- its easy and FREE. Download Belarc Advisor, which not only tells you everything in your computer, with model numbers for hardware and all of your software (with their unique codes), including the manumacturers, and will also inform you if you are missing any needed Windows updates. Once you know what you have, if it came with the computer, seek an update at the computer manufacturer's website, as it may be a special program not related to the burning software purchased from the software manufacturer---go to their website for upgrades. Let me know if you run into trouble.

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  • Richard Roberts Apr 05, 2008

    To Tom Scott--these drives are slaves, they do not need drivers. You have to have a good CD-DVD burning program for them to work. Your program may have become corrupted. Identify it in your programs, or with Belarc advisor, and reinstall it from your computer manufacturer's help website. That really should fix it.


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I got a similar problem it can read purchased cd's but not blank cd's and it can read burned dvd's and not purchased dvd's i have upgraded it to 1.05 and still nothing

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Dump the drive and get an new one it will never work

Posted on Jun 24, 2012

I had the same problem solved it with new firmwire

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I ended up replacing the CD/DVD read- writer , as I was informed that this behavior indicates that it is dying , and this particular model was a cheap piece of garbage. This information was given to me from a local computer repair shop, who had had many pass through their doors; and after attempting everything else, replacing the drive tended to be the cheapest and easiest solution.

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The Solution #4 posted on Mar 15, 2008 by
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That is ********..... the "Belarc Advisor" tells you nothing about DVD RW drive at all. I wasted my time and bandwidth to look and download it for nothing.

I think this bloke is a "Guru" of some ********.

I also have the same DVD drive (RWA-4164B) it doesn't recognize any DVD but only sees CD.

Does anybody actually know anything in this forum to fix it, the drive is only 31 days old

Posted on Apr 10, 2010

If you have a good burning program, than wath?
i have the same burnig program on my laptop and there it works fine.

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Přeji hezký den. Mám velký Přeji hezký den. Mám velký problém s dvd mechanikou ve svém PC. Pc mám cca dva roky a dvd mechaniku jsem sotva využila 5x. Před nedávnem jsem pro svůj pc využila doporučovaný program na vyčištění Cleanr a nechala ho dělat svou práci bez mého zásahu a po té, když jsem chtěla spustit dvd, tak dvd mechanika se mi otevře, vložím dvd a zavřu, chvilku světýlko bliká a nemá to snahu ani začít načítat a tím se tedy ani nespustí. Prostě vůbec nereaguje. Zkusila jsem aktualizovat ovladač (mám u něj vykřičník) a to mi vykázalo, že ovladač je správně nainstalovaný a funkční. Tak co mám ještě udělat, abych vlastně skoro nevyužitou dvd mechaniku ve svém pc mohla používat? Omlouvám se, že se tak rozepisuji, ale bohužel moc nerozumím technickým záležitostem v pc. Softwer ovladače je : HL-DT-ST DVDRAM_GSA-H40N ATA Device model pc: ASPIRE M1100 ( ACER ) rating : 220-240Vac,3.15A,50Hz Opsala jsem co se dalo, pak je tam jen S/N + číslo a SNID + číslo. Budu moc ráda, když mi pomůžete. Dopředu děkuji a přejei krásný den. S pozdravem Bundzíková Světlana

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