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dvd drive wont read specific disk, will read on other vista computer

Question: dvd drive wont read specific disk, will read on other vista computer

hey, my computer generally reads disks, music cd's, dvd's, and games (new like sims 3, and old like theme hospital and shogun total war)

ive just got anno 2070 and put in the disk, but its not recognizing it at all, when i first put the disk in, it whirs, as it knows there is a disk there, and a disk icon appears next to the cursor, but then nothing, no disk appears in My computer, and when i click on the drive it asks me to insert a disk, i have tested the disk on a different computer running vista, anno 2070 runs perfectly, and also says it does run on windows 7, i have also tested other disks since putting the game into the windows 7 computer, which work fine, and checked whether the disk can be read in a virtual machine (windows xp in this case), which it cant as i expected, i have run the Microsoft disk checker and all it said was that the disk was unreadable, but the vista computer proves it is readable.

any tips on what to do next? i really want to get playing this

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Answer: dvd drive wont read specific disk, will read on other vista computer

I would think that your optical drive and that particular brand DVD media don't go together well. ( I have an Imation DVD+R DL that my Samsung drive only reads at times but not most of the time. On four other drives - a Sony, a Liteon, an Asus and a Plextor - the media is recognised and accessible without any problems. The Samsung drive is clean, has the latest firmware, can read and write other DVD media. So where am I? )

You may just try cleaning the lense with a Lense Cleaner CD. If it does not help, try burning anno 2070 to another known-to-be-good brand media at a lower speed.

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yesterday my f: drive was fine, it would read disks and everything was great, but today i put a disk in and it wouldnt run, it said the device wasnt ready!!!! i tried a couple of disks so i know its not that. can somebody heLP!??

Answer:my F: drive wont read my disk

Does it do it to every disk make sure your using proper disk instead of copied as some times a cd rom wont always read a copied disk /try in and let us know/ if yuo are using a genuine disk then ensure a couple of things right click on my computer and then go to properties in the device manager check that the cd rom is loaded and it doesnt have any explanation marks , if all is ok in the device manager then i would say that the cd rom is defect and needs exchanging.
Also if you are using a DVD rom as your F: then some times the DVD rom cant read CDs try others get back to us and let us know


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my Disk RW drive wont read or write. i cant do anything with it. when i insert a cd it says "no dvd or cd inserted" or it cant detect it

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Ok I thought it was a broken floppy drive and apparently I was wrong
I used my floppy drive with a couple disk and it kept saying "Please insert disk"
so I figured maybe my floppy drive was broken so I went an bought a new one and now I see it does pretty much the same thing only this time I see a error that says
"A: is not accessible
No ID address mark was found on floppy disk"
on ever disk I've used
so I'm baffled what could it be
looking for help

Answer:Floppy Drive wont read a dam disk

Does the drive have a question mark against it in Device Manager? Does the BIOS recognise it? Floppy disks do degrade and are notoriously unreliable, so check one of yours in a known good floppy drive. You have opened up the Write Protect tab, I assume.

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hi i have a samsung dvd drive( and it used to work perfectly until a few weeks ago when i put in a cd and the green light goes on, but then the light goes away and it doesnt read anything, after that i go to My Computer and click on my drive and it says PLEASE INSERT A DISK even though there is a disk already in it. PLEASE HELP ME

Answer:Dvd Drive Light Goes On But Wont Read Any Disk!!!

Go to Device Manager, find the drive. right click-> uninstall and reboot.

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Its making a sound and the little disc symbol is appearing every so often but but it seems to just die. Nothing comes up on the screen apart from the disc symbol, but nothing comes of that.

Its works with the older version of the game that i already had installed on the PC since before this ever happened.

Please help!


Answer:My disk drive just wont read my game.

i get this quite often try giving the cd a good wipe down and if you have a laser cleaning kit try using that


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I am running vista home premium. I tried upgrading to windows 7 my computer wont read either disk the 32 bit or 64. I have an inspiron 531 its about a year and a half old I have never reformated. I put in a very old disk of office 2000 and it was able to read it. If I reformated would this help resolve this issue

Answer:Computer wont read windows 7 disk

It needs to be a DVD drive...i suspect you may have only a CD drive.

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Hello guys so this has been a lasting problem that I have never got round to fixing because of moving house but needs fixed ASAP this is how the problem all started I wiped my computer with I did this a few times everything went fine but this time after wiping when I put my windows 7 disk in it wouldn?t read the disk this is a real shop bought copy of windows so my only way around this was to install a copy of Linux Zorin I then went onto the windows website burnt an iso of windows 7 to disk everything installed as should then when I try to put my drivers disk in it wont Boot/Load I really need help getting back onto windows I have had enough of this OS please help

I posted a thread here when the problem happened to give you better incite to what is going on here sorry for posting another thread the other one seemed a bit old, Thanks in advance for any help

Need help fixing my computer after using DBAN

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I had to reformat my hdrive a little while ago and I backed up all my music + pics to a dvd. However I just tried to read the disk; in my explorer window the status(?) bar recognizes that theres XMB left of YGB but when I open it, its not showing anything :S I've also tried it on my gfs laptop and hers just recognizes it as a balnk dvd. I'd really love to know if there's anything I can do to sort it, it's got 5 years worth of family pics on it and its now the only place I have them :/

Thanks guys

Answer:Disk drive wont read this one disk.

try right clicking the drive with the disc inside and clicking "explore".If not, the disc may be corrupt. In future you should really use a slave hard drive like i do. When you then format the hard drive, it will still have all the files you aquire on your slave drive.

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i got a new disk drive IHAS1234-14 E and it starts to spin up then stops and wont do anything. Its visable and every time i click on it it asks me to insert a disk even do theres one in it

Answer:DVD disk drive wont read disk

how many dvd/cd did you try? did you check if dvd/cd are working on other laptop/desktop?

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This has got me totally stumped!!!

My other pc has a Sony AW-G170ASV IDE dvd-rw drive but is unable to read a vista dvd for some reason. As i understand, vista uses dual layer dvd so i assumed the drive might not be able to read dual layer, but realised its the same one as mine (which i used to install vista on my pc).

So i thought maybe the drive is dusty or damaged (the pc this drive used to be in was a pile of junk with constant hard restarts & crashes).

However it is able to read gears of war which i assume is a dual layer dvd coz it has 7gb worth of data on it.

Asus p5k-e wifi/app
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I have a dell laptop, D620. When i first put it on the screen was loading funny. as i move the mouse over it a square at time would come in...then when i tried to boot it again. it said new user.. then it just woulnt boot got read error hit control alt delete...i called Dell they said hold fn key and hold start but it went into diagnostic mode. in a few minutes they said HARD DRIVE must be replaced.

My problem is now... that to recover the data companies want from $500 to 25oo to recover the data... is there any program or thing i can do to try to get my files back?

Marv Alpert
[email protected]

Answer:Hard Drive canNOT Be Read, Computer won't boot. Read Error

Hi malpert and welcome to the TechSpot Forum :wave:

As a laptop only has the ability to support 1 harddrive your option is to remove the drive from the laptop and connect it to a desktop PC using a 2.5" to 3.5" adaptor and try to read the files on it, however I would download the test tools from the makers website and run a thorough test on the drive to ensure readability of the drive.

Remember though if the drive has failed mechanically then any data may be lost and you will need to use one of the professional data recovery services such as "ontrack data recovery" to get it back.

Backup, backup and backup is the mantra when it comes to important data...

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i first want to start off by saying hi to everyone =) i am new to this forum so hopefully someone can help me with my problem

ok so my friend gave me a stick of 256 ram. being that i was in a computer vocational i know that i have to put the 256 in slot 1 and my 2 other 512 sticks in 2 and 3.well i did that and at the same time i tried to put in a 75 gb hard drive (upgraded from a 13gb and also have a 160gb permanantly installed) anyways i installed everything and made sure everything was pluged in correctly and i turned on my computer. i get to a blue screen that looks like it says FIC i think.after that it tells me my processor memory and the drives that are on my computer. well the drives look something like this

IDE channel 0 master : none
IDE channel 0 slave : none
IDE channel 1 master : none
IDE channel 1 slave : none

IDE channel 2 master : none
IDE channel 3 master : none
i dont know what to do everything was working fine before i tried to put in the hard drive. my system is as follows,

windows xp,amd athlon 64 2800+,ati radeon 9550,1 gig ram +256,160gb + 13gb installed hdd (want the 75 but says a ntldr missing) dvd r+rw burner and cd burner
all i want is my 13 and 160 gb hard drive to work again any help is GREATLY appreciated thanks

Answer:computer wont read EITHER hard drive

To begin with - take the new parts out and configure the computer like it used to be before the upgrading. Check all the connections - especially inside the computer. Make sure everything's working in Windows.

Then - as a rule of thumb (at least my thumb ) - you can start putting new parts in ONE BY ONE checking that the computer works before you put the next part in.

I'm not sure whether your new parts are compatible with your computer or not - but'll look into it.


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My computer wont read any of my discs on my cd/dvd rw drive, ive tried using a USB portable cd/dvd rw drive and it gives me the same problem (its a different make and model to my origional). It wont load cd's when i first input them and when i click on the drive in "my computer" it says its loading (the green bar at the top shows as much) but it never reaches the end it just get stuck about a cm from the end no matter how long i leave it! i've left it for over 24 hours before in frustration!

Answer:Computer wont read discs on ANY cd/dvd drive

Heres the fix. I'm a tech for a job. I'm sure it'll work. I help people
with this exact problem all the time.
FIRST: click start.
go to: RUN
in run type REGEDIT.
This will open the registry editor.
click the + sign next to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Then click the + sign next to SYSTEM
Then click the + sign next to CURRENTCONTROLSET
Then click the + Sign next to CONTROL
Then click the + sign next CLASS
NOW we're done clicking on + signs.
NEXT STEP click on the FOLDER labeled
now there should be more options on the right hand side of the this
Look for anything Labeled UPPER FILTERS or LOWER FILTERS if any or both
are present right click them. choose DELETE.
Now reboot the machine.
TA DA. your Drives are now listed again!!
I know it sounds scary but I know what I'm doing & it'll bring youre
drives back.
Windows reloads the defaults on the restart
bad burning filters will make drives invisible to Windows.

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So i build a newcomputer yesterday.
I decided to use my old SATA hard drive from my computer, it has my OS, and other files on it.
I get everything put in, but when i start the computer it says "no hard disk is detected".

I enter the bios menu, and i notice it recognizes that it is in there, as well as my disk drive.

How come it wont let me load my hard drive, and it doesnt detect it when i start it up.. but BIOS sees that its there?
How do i fix it?

Answer:Computer wont read my hard drive

Check the HD Drive cables.

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Hi all,I don't know if this is a hardware problem or a Win vista problem.  I downloaded a program to install Betrayal In Antara on vista.  I played the game fine until it was time to load disk 3 and neither of my 2 drives would read the disk.  I though at first it was a bad disk but I tried it in another machine with windows XP and that machine read the disk fine.I have:Windows Vista Home PremiumHP Pavilion Processor:  Intel Core 2 Duo CPU 3.00 GHzMemory 4 GigNvidia GeForce 8800 GTMy two DVD/CD drives are:ASUS DVD E616A3TTSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-H653N  I think it's weird that I can read disk 1 and 2 and not disk 3 and since it is both of my drives then there is obviously something on that disk that works on my XP machine but not the Vista machine.  Anyone know why?

Answer:CD Rom Drive won't read disk 3 of Betrayal In Antara on Windows Vista

Are these real CD's or Copies?

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I just purchased Windows 7 Home Premium to upgrade it from Windows Vista Home Premium, and when I popped in the disc, it does not show up! I tried a different disk, and yes it worked. I also tried putting the Windows 7 disk into my friends computer, and it showed up. I have tried many different things, and nothing works. I've tried re installing the driver, updating it, and several different fixing programs. Please help! Thanks in advance!

And I just realized that I posted this in the wrong part of the forum, but whatever!

Answer:Windows 7 Upgrade disk not read in DVD drive, running Vista x32

Quote: Originally Posted by jb9723

I just purchased Windows 7 Home Premium to upgrade it from Windows Vista Home Premium, and when I popped in the disc, it does not show up! I tried a different disk, and yes it worked. I also tried putting the Windows 7 disk into my friends computer, and it showed up. I have tried many different things, and nothing works. I've tried re installing the driver, updating it, and several different fixing programs. Please help! Thanks in advance!

And I just realized that I posted this in the wrong part of the forum, but whatever!

Ignoring whether it "shows up", what happens when you set your BIOS to boot from the DVD drive first and then restart your PC with the installation disc in the DVD drive?

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I've never had any problems with my external hard drive. It's actually an internal with an enclosure, but I'm not sure if that makes a difference.

Anyway, something strange happened a while ago. I went in to my external drive and see that everything is missing, and the only thing remaining is one folder (out of the hundreds that I had), with no files inside. I went to my computer to check if the data was still there and it read that there was space being used. The same amount it would have been if I had left it there.

I thought maybe it was a bad connection, so I unplugged and plugged the USB cable again. When I did that, the external didn't show up on My Computer anymore. It still makes all the sounds of a hardware being plugged in, and it shows up on the Device Manager (which says that everything is working fine). The same thing happens when I plug it in to my laptop.

Hopefully it's just a bad enclosure and I haven't lost everything inside, but does anyone know any solutions?

Answer:Computer wont read External Hard Drive

First off, take the drive out and connect it as a slave to the desktop and see if the files are still there. Also, here are words to live by...

Remember: Data you don't have at least two copies of is data you don't care about.

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Answer:my computer keeps trying to read the floppy disk drive at startup

At what point during the boot is the floppy polled?

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Answer:My combo drive cant read a specific CD

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Ok.. So i know i should not have tried it but i did.

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I have tried recovering it from the recovery cd, but i cant seem to get it working, i really dont want to reset it to the original condition because i have things on there that i would really like to keep.

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I hope its because of combination of new mother board with old windows and not a spontaneous dvd burner death, can anyone help me? Perhaps with a method to check either if its windows or the burner or maybe some possible work arounds.

Answer:New Computer, Old hard drive with old copy of vista/can't read dvds

Did you not reinstall Vista after installing the old hard drive? if not, do that. If you did already, make sure you have Service Pack 1 and all possible drivers.

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I use a compaq evo d310. it has a compaq ltn486s cd-rom. A generic cd-rom. It reads all other disk types but not cd-rw. after i insert it it continually tells me to insert a disk when i click on the drive. i use windows xp pro. i had this problem on another computer. so i updated the firmware. the problem is i cant find any firmware downloads for this. since it is generic is there a generic firmware i can use?Thanx,Cadman32002

Answer:cd-rom wont read cd-rw disk

QuoteI use a compaq evo d310. it has a compaq ltn486s cd-rom. A generic cd-rom. It reads all other disk types but not cd-rw....You said it yourself:  "...A generic cd-rom..."It's not going to read CDRW's.

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I have here a Compacq presario PC SR5707c 32-bit operating sys. with windows vista home premium. I recently came over to a family members to visit and the computer was messing up so i downloaded AVG an ran a scann and AVG found virus. I got ride of them so i thought but before i knew it the pictures were gone and some of the files, luckly i found them hidden and copied them on my usb but my question is..... I have tried doing a factory reset TWICE! And everythigs working correctly...i set up free nortan, a admin account and guest for her so she has more protection i even setup windows defender correctly but i cant get her DVD/CD Rom to work it wont read CDs or DVDs. I ran a hardwear diagnostics test and its the drivers so please help! i been updating the windows . i tried to uninstall the drivers for the DVD/CD but its still there what do i do? i need help please.. She doesnt have the recovery disk she lost them. so i cant reboot it i need sum advice im leaving back home out of state and i dont want to leave her computer like this im also sorry for not zip tying this what evr that means im new

the driver is C:\windows\system32\drivers\Cdrom.sys???????? is this a trojan???

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Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
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Answer:Help DVD/CR ROM wont read disk

i hope i did this right

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hello all;
my dvd rom will spin stop spin stop at 20 second intervals.
i had a command line for windows xp that i got off a blog that would clear the referencing log or cache log or something of that nature. and it worked. if anyone knows the command could you tell me?
thanks george!

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This is a laboured topic but I think my problem is a little uniqueish.In the past a DVD reader would not read- after much prodding and talking here- conclusion dud drive.Took it out and filled hole with a CD that happened to be kicking around.That played up - But found that I had not set thejumper aright.Sorted thatAnd it is now recognised as a slave.and it opens is drawer and little light flashes away, bit this one wont read disks either.Now what are the chances that is a dud also?Properties says it is there and a fully loaded disk is in the drive -but it wont read.Do I delve deeper? is there anywhere deeper to delve?

Answer:Cd wont read disk -- again

Hello, If you ever find out the answer, please let me know. Al

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Hope I am in the right spot - posted first message today and got a great solution so hoping that someone will know how to fix this easily.
Thanks so much!

Answer:My vista computer will no longer read the data on my external hard drive
I found the fix - it took me LOTS of searching - and two tries as I chose the wrong identity the first time - not sure if it is consistent but needed to pick the administrator as the owner and now it works as it did.
Hope this helps someone else.

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Well my DVD-ROM has up and quit working.  It has no problem reading my audio CD.  It does this with Musicmatch Jukebox.  However when I put a data disk in the drive doesn't recognize it.  MY computer just shows up as D:.  When I click on the drive I get a box that says "Install disk"  I imagine I did something like deleted the program that read data files or something like that (is there even such a thing).  Basically what I need is help or a reference to diagnosing the root of the problem.Dell Pentium 4 dual core 3.4 GHZ1.5RamSamsung DVD-Rom SD-616E (problem drive)Ps I recently Downloaded the Nero 7 ultra smart start to see if that had any tips (not sure why) but obviously it didn't help. Thanks in advance

Answer:DVD-ROM wont read data disk but will audio disk

You can try this...go to Device Manager and right click on the DVD drive and select uninstall.When you re-boot Windows will automatically re-install the device...Let us know.

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The computer whirs & loads media cds, nothing happens, the device manager is listed aslite-on DVDRW SHW-16358.This is a newer Gateway pc I transferred data to, from my old one. From XP to 7.

Answer:Is it my pc, or Windows 7? Wont read media, but will read music cds

How old is the Optical drive ? ?They fail...and they dont build them like they used to.QuoteThis is a newer Gateway pc I transferred data to, from my old one. From XP to 7.Also the above is unclear...are you saying you installed Win7 to this Gateway ? ?If so did you remember to DLoad and install the Win7 drivers for the PC ? ?

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put a disk with a program in to my system it wont even acknowledge its there, anything like DvD CD its fine.Anyone know anything about this?cheers

Answer:Will read DvDs and CDs Wont read Autoexe on  

Have you disabled autostart? Can you start the program by clicking on the appropriate setup.exe file on the CD?

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Hi i ned help with this DvD/CD rom drive i have no idea why it wont read disk. I have factory reset it to original state twice. I just got rid of viruses through AVG before i reset it. If anyone can help me i would greatly appricate it . i will reply with any info you may need i posted another post with my comp files and sofwear info.

Answer:DVD/CD Rom drivers wont read disk.

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Well i wanna reinstall windows with a Xp Professional disk and when i put it in then restart. its ment to say press any key to "enter" and its not doing that. its going blank then just loading up as normal, any ideas on how to fix this?

The computer is Compaq aswell.


Answer:Xp Professional Disk - Cd Rom Wont Read It

Have you set BIOS to Boot from CDROM?

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Answer:laptop wont read disk

is the disc an r or an rw

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Hello all,

I have a question for you.

last week I had some problems with my system where most of all the programs stopped working. The computer will start fine and I can surf the web and get my emails, but thats about all. I got out my gateway restore disk and started to restore my system as new again.

Heres the problem. I reboot the computer with disk in drive and tap R as explained and the screen just stays black, then the computer starts to Beep every time I hit the R key. I then tried doing it again, this time tapping the F11 key and system starts to Beep again, with the black screen.

I called gateway and they sent me out another restore disk thinking maybe the one I received was bad. The new restore CD did the same thing. Last week I did have a problem with installing programs where I would get this error message ( C:\windows\system32\autoc.nt. This system file is not suitable for running MS-DOS and microsoft Windows applications ) I fixed that problem right away by replacing the Autoexec.nt, and config.nt files back into the system32 folder, must have been done by SP2.

I went into my Bios and made sure the system was booting from CD-ROM yet it still wont read the recovery disk. NOTE: CD-Rom does work with any other program CD I have, Just not the recovery disks.
If anyone has an answer or can narrow down my problem please respond.

Thank You.

Answer:System Wont Read Recovery Disk

Well, let me start by asking this, did the computer, when you got it, come with Windows XP SP1 than you upgraded to SP2 and/or have you updated the bios or any system preferences?

It seems to me that maybe the recovery CD is out of date. Have you tried re-intalling the programs that don't work and making sure there isn't a third-party application corrupting your files?

If you have a Windows XP install CD, try repairing the Windows install with that instead of the Gateway CD.

As for the beeping keyboard strikes, that's probably just a keyboard error that you either press the keys too late or too early, or something else. Try the other things and if that's not the case and you need to get to the CD, we'll work with the keyboard thing.

And also, do you run the CD at startup or while Windows is running? I've never owned a Gateway and only worked on a few, so I'm unsure of when you actually use the restore disc.

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Is it possible to get any more info such as machine OS, what happened prior to this etc..............

Answer:Re: Floppy Disk wont read.. some one helppp mee pl

Try the floppy on another floppy drive...

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I am at a loss as to what to do next with this problem.I have replaced my motherboard and it will not boot to the hard disk. Bios shows the disk is there and it is set as 'Master' and connected to IDE1. If I connect the hard disk to my other main computer, it boots to Win XP ok. If I put an older smaller disk to the new board, it boots up ok. If I put the disk from my main computer to the new motherboard, it also fails to boot. I have moved the jumpers to change the fsb settings on the motherboard, all with differing results but none that let the hard disk boot.Any ideas please........ John

Answer:New motherboard wont read the hard disk

Have you formatted the disk that doesn't work?What actually happens when you boot up??

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my disk driver is LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1633S if there is a disk in the drive when windows starts immediately, the drive will read it. 2-3minutes after windows boots up, the disk drive will not detect anything that is in the drive. is there some update that i missed that can help me fix this problem, or is it just windows being a nuisance? thanks.

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I was wondering why my computer wont run my warcraft tft game. It worked perfectly fine on teusday and now it wont work. On teusday all i did was delete quicktime media player and when i tried to paly wc today it didint work. I tried reinstalling the quicktime and it still doesnt work. I also tried using the system restore but my computer still wont read my disks. this is what it says when i try to run my game: "Frozen Throne was unable to detect a disc in your CD-ROM drive. Please make sure your Frozen Throne is in your CD-ROM drive, then click 'Retry'." Yes i made sure my disk was in tehre too and it is. Any one know whats wrong?

Answer:my comp wont read my warcraft disk please help!

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I'm having the same problem as = that guy, and I'm running XP Home edition.

Basically, I can't startup my computer because it comes up with the whole screen giving the options of safe mode, safe mode with networking etc., yet none let me start the computer-the last known good config and start windows normally options lead to a BSOD followed by a restart, and the safe modes give a long list of these-

with different names attached to the end (can post if necessary). All of the websites I've found say to insert the Windows XP disk, 2000, 98 or 95 disk and let it setup or something.

I tried the 'Reinstallation CD Microsoft windows XP Home Edition' CD, which apparently the computer didn't recognise. I tried putting the cd in, turning the computer off then on again. CLosing the disk drive with the cd in it on the loading screen. Putting the cd in then pressing F12 on startup to get to the boot menu then selecting option 4 (The CD option). None worked. I tried the same with a Windows 95 disk and still nothing came up. Am i doing something wrong or has my computer had it?

All advice appreciated

Answer:Startup error, wont read xp disk

If you have a Full Operating System on CD then you can try this:

1. Configure the computer to start from the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. For information about how to do this, see your computer documentation, or contact your computer manufacturer.
2. Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart your computer.
3. When you receive the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM.
4. When you receive the "Welcome to Setup" message, press R to start the Recovery Console.
5. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you have to use from the Recovery Console.
6. When you are prompted, type the administrator password, and then press ENTER (if none was set, leave it blank and press ENTER).
7. At the command prompt, type bootcfg /list, and then press ENTER. The entries in your current Boot.ini file appear on the screen.
8. At the command prompt, type bootcfg /rebuild, and then press ENTER. This command scans the hard disks of the computer for Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000, or Microsoft Windows NT installations, and then displays the results. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to add the Windows installations to the Boot.ini file. For example, follow these steps to add a Windows XP installation to the Boot.ini file:

a. When you receive a message that is similar to the following message:
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Well I have a DVD-r that I burned some backup files to along time ago and whenever I put it into my computer it doesnt read any of the files on the disk. I still have a dual layer DVD burner and all the same software and hardware that i did before but for some reason the disk doesnt work in my computer anymore. It does however work on my other computers.

Answer:Solved: DVD Burner wont read files from disk.

I dont know what the problem may be. But try taking the disc to any of the other computers taht work and if they have burners or something, maybe burn them again and make sure it works?

Thats all I can think of....sorry if I was no help at all. LOL

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I have an HP laptop with windows xp.

If I put a blank disk or a burned disk into the cd drive it spins for a few seconds and then nothing. If i go to my computer and look at the cd rom drive it will tell me what kind of disk is in there either cdr or cdrw but when i click on it it says E:/ is not accessible incorrect function. I have tried to update the drivers but everything i find is for vista. The crazy thing is that it will read any other type of disk just fine. A disk bought from the store both audio and dvd. I hope someone can help. Thanks


Answer:DVD/CD rom drvie wont read blank or burned disk

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I know I am sure this has been covered but but butThe CD/DVD drive activity light is constantly flashing.Sometimes the drawer will not open, then it will and snap shut.Getting a disk in and the drive sends insert disk message countless times and then reads it -sometimes.Is this a dying drive/corrupt driver/Bios done something daftAny ideas please.

Answer:CD/DVD reader contantly active but wont read disk

try going to device manager and removing it altogether,re-boot and let windows find and re-install it

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Recently my dvd/cd writer stopped recognising blank media and now does not even recognise anything. I cannot system restore as my restore points get deleted after each month and we have only just entered August so I have few restore points. I downloaded the driver update for my drive from click here and used the program to download the updates for my drive 'DVDRW-IDE1008', then when i clicked on upgrade to install the updates it says "Execute command errorA!! 5/20/ 0Flashing is incorrect!!" I have no idea what this means and as this is my only hope for getting my drive to work again i would appreciate any help, or suggestions on how else to fix the drive. Thanks a lot.

Answer:DVD/CD drive wont read disks, & driver wont update

"and as this is my only hope for getting my drive to work again"i can't imagine why you think that, as it was working OK previously.What you are trying to do is NOT a driver - CDs and DVD drives do not require drivers, other than the ones built-in to Windows. What you are trying to do is update the firmware inside the drive - clearl this is not faulty, or the drive would never have worked.If your drive will not recognise anything - I suggest as a first step, borrow a drive from elsewhere and try it out - it seems quite possible your drive has simply failed.Before you do that, just check inside that the cable that feeds it is still firmly plugged in at each end - both the drive and the motherboard - also the power cable.

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Here is a link to the EULA for Vista. Pay special attention to section 6. Look what windows defender can do!

Answer:Vista Eula Link Must Read!!! Read About What Windows Defender Will Do To You!

Nice. I had scrutinized it hard enough already with a steel hat, so I'm still safe.

Hehe, Veesta is a beast! Most corps, even NIST, MIT, UDoD and ASUS as the largest MB MFG detests it. Not fit for mass consumption eh.

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TLDR: I get the "A disk read error occurred" error but the system disk is readable and checks OK in the recovery USB.

So, I have two hard drives--a terabyte drive with some data on it and a smaller drive with the win7 installation on it--and a USB drive. I made the USB drive into a recovery USB using the instructions here Installing Windows 7 System Recovery into USB Flash Drive | Raymond.CC Blog with the addendum found in the comments. I made a system image of the smaller drive via the control panel and then put the image in the terabyte drive. I then replaced my smaller hard drive with a new drive of a comparable size.

In order to restore the drive, I booted into the recovery USB, formatted the new hard drive with ntfs, made it active, and ran
wbadmin start recovery -version:xxx -items:C: -itemtype:Volume -backupTarget:C: -recoveryTarget:

where C was the terabyte drive and D is the new drive. I may have the drives mixed up here, but I assure you I had them correct when I actually ran the command

After a reset, I got some generic error so I went back into the bios, and set the new drive to be at the top of all boot lists, and then rebooted. It was at this time I got the above error. I feared that my drive was actually DOA, so I booted back into the recovery. I did a D:;dir and saw that all of my old files did indeed exist, so I figure it was a boot issue. I ran the boot repair utility in the recovery menu and it said there were no errors and I should... Read more

Answer:A disk read error has occurred but disk can be read

If you have the Repair CD on USB flash, then boot into it and select Recover Using an Image, browse to the WindowsImageBackup file on 1tb, reimage it to the new HD.

Or if you have WD or Seagate on either end, use their excellent free Acronis cloning app on the Downloads webpage for your model. Then just clone the old HD over to the new one without the 1tb plugged in.

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Using "MY COMPUTER" in XP I am no longer able to read Disk Drive directories. It displays all my drives, but when I try to open a drive to view the directory I get the "Open With?" box asking what program it should use to open it.I have shortcuts to on my desktop to various data folders. If I open a folder and use the drop down and select the drive, it works. (gives my the drive directory)I have not added anything new (software, hardware). It just stopped working.Any ideas?Thanks for your help.

Answer:"MY COMPUTER" in XP no longer able to read Disk Drive directories

Have you try to run system restore?

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Hi, I recently got married and was given the picture negatives on CD, it comes with a letter saying not compatible with windows Vista, Any one know how I can get these using Vista? it says will only work with Windows 2000 or XP... Cheers

Answer:vista wont read CD files

What were you going to do with the negatives?

I don't see what would not be compatible here.....does the CD have something you must install, like a viewer program, in order to look over the negs?

Are you not able to see the negatives on the CD?

Need more details on what you are trying to do.
Would any of this be what you need to work on?

Just about any place that specializes in photo printing, scanning, etc could help you if you cannot work this out yourself.

What I advise you to do, is first make some copies of that disc! Never surrender the only copy you have.......

Have you simply tried your local library or a friend who has an XP computer to look at the negs??

The Windows Picture and Fax Viewer is installed on Windows XP but has been replaced in Vista.....there is help at the link I posted.

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error = STOP: c0000218 \systemroot\system32\config\software

When I start windows I get this blue screen every single time. I am unable to start windows in any form (safemode etc.). I have the windows re-installation startup disk but for some reason my disk drive is unable to read it. I have used this startup disk with this computer recently to bring my computer back to factory settings in the summer, so I know the cd and my cd drive were working at most 2 months ago.

I'm stuck because I dont know any way to fix this error with out my disk drive working.

Answer:Blue screen of death + windows wont read startup disk

Can someone please help me, im having a lot of trouble with this

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hi i got a LG dvd ram drive and it was working fine until a couple of days ago when it stopped reading dvd+r's. it read them before but then it just stopped reading them. the drive can still read movies but when i want to burn something and put a dvd+r in it reads it as a cd. any help i would appreciate thanks.

Answer:dvd ram drive wont read dvd+r

What dvd burner disks are you using.......and what software is used?

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My cd-drive wont read any cds. Most of the cds I have has auto-loads up whether its a game.. or a burned data cd but now it wont auto-load. And when I check my f-drive (where the cd contents are usually at), there is nothing! Please help, (my specs are in my sig)

Answer:My cd-drive wont read any cds!

Given the cost of CD units and their limited lifespan, after perusing Device Manager to see that the device is present, the best way to check this out is by substitution.

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hey not quite sure what kind of cd rom drive i have but when i open the cdrom/dvd drives portion of the device manager it says dvd/cd rom drives next to "type" and below that it says (standard cd rom drives) next to "manufacturer". im running windows 7 64 bitover the last couple days i have not been able to burn cd's. i use windows media player to burn (always have, never had any problems til now), it would appear to be burning the cd but when it reached 100 percent the cd-r would eject and wmp would give me a message saying that it couldnt be burned. that was happening yesterday and before, now whenever i instert a cd-r i cant even get the drive to read it. it always says there isnt a disc inserted. i put a dvd in it earlier to see if it would read and it read the dvd no problem. i read on a post from about a year ago where someone said something that it might be a hardware issue, not software or driver issue. if that is the case, can the drive be repaired or is it best to buy a new one??

Answer:cd drive wont read cd-r's

Try this: open up device manger, expand DVD/CD-ROM drives, right click on your drive and select properties, Drivers tab, click Uninstall. This will remove your optical drive, don't freak out . Now restart your computer and let it detect the optical drive. It should automatically install it again. Try out and see if the disc gets recognized.

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I have a Sony DVD drive that I installed in a Dell desktop computer running Windows XP Pro, a pentium lll 500 MHZ processor and 384 MB of RAM. Everything installed correctly and the drive was listed in the device manager and in "My Computer" as DVD DRIVE. I also added the correct video codecs so it would work. When I inserted A DVD, it would not read it. (I get this windows message "please insert DVD INTO DRIVE D") I tried the same experiment with a CD and IT WORKED FINE. Not only that, the same drive also writes CD's perfectly. But it just wont recognise DVD's. Very, very strange. I checked the cables and jumpers, everything is as it should be. I dont know whats going on here. Do I need a firmware upgrade or somthing like that?. Please help if you can. Thanks a million.

Answer:DVD drive wont read DVD's.

Is it a pre-recorded DVD ? If it is a previously blank DVD-or+R it may just be that that particular brand (or more accurately , the dye used by the manufacturers) doesnt agree with your dvd drive . If that's the case then try a different brand . I used a specific brand of blanks for years with great results then all of a sudden they stopped working and i got the same 'no disc inserted' message . The company had changed their supply to a different manufacturer ...

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Well its slightly frustrating, as its something i feel like i have to pay for.

Basically a few months ago my DVD drive stopped reading most dvd discs, most notably the ones that required a fast speed, such as games and dvd films. But i noticed cd-roms like installation cd's worked.

Now though, not even that works, its nothing to do with the cd's as i of course have another drive (a cd-r) and all cd roms work with it. Many may say then that something may be wrong with my dvds...Well its when i noticed something was seriously wrong with it when i bought a game and it didnt even read it.

To make it worse, it attempts to read it, takes about a minute, soundsl ike it is powering up (as if installation is about to start, disc icon spinning) then it just freezes the window. To make it worse, if i were to close the window and go to my computer to see the drive, it just has "DVD-RW Drive" as if there is no cd in it.

I try a Windows Update and of course, like it does for every driver it seems, it cannot find one. I assume i have to get it from the specific website.

So i did do so (get it off the specific site) and tryied to go through the methods, and then i created a bootable cd, only to restart the pc, and it attempted to do a firmware update and failed.

So cna anyone help. My complete model number for the drive is below. I really dont want to buy a new drive.


Answer:DVD-RW Drive wont read

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Question: Wont read CD Drive

I have Windows ME and it wont read my CD drive E: i think it is and i put a cd in and i even try to access it from my computer by clicking on the drive and it tells me to insert CD .....when i put the cd in the light goes on and i hear it work....any suggestions? PLEAsE ASAP!!

Answer:Wont read CD Drive

and it makes a clicky sound a few times then the light goes off

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I just come across this forum while looking for a solution to my problem, it looks a great place for help!

My pc is a HP Pavillion The dvd writer drive, (a dvd writer 630 i think) has decided to overnight, stop reading any kind of disc. It attempts to but just makes a kind of clicking noise instead of spinning. The drive is recognised by the pc and the device status says its working properly.

Is it fixable or should I just buy a new writer. I do use quite a lot so is it possible its just worn out? I do have an older paviillion base unit which died on me, could I in theory swop the drives over?

That leads to my next question. Whether a buy a replacement drive or can use the one from the older pc, is it a job I can do or should I get a pc repair shop to do it? Id like to try and do it myself if i can, Ive been looking on the net for a guide but havent found much.

Id be very grateful for any help from anyone

Answer:Help! Dvd-rom drive wont read!


One thing to try if you have a Windows disc or a HP recovery disc is to set the computer to boot from the CD?DVD drive. If your computer can read the disc preWindows it eliminates the problem that Windows is causing this to happen. Obviously do not run any of the recovery just see if it reads it and get out of there.

You can also go into Device Manager and uninstall the drive, exit and reboot and let Windows install it. Check all cables inside the computer that go to the drive.

Do you have installed any third party programs that involve the drive like Nero?

If it still doesn't work it is easy enough to install a new DVD drive and we can help you with that.

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I have windows XP and my D drive refuses to read any cd's. I hear it spinning, but when I click on the icon in My Computer, it asks me to insert a CD. I have a "Matshita DVD-RAM UJ-841s" running on a Toshiba lap top (1 year old).

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Every time I put a CD into the drive is spits it back out. It dosent matter if it is a blank or a original copy. What should i do?

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 :-? Hi my computer isnt reading burned cds that i burned like a music remix or my data cds that i burned. Please help me!My computer infoIntel Pentium 4 Processor 2.66 GHznvidea gf card512 mb ram120 gb hard drivewindows xp professional sp2DVD + RW / CD-RW Multi Format Drive

Answer:dvd drive wont read cds

Did you burn the CDs on the same system you are trying to view or play them on?What burning software did you use to make the music and/or data files?

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Question: CD Drive wont read

My cd drive wont read any type of cd, it just starts reading and then it stops and the light start blinking i already tried uninstalling and reinstalling the drives but nothing i even tried cleaning the cd lens but it wont read a cd cd cleaner I dont know what else to do

Answer:CD Drive wont read

did you try reinstalling the CD drivers

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Regards JAMES

Answer:Dvd Drive Wont Read Any Dvd/cd!please Help!!

Are both drives on the same IDE cable? If not try swapping the cables. It could also be that the drive went bad. Can you put it in another computer to test?

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I've used this forum before and you guys are great :)

I have a Sony PCG-R505GL (Laptop just over 3 years old)
The CD and floppy drives are on the docking station.

Today i was burning media of my computer on CDR.

Then afterwards my computer treats all CD's as blank CD's. When I open up the drive on my computer, it lets me drag files into the folder and burn them as you would normally. If the CD already has data I get an error saying that there is no space to burn.

So if I put in a music CD or game CD it does not read any of the files or music.

If i try to boot the computer off a boot cd during start up it wont work either, as the computer does not recognize the CD/DVD drive.

I can Read and play DVD files fine, its just CD's that wont work.

any help would be appreciated.

Answer:CD/DVD Drive wont read CD's

This sounds like a hardware or firmware failure. In think you need to take the thing in and let a Sony laptop technician look at it.

But, let me troubleshoot the thing anywayL: You never know, we might get lucky.

OK, answer these questions for me:

What antivirus are your runing on that laptop?
Have you ever used a Sony music CD on that laptop? (I know, seems like an odd question, but there's a very serious problem with some Sony music CDs... they install a rootkit)
Have you checked the BIOS battery? After three years it may be time to get an new one.
Have you installed any PC games that use the "Starforce" copy-protection scheme? (If you don't know, just list the PC games that have been installed on that laptop and I'll let you know if you've been "starforced" or not.)

Ok, answer those questions for me and I'll see what I can do for you.

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As you might not know my drives are bleep my disk drive is totaly ripped out and my dvd can open and close it reads cds but ive ben trying dvds and it will not read dvds well first off my dvd drive d: thing wont even show up

Answer:Dvd Drive Wont Read

Same discussion going on in the following thread:

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I currently built a new computer within the last couple days. At first I had problems getting past the bios but quickly figured out that having both dvd rom drives plugged in was the problem. I installed windows flawlessly. I figured that once I installed winblows that it would fix the problem with  the dvd rom drive. When I have both drives plugged in the computer wont load past the bios screen what could be the problem? I have tried using different boot sequences but still does not solve the problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated.SYSTEM SPECS:AMD Opteron Dual Core 170 Socket 939Tyan s2866 tomcat k8e-sli motherboardRadeon 1650 pro 512 pci expressSAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive2X CORSAIR XMS 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200)2x SAMSUNG 18X DVD?R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black IDE Model SH-S182M/BEBE

Answer:2nd DVD-Rw Drive Wont Read

How do you have your drives connected ? ?And how are they jumpered ? ?Use IDE 1 for any HDD's.Use IDE 2 for the DVD drives. The one connected to the end of the ribbon cable should be jumpered as master and the one on the middle connector should be slave.You will see the markings on the rear of each drive next to the Molex power connector.

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I'm a first time poster with absolutely no other place to turn. I have a Dell Inspirion E1505 with Windows Vista Home Premium. I recently purchased a new game, and my computer simply refuses to read it, along with other CDs. When I look in My Computer, the computer recognizes that a CD is present (the icon changes and says CD-Rom), but if I click on the drive, it asks me to drag files to place on the perceived empty disk. This occurs for both audio and data CDs, but not for DVDs. Before I go through the list of fixes I've tried, whenever I reference my sister's computer, her computer is the EXACT same as mine; her hardware and OS are the same, the only difference being software. Now, the fixes I've tried:

1) I tried the Upper and Lower Filter registry fix, which allowed the drive to read DVDs, but still not CDs.

2) Game works on other computers, including my sisters.

3) Swap CD drive with my sister's computer. The game still does not work on my computer, and still works on her.

3) Swap hard drives between our laptops. When her hard drive is in my laptop, the game runs fine with either drive. When my hard drive is in her computer, the game does not run with either drive.

4) Run both computers in safe mode. Runs on her computer and on my computer with her hard drive; does not run on either computer with my hard drive.

5) Now I'm using a completely different DVD drive in my computer, but still no luck. *EDIT* The game als... Read more

Answer:DVD drive wont read cds

Back up your important data and do a System Restore...

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My dvd drive in my Emachines laptop cant read data disks anymore, but it can read/play music and video dvds without any problem.

I have an Emachines D732z. I have Windows XP and drive is hl-dt-st dvdram gt32n.

I'm unsure of the cause of the problem. Can anybody help out? thanks!

Answer:DVD drive can read video dvds but cant read data disks.

Are the Data discs CD's? When you say Musicand video dvd's do you mean Music Cds and Video dvds?

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I recently installed vista and then right after uninstaller it because it would not pick up my video card and the screen was always black. Befor i went back to xp i burned a backup disc with vista built in burner.

now when i try to read the disc on xp there is nothing on the disc.
I just dragged the stuff i wanted to the disc and it burned it.

did i need to finalize the disc with vista?
Is there some way i can finalize it with xp so i can read the disc?
or something i can do to read the disc with xp?

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I saved all of my pictures from XP onto a disk. I was thinking that I could just transfer once I got my new rig built. For some reason in Vista I cannot read this disk or get my pictures off of it. Any ideas?

Answer:Can't read xp burned disk in Vista?

Can you try it in another computer? Can you open a DOS prompt and try to access the disc that way?

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I recently installed vista and then right after uninstaller it because it would not pick up my video card and the screen was always black. Befor i went back to xp i burned a backup disc with vista built in burner.

now when i try to read the disc on xp there is nothing on the disc.
I just dragged the stuff i wanted to the disc and it burned it.

did i need to finalize the disc with vista?
Is there some way i can finalize it with xp so i can read the disc?
or something i can do to read the disc with xp?

Answer:can't read vista burned disk

Until now. there is no capable software of finalising a cd/dvd when hasn't been finalised in burn operation. I don't know at all.

Mike from Greece, 14

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As of late my PC has been going very slow, stuttering, freezing for a minute occasionally, and sometimes when I restart I get a disk read error that requires me to turn the PC off and on again. I ran check disk using command prompt, it got to 12% before it said it had found corrupt files, now it gets up to 37% verification before it finds corrupt files but cannot repair them.

I tried running system repair from the windows 7 disk, but it fails. I've used western digital to run tests on my hard drive, but there were no problems found.

dont know how to fix this now, i've been told its probably the hard drive failing but the scan says otherwise. I can really tell how it takes a lot longer to boot up, log in, even open internet browser takes a lot longer than before.

help appreciated

Answer:Check disk failing, disk read errors, blue screen, computer going slow

Are you running the Western Digital Data Lifeguard CD ISO (extract first) burned to CD using WIndows Image burner, then booted to run the Extended Scan? This should give you a definitive diagnosis of the HD, which appears from the Disk CHeck to be failing.

If the HD checks out I would do is try a perfect test Clean Reinstall to the same or another HD to know for sure.

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I am having problems with my satellite A30/dvd/cdrw drive (TEAC DW-224E-A), it wont read dvd's but will read cd's and cd rom's. The drive will spin looking for the dvd but it wont find it and when I try to start the dvd via my computer menu it says the drives empty.

I have checked that the drive is enabled and it says that the drive is working correctly. I have also tried original and copied dvd's

It used to work fine but stopped all of a sudden,

Has anyone any tips please!!!

Answer:Satellite A30 wont read dvd's but will read cd/cd rom's


Try to remove the drive from the device manager.
After notebook rebooting the OS should recognizes the drive again.
Maybe it helps.

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So I just bought Warhammer Online:Age of Reckoning, brought it home and put it in the disk tray. When I clicked on DVD-RAM drive (D: ) it says there's nothing there. I did the same thing with spore and nothing shows up. I'm using Windows XP service pack two, and as far as I know my computer meets all the requirements. Please, if someone could help?

Answer:Disk drive won't read disks in disk tray

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I have a Toshiba Satellite 2435-S255. My cd-ROM has stopped working since I tried copying one of my children's games. I thought I would make a spare for my kids to both be able to play. I tried everything to get it to work again. I even called the company that made the game and told them what I did. They said it was not their software, that they have no copy right protection that would do that. Since then I have made a mess of my computer. I have restored it a million times in the system restore program. It is playing DVD's but no data cd's will play and it does not register any blank cd's. I went out and bought a Memorex external USB disk drive and recorder. I just want to recover my computer to factory settings using the recovery disks I have. The TEAC disk drive in the Toshiba wont read the recovery disks at all and the external drive reads the disk but when it reboots it looks for the disk in the internal and wont registers the USB drive automatically. I'm hoping their is a way to bypass the reboot and just start the recovery or any other solution. I even reassigned the drive letter and have since put it back to original.

Answer:My disk drive won't read my recover disk or any other data. HELP

Check and see if Toshiba has the restore info on a hidden partition and how to proceed using it...most laptop manuf. set them up this way.

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My friend has just upgraded from win 2000 to xp .now his dvd drive is not being detected by xp ,it is on boot up but not when windows is active.He has a 120 gig drive partitioned into 3 .Is it possible to put a full version on one of the partitions ,then on boot up choose this drive then when up and running can the other xp be removed.

Answer:win xp upgrade wont read dvd drive

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hi my cd/dvd combo drive reads dvds but not cds any ideas?

Answer:CD/DVD combo drive wont read cds

this is a faulty drive - they hav e 2 sets of lasers and 1 for cds is not working correctly. Go to the makers site and read the faqs. I had 1 like this and they replaced it.

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HelloI have recently been wanting to burn a movie onto a DVD. I downloaded a burning program and inserted a blank DVD. But my Drive would not read the disk and kept telling me to insert a writeable media. My drive is a: Toshiba DVD-ROM SD-R1202I did some research and found out that there are different types of DVD disk. DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW. I did some more research to find out what my drive accepts and found out that it accepts them all. I have heard many things that could be wrong:Some brands of DVD may not be recognised (I am using Tesco DVD's)A DVD ROM driver wont recognise a blank DVD (my driver is a DVD ROM)Are these statements true or is there another reason.Thanks for your help

Answer:CD/DVD Drive Wont Read Blank DVD's

You will NEVER burn a disk using a DVD-ROM drive - it's read only. It certainly won't be able to read a blank disk either as there's nothing on it...:-)You need a DVD rewriter, which will also be able to write to CDs.A new, top brand DVD rewriter is under 20 these days.

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Hi. I put some files on a DVD+R disc on a computer and then put the disk into another compter, and the hard drive does not see the contents on the disk. I have done the exact same process before with no problem and just need some suggestions as to how I can find the data.

Answer:Hard Drive wont read DVD+R

Post this thread in "removable media" and you may get more attention.

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Hello,I recently upgraded mty sony VGN-FW11s laptop from Vista to win 7 (64 bit), but since i've tried Blurays, ive only just found out they dont work - and the drive is "inacessable". I searhed everywhere for them, including sony, but all to no avail. Can anyone help me ont this one?, or i "may" go back to Vista i think, as Blu-ray "loss" is quite a big one (it is/was a re-writer one too.Drive is """MATSITA BD-MLT UJ-220S USB DEVICE""(it says "usb" device, not sure if thats right though).TIAKorgY

Answer:Blu-ray drive wont "read" (w7), MATSHITA

Presume you have lookedclick here

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Right out of the blue, my C drive wont read discs, music, software or otherwise, this has never happened before, before posting this I have run all kinds of virus programs, any suggestions? I am on Wondows XP.....

Answer:Drive Wont Read Disc's

The C Drive is a hard drive. If you can't read a disc in an optical drive that is another matter. Please list a lot more specifics like what drive you were trying to access, etc. See below.

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I have an Advent Laptop, the DVD drive is a slimtype DVD RW SOSW-833S. I am not brilliant with computers and have tried everything I have seen written to fix it. Iv deleted the upper and lowrr filters, didnt work. Reinstalled them, still didnt work. Reinstalled Itunes, didnt work. Iv run different diagnostics, they all say that the drive is working properly. Iv tried system restore, didnt work. I cant play games, dvds, cds or burn anything. When there is a disc in the drive it still tells me to insert one. Im at my wits end!! Please....any suggestions greatly appreciated. Samantha

Answer:My Drive wont read ANY disc!! PLEASE HELP!!

Hello, have you checked the BIOS chipset drivers yet ? Run free program of Speccy : Speccy - Download . Get free version, look at the motherboard information and take note of Bios information, you may need to go to the motherboard manufacture or the computer manufacture, get latest Bios chipset for your computer and motherboard type, and if needed , go ahead and install new ones, you may have a driver issue or you may not, I got my chipset from my computer manufacture, which would be my first choice. See if this helps out, failing the chipset drivers being bad, with all the other diagnostics you have done, it would seem as if the drive is having hardware issues.

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I have an ASUS CD-S520/A5 (ASUS 52X CD-ROM) drive that reads commercial CD's fine (Quickbooks, etc) but wont read blank CD-RW's right out of the box. The guy I bought the computer from said I had the right hardware. Did I get hoodwinked?Thanks. New to the site.Rick

Answer:CD Drive wont read CD-RW discs

Well you might find blank CD-RW's will have Little Use in a CD Rom DriveThe drive you have there cant write to any kind of disk, its Read only.

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I Have a Sony Vaio PVC-RX 860 with:
The Newest Version Of Bios
XP Pro
I have the Hard drive set as the master and the new Burner (a Liteon) and Poineer Dvd Rom as the slave and it wont recognize the new burner.... I tried putting it on auto select as well as making it the master and the h/d and Rom Drive as the slaves and still nothing. With the hardrive as the master when I pull up windows the new hardware wizard pulls up but I cant find and drivers for it online/ already imbedded in windows. Any Ideas or suggestions? THis is the first time I have ever had this happen.... Thanks for and Suggestions.... oh and fyi..... I am at work and cant remember the exact model of the burner..... sorry....

Answer:Wont Read New DVDdl Drive.....

you said " I have the Hard drive set as the master and the new Burner (a Liteon) and Poineer Dvd Rom as the slave" you can have only one set as slave...if the second is on a second cable it needs to be set as master and put on the end connecter of the cable

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My mates DVD drive wont read COD4, he has tried on other website, but I thought I would give this one a go :cool here is what he said

My DVD drive does not see or read the COD4 DVD, so following info from Activision?s site, and several forums?.

I updated all drivers; I also found applied all firmware updates, from the Compaq UK website, including the Bios.
I could not find a firmware update for this particular HP OMD DVD drive, plenty of others from JLM but not this specific model.

I have applied the DMA settings recommended by Activision.

In desperation, after following one particular thread from a DVD user group, we went out and bought a brand new DVD drive, a Samsung.

This was because one user was told, your drive is too old go buy a new one.
Needless to say it did not work.

Apparently COD4 is not compatible with some DVD drives, but I cannot find a definitive list.

COD4 uses SecuROM protection which means you can?t use any software that can emulate a disk drive.
Old versions of Nero are most likely to fall foul of SecuRom, but it is not running on this PC, nor any other software emulation.

The spec below is for CROW?s PC.
Compaq Presario 6520UK Desktop
Windows XP SP3
Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz, 2.0GB Ram
ATI Radeon 2400
SoundBlaster 24


Any ideas?

Also his disc plays on my pc so it isnt the disc.

Please help

Answer:My DVD Drive Wont Read COD4

anyone please?

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Hi my laptop DVD+RAM Drive will not read media cd's but will on data Cd's, any idea what i can do?

Answer:CD Drive Wont Read Media CD's

Can we have just a little bit more information

Laptop type
Operating System Xp version
Have they worked before etc etc.


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Hi ive got an MSI DR8-A2 8*DVD writer and i have had it for about 3 mnths
recently the dvd drive has stopped reading and writing dvds but will still read cds
i have updated the drive firmware and tested it in two computers and it shows the same symptoms in both any ideas what could be causing this?

both computers were running windows xp home SP1.


Answer:dvd-rw drive wont write/read dvd!!

If the drive fails to read DVD's in two computers then its toast - drives fail all the time. If its only 3 months old you should be able to return it under warranty.

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Well, that isn't strictly true, it will read one and only one of my disks.

On every other disk I insert, I go into the Drive, and it says 'Please insert disk into drive D:' when I already have a disk in it. But with this one disk, which is only a game, it recognises it. I don't know if this is the problem, but I have left that disk in for a while, without taking it out even when I turned the computer ona and off.

Can anyone help?

Answer:CD/DVD Drive wont read any disks!

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windows xp pro. 2.4ghz 512mb ddr. i have 2 drives 1 samsung dvd/cd-rom sm-308b, and a liteon ltr52327s. all of a sudden my samsung wont read cd-roms or audio cds but will play dvds. they have both worked ok since ive had them, just this one drive has gone silly. i have tried lots of cds and ive tried updateing the driver. please help, thanks very much.

Answer:dvd drive wont read stuff.

It could well be that the CD laser has given up the ghost but the DVD equivalent is still OK.The only driver you need is the generic Windows CDROM driver for all such drives, including CD, DVD and rewriters.

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unfortunately i moved all my photos and music on to slave hard drive 320 g seagate
then deleted what didnt look like was necessary on slave drive then unplugged and repartitioned main hard drive 74g 10000 rpm loaded vista which is fine but wont read or populate slave hard drive tried on other computer running xp but no luck imight of deleted a cache file on the slave if thats any help. now you can see why why logon name suits
if any one can help would appreciate it baby photos on there cant tell mum

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I have been given a sony vaio vgn fe31z laptop without a hard drive and have fitted a new driver and installed windows xp home edition from a cd I had kept from an old pc which has sincew been recycled.
Over the last few days I have installed all the windows updates up to sp3 (which was a monster job) as well as the utilities and drivers from the sony website for my model.
There are no problems in device manager and the system appears to be working ok apart from one thing - the dvdrw drive will now not read dvds or cds.
I have done a bit of research on this as it is a known issue with xp, but have not been able to solve it. I have done the folowing;
tried to find the other drivers unsucessfully
tried to apply a fix which involves editing the registry but the upper values and lower values are not there.
Run microsoft fixit - which doesn't.
Uninstalled and reinstalled it.
I have run out of ideas and am now tearing my hair out.
I know the drive works as I used it to install windows but since that I have installed hundreds of updates from windows updates, so I don't know when it stopped reading disks.
Windows tells me it is a Matshika dvd ram uj-850s but it states on the drive that its a panasonic uj-850.
Your help would be most appreciated

Answer:DVD Drive wont read disks - help please

When you used the drive for installing XP I bet it was from a CD and not a DVD. Some drives have separate lasers for the CD and DVD operation and it may well be that the DVD section is not working. Check again with both a CD and a DVD, I know you said that it is not reading CD's but it is worth another try. Probably a new drive is needed.
From this link it seems that your DVD drive is dual layer.

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This is causing me major grief at the moment!! I have an Acer Aspire 1670 Laptop at the moment. It is fitted with a Pioneer DVD - RW DVR-K14 RA DVD drive. My problem is this....When I load a blank DVD-RW disc into the drive in my computer and go to My Computer Screen the DVD drive is shown as empty. When I try to copy files to it I get a box telling me there is a problem copying. When I load in a DVD Movie, No problems at all and it shows up in My Computer with disc size and everything. I just dont get whats wrong with it. Any experts out there can help me please?

Answer:DVD Drive wont read blank DVD -RW

Well friend, there are some disks which are already bad or not working properly. Do try different disk. I am sure that it will work with some other DISK.Bye...

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