can a virus stop a cdrom from writing

November 9, 2010 at 11:29:45
Specs: Windows XP, socketed Intel® Celeron™ microprocessor/512
Can a virus stop a cd rom from writing? Mine was working great then all of a sudden it would not write and when I want to read something from it I have to go to my computer click on the cd icon then click on the file I Want to open.any suggestions would be appreciated.

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November 9, 2010 at 12:29:18
I tend to try live cd's such as bartsPE or UBCD4win or any linux live cd. Short of that we can't guess. I'd suspect the drive failed but it could easily be the OS causing it. I tend to doubt a virus.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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November 9, 2010 at 13:39:42
It is possible for a virus to most anything related to your computer. That said, there is probably a more likely reason for the current behavior.

How do you know the drive will no longer burn disks? The fact that an optical drive doesn't automatically open and display files or play files doesn't indicate there is anything wrong with the drive. Not if you can access the files by using explorer.

That is simply a setting in Windows that got changed for some reason.

Back to writing (burning) disks. Did you recently install or remove any optical writing programs? Install or remove any scanners or all in one printers? Reinstall Windows?

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