CD Reader-Burner not recognizing certain CDs

Pioneer Pioneer dvdrw dvr- 111d 16x8x8x6...
September 20, 2011 at 08:46:41
Specs: Windows 32 bit Vista , 3/1G
My Toshiba Notebook Satellite P205-S6267 has a Vista OS & a Pioneer DVD-RW DUR-K17LF-(SM) Device. The DVD portion reads and burns perfectly. The CD portion perfectly reads CDs that were created on another computer with an XP (with SP2) OS a few years ago. But it will not even detect a blank CD in this notebook; it repeatedly tries to detect the disc when it is inserted, then spits it out with a message to insert a disk. I tried different brand CDs (Sony, Memorex, Staples) with different speeds, updated the CD Rom drivers and removed the device Upper & Lower Filters (as recommended by Microsoft), and downloaded Microsoft's FixIt web site program, all without success.

Now I'm wondering if disc formatting is the problem. Please advise.

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#1
September 20, 2011 at 11:31:04
Are these blank CD's CD-R, CD+R, CD-RW or CD+RW?

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#2
September 20, 2011 at 14:55:20
They are CD-R

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#3
September 20, 2011 at 16:41:55
You seem to have done everything I might have suggested. About the only thing left is the DVD/CD drive itself. The early drives had two lenses but modern ones have only one. You could try a lens cleaning kit for CD drives but it might be the drive electronics, which have to react differently to CD's and DVD's.

Formatting might well be implicated but of-course CD-R and CD+R are not formatted before use like CD-RW and CD+RW. It would be "interesting" to know how it gets on with re-writeables, although I'm not sure what it would prove.

DVD/CD drives are not usually fussy about the "- or +" these days, despite them being pushed out by two different groups of companies. Worth trying a CD+R though, if you can get your hands on one, just to see if it does any better.

Keep watching tho, maybe someone else will come up with some inspiration.

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