Hi first thing go to
printers and other hardware
system (on left side)
DVD / CD rom drives
does it show up as a burner? DVD-RW or CD-RW
if not it may have a wrong driver installed If windows does not recognize it as a burner it will never work untill you get past the driver issue.
If the correct driver is installed
should be pretty simple there are many ways to burn
right click on a file and select SEND TO and send it to your burner usually drive D add all your files then select BURN FILES
or if they are media files you can use Windows Media Player
if all else fails track down a copy of Nero burning rom software or Roxio easy media creator.
Finally having said all that are you using the correct media?
if you try to burn files using a DVD on a non DVD burner it won't work.
also older burners were finicky and you had to watch your + and -'s
meaning if a DVD-R isn't working then try a DVD+R
if its an older burner you may consider upgrading it, a DVD burner can be bought on ebay or newegg for about $50 and its only a 2 cable install so its not to hard.
Another more extreme solution is to save all your files which you should be keeping in the "my documents" folder and do a system restore. (requires the factory restore disks)
This is very time intensive and can be VERY tricky but if the computer has been running for 3 plus years and is running slow it could probably use a fresh start and anything that has been corrupted over the years gets wiped away.
Hope that helps
Dec 29, 2009 |
Dell Dimension 5150 (DIM515MIN) PC Desktop