Computer won't recognize the DVD Recorder.. Perhaps I need a driver?
I have a dell dimension 3100 with a phillips dvd+rw 8801 drive. Device manager says working properly, however, unable to read any media.
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I've found HP to be very helpful getting updated drivers, but perhaps not on this one. Have you tried a search with the model number (hp dvd1040e driver)? I found it at opendrivers. I hope this helps you.
Restart and go into safe mode with GUI and networking.
Go into Control panel -> (Performance&Maintenance) System -> System Restore tab.
Save a restore point.
Go back to the last restore point.
*If anywhere in the System panel you see a Dell restore/repair or Dell backup/revert icon, info, etc, that would be the way to go. Dell ought to have its own system self-repair buried somewhere on the harddrive that should be accessable through the control panel, start/programs menu, or in the boot/safe mode logon process.
Please reply if this does not help and I will continue to assist you.
I'd first try another burning programming to see if it works. if not I'd try the drive on a different pc to ensure its not the drive. if the drive works on another pc then i will reload the os and dell recommended if it doesnt works i'd returen if for warrenty if it has any or i'd replace the drive myself :)