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Old Feb 03, 2005, 05:06 PM
swirliegirl swirliegirl is offline
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Angry cd-rw drive issues

Is there any cd-rw drive experts out there who can help me? The problems that I am having are with my cd-rw drive: My computer manufacturer is emachines and my os is Windows XP Home Edition version 5.1.2600 with the service pack 2 installed. My cd-rw drive cdwriter's is cdwriter IDE4824 and I am using no burning software. I have had my computer for at three years now (it was new when it was purchased) and I have had no problems with the cd drive and the cdwriter until this year when I began to burn some cds for mp3s and data cds for backups (For the first two years I rarely burned any cds). I was burning cds using cd-rs made by fujifilm(unrewritable) and just two months ago I switched from cd-rs to rewritable cd-rws (memorexs) and I was using them for my data backups because of the ease of being able to update info on it by erasing it. Since they were erasable I would move (copy) the data on the disk to the desktop and would update my backup, erase the cd-rw, and then re-write it back to the disk again. But then I began to run into some problems. Now my cd-drive won't recognize any of my cd-rw media! And my cd-drive was supposed to be made for that specific media! When I put the cd-rw in my drive (already burned) I thought maybe there was something wrong with it so I tried another like it (a clear cd-rw with no data, files, or music on it) and none of them work. My cd-drive (or maybe my computer) can't recognize cd-rws (doesn't seem to matter whether it has any data burned onto it). The green light will blink once when one is placed inside the drive but that is all it will do. In the my computer folder the cd-drive shows up as empty and nothing can be re-written to it. All the cd-rws that I have tried have no scratches and I've tried cleaning dust from inside the drive (as best as I can I don't have much experience with computer hardware and only cleaned around the tray that you place the media in), uninstalling and reinstalling the cd-drive driver and nothing has worked. I forgot to mention that sometimes the cd-rw will be recognized if I put into the drive and restart my computer, turn it off and on again, or restarted from hibernation, but when I take it out of the drive again the problem begans again. However I'm having no problems with cd-rs, my restore cds, music cds, burned music cds that I made (cdrs), or manufactured cds. I've tried researching this problem on Google but I can't find a solution and still don't know what is causing this problem. As I mentioned before I'm not good with computer hardware and I'm hoping someone here can give me a solution that so I won't have to tamper with my cd-drive hardware or purchase a new cd-drive. I do want to gain experience with it but with caution. Does anyone have a solution before I decide to pull the plug on my cd-rw drive? Any help would be a big help!

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