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Sorry, but that model is not a DVD writer. It can only write and rewrite CD's. It can only read DVD's.

Here is a page with specs:

Sony CRX310S Specs

Note under DVD>Write DVD it says N/A. (Not applicable.)

Dell Dimension... | Answered on May 08, 2019


Hello Tony!

Simply test. Switch to High Performance in your Power Settings and reboot. Tell us if that helps.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Oct 02, 2018


try method 5 listed on this site:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/314060/your-cd-or-dvd-drive-is-not-recognized-by-windows-or-other-programs

Btw, I’m available to help over the phone in case u need at https://www.6ya.com/expert/larry_1fe25e09c54eece2

Dell Dimension... | Answered on May 23, 2017


insert the memory card in memory card reader and connect it to the USB port and select the photos ctrl + c and then ctrl + V where u want to paste it

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Dec 27, 2016


You can try going into the properties dialog of the audio device, under the advanced tab (the same place you set it to the default device) and uncheck the "allow applications to take exclusive control of this device" box. Restarting the computer after doing this wouldn't be a bad idea.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jul 29, 2016


Windows thinks E: is a CD/DVD drive ...this maybe becasue it can't understand the USB stick 'format' (especially if it's come from a Tablet/smart phone)

Try a different USB stick (they are cheap enough these day to just throw away when they start acting up)

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Mar 30, 2016


I'm sorry to say you'll probably have to take it to a tech

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Mar 22, 2016


A steady or Amber blinking power button indicates a low voltage problem. This can be caused by a defective power supply or a defective motherboard. Just to make sure that nothing else is causing the problem, remove any PCI cards like modem, video card, sound card, etc... Remove the memory modules and disconnect cables to CD/DVD drives. Look at the USB ports to see if any are damaged.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jan 03, 2015


You're CD drive is defective. See if the CD works in you're DVD player. If so then the CD drive in you're computer is defective.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jan 02, 2015


First check make sure all vents are clear. If unit is under warranty send it in to Dell. If not you can try a few things.

First unplug unit then remove the access side panel and check to see how filthy it is.
If just light dust you can use a lint free cloth or a Qtip and lightly dust it out. Do not use any form of vacuum or compressed air as these can damage sensitive areas.
If there is a bit of build up (residue) lightly dampen cloth or Qtip. DO NOT SOAK.
Remove fan carefully as to sometimes they can be secured in ways we don't see. Take the a Qtip dampened and remove the build up on the fan.
Allow to air dry a little to remove any left over liquid before reconnecting and plugging back in.

Build up inside a unit can cause it to overheat and thus the fan(s) tend to work harder to try and reduce the temp A desktop temp should not exceed 121 degree Fahrenheit.

If this does not solve the problem I would first check with dell as to how to slow the fan down... I have tried a program called speedfan but never could under stand how to use it. Worth a shot maybe,

Last would be replace the fans all together and maybe invest in a separate cooling system for inside your unit.
*If your unit accumulates a lot od build up inside cover the outside of the vents with a dryer sheet. This will act as a filter. cut it to the size of the vent leaving enough to tape it the the unit. Do this all around the unit with the exception of the power supply.
Hope this helps.
I have a Inspiron 560 that was doing the same thing ended up the fan was busted but that was due to build up and not having cleaned it in quite sometime.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Oct 10, 2014


psu or short on the pcb,try reinstalling cpu and press well that ram module into place,sometimes it just doesnt make contact.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Aug 03, 2014


What about it??? you don't tell us anything..... you only have a subject line with out any explanation of what your problem is. If you dont supply any more information, your problem will remain on the unanswered list FOREVER.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Aug 01, 2014


First you need to see what kind of noise is that, does it sound like a squeal noise and the fan wants to stop? or is it like the fan is going super fast? If its the first one the you gonna need to replace your fan, now if its the second one your processor its overheating and that could be for many different reasons.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jun 08, 2014


The easiest way is to boot from the Windows installation CD and select format hard drive.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Mar 22, 2014


A Blinking Amber or Yellow power button means that the power supply is receiving power from the source but is unable to properly distribute it to the components. This can be caused by a defective power supply or a defective motherboard. Just to make sure that nothing else is causing the problem, remove any PCI cards like modem, video card, sound card, etc... Remove the memory modules and disconnect cables to CD/DVD drives. Look at the USB ports to see if any are damaged.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Mar 22, 2014

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