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Q: Cd-rom won't cd-r ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Cd-rom won't cd-r
Category: Computers > Hardware
Asked by: xaevir-ga
List Price: $7.00
Posted: 12 Sep 2006 12:14 PDT
Expires: 12 Oct 2006 12:14 PDT
Question ID: 764574
It will read music cd's and DVD'd but it wiln not read blank cd's or
blank cd's that have been formatted. I have a Dell Inspiron 700m with
Windows XP. In the Device Manager under DVD/CD-ROM drives it says:
1. NX3726K PRC520T SCSI CDRom Device
Is there a new driver I could get? Would it read blank DVD's. Could I
burn to blank DVD's. I don't want to but new hardware. Thank You.
Subject: Re: Cd-rom won't cd-r
Answered By: gregaw-ga on 13 Sep 2006 09:42 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
It looks to me like you have at drive that is only capable of reading
CD's.  If a drive is capable of writing to a disk, either CD or DVD,
it will be designated by a "-R" or "-RW" after it.  It will usually
say on the front of the drive.  If it only says "DVD-ROM" then it you
have that is only good for reading disks, both CD and DVD.  Since it
can only read disks it will not recognize a blank (or formatted disk
that has nothing on it) because there is not yet any data to read.
"CD-R is a short form of "CD-Recordable", meaning recordable CD. In
the past, users could only read the data on a CD-ROM"

I couldn't find any information on the first item listed in your
device manager.  However, I was able to confirm that your second drive
listed is only for reading:
(open the link above and click on the "Slim-line Internal Models" at
the left side of your screen.  Your model is the DV28E.

Is there a reason you believe this drive should be able to write cd's?
 The front of the drive usually says "CD-R" or "CD-RW" somewhere on it
please let me know.  If you do find this please find the actual model
number of the drive that is installed your computer by removing the
drive from the case and finding the sticker that indicates what model
it is.

Please let me know if you need any further information by posting a
request for clarification.  I will be glad to assist you further.


Request for Answer Clarification by xaevir-ga on 19 Sep 2006 18:37 PDT
I can't believe that I only bought a DVD reader. Thanks for the help.

Clarification of Answer by gregaw-ga on 20 Sep 2006 11:17 PDT
Glad I could help,  Thanks for the tip!
xaevir-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $1.00

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