drive won't read any disc.

March 18, 2012 at 11:13:46
Specs: Windows XP
What caused my dvd/cd rom drive to change to a dvd ram drive and how do i get it back to a rom drive?

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#1
March 18, 2012 at 11:38:20
What is the make and model of your brand name system computer, or if you have a generic desktop computer, what is the make and model of your mboard ?
The model, sometimes the make, of a mboard in a generic desktop system is usually printed on the mboard's surface in obvious larger characters, often between the slots.

The label you see for a CD or DVD drive can have several different labels depending on where you look in Windows when it has no disk inserted in it, and when you insert a disk in it, either the label is the type of disk you inserted that Windows has detected, or it has the volume label for the disk that was specified for it on the disk.

E.g. a DVD-Ram disk inserted in any DVD drive that can detect it's type will have the DVD-Ram label for the drive if there is no volume label specified for the disk on the disk.

Some DVD drives cannot read DVD-Ram disks. Some CD drives cannot read CD-Ram disks.

Look in Device Manager to see if there is a problem with the combo CD / DVD rom drive.

RIGHT click on My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager.
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New computers haven't come with a combo CD / DVD rom drive for a long time.

If your drive has been used a lot, the motors in CD and DVD drives have cheap sleeve bearings, and eventually those bearings develop wear that causes so much friction such that the drive can no longer spin a disk fast enough for even a legacy audio CD (1X) , or the motor / disk doesn't spin at all. In that case the drive cannot read any disk.

No modern CD or DVD drive has a warranty longer than one year because of that problem.

No spin is easy to test for - insert a disk, note it's position, retract the tray, eject the tray - if it's in the same position the motor is not spinning.
If the drive can no longer spin a disk up to at least 1X speed, it will try to spin but it will eventually stop spinning, and you'll probably see the led stay on for a longer time, or go on and off for a while, before it stops spinning, after a disk has been inserted.

Replacement desktop combo cd/dvd burner drives are cheap.
Replacement laptop or netbook new drives are more money but relatively inexpensive. If your model is really old you may only be able to buy a used drive on the web,
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Never install more than one burning program that did not come with Windows. When more than one is installed, they are likely to clash with each other, and in some cases that causes software problems that results in the drive not being able to read any disk.
(Windows XP has a simple built in burning program.)
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If a bootable CD or DVD is recognized fine when in the drive while booting the computer, when the Boot Order or similar settings are set in the bios Setup so you can boot the computer from a bootable disk, there's nothing wrong with your drive - you have a software problem In Windows.


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#2
March 18, 2012 at 13:06:20
For your information a CD/DVD ROM is not what you want. ROM stands for Read Only Memory.

If your drive is no longer working while in Windows I suggest you boot to a bootable CD or DVD. If the drive reads the disk you can abort the operation. That will tell you if you have a hardware or software problem.

If you have installed and/or uninstalled third party burning programs or scanners your ASPI layer drivers and/or Upper and/or Lower filters may need to be changed.

WinXP can burn CDs natively but not DVDs.


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#3
March 18, 2012 at 14:53:47
Computer is a dell vostro 200 mini and is equipt with dvd/cd rw drive. The drive shows in "my computer " as dvd/ram. In device properties it shows as a rom player, also shows the same under device manager.

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#4
March 18, 2012 at 14:57:05
I have deleted the upper and lower drives in the registry and I would agree that i would want a ram drive. All the info under properties show up as rom.

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#5
March 18, 2012 at 14:58:45
I meant upper/lower FILTERS in the registry as per microsoft.

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#6
March 18, 2012 at 15:15:51
DVD-RAM is a DVD with a format similar to hard disk. Used in some video recorders. Is there a disk in the drive?

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#7
March 18, 2012 at 18:54:24
Are you able to read any CD or DVD now that you've deleted the upper filters and lower filters lines in the registry ?

Those lines are ONLY made in the Registry
- when Windows detects too many data errors when using the drive
- or - when you have more than one burning program that did not come with Windows installed in Windows.

If you haven't cured the problem that caused Windows to insert those lines, they will be inserted again eventually

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" Computer is a dell vostro 200 mini and is equipt with dvd/cd rw drive. The drive shows in "my computer " as dvd/ram. In device properties it shows as a rom player, also shows the same under device manager."

I said ....

"The label you see for a CD or DVD drive can have several different labels depending on where you look in Windows when it has NO DISK INSERTED in it,
and WHEN YOU INSERT A DISK in it, either the label is the type of disk you inserted that Windows has detected, or it has the volume label for the disk that was specified for it on the disk. "

What part of that don't you understand ?

It's NOT relevant what label the drive has regarding whether it can read the disks it was dsigned to read !

The category in Device Manager is ALWAYS DVD / CD-ROM drives

When you open that category, what it lists as a model depends on the PnP ID of the drive

The PnP ID (Plug-n-Play Identification) string is shown by you double clicking on the model listed and them clicking on the Details tab

In my case, I have two LG combo CD / DVD burner drives

HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GSA-4040B
HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GSA-H55L

The model listed does not change there for the same drive.

I've seen other combo CD / DVD burner drives that say DVD-RW there

In my case it also says DVD-RAM for both drives in My Computer or Windows Explorer when there is NO DISK in the drives.

If I have a DVD-ROM disk inserted in my drives and if the disk has no volume label on it, the label changes from DVD-RAM to DVD-ROM in My Computer and Windows Explorer.

If I have a blank CD-R burnable disk in a drive, the label changes from DVD-RAM to CD Drive, and the icon changes to a disk with a small black label with CD-R in white letters on it in Device Manager - in Windows Explorer the same except there's no CD-R on a small black label on the CD icon.


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#8
March 19, 2012 at 05:52:12
What service pack do you have installed on WinXP?

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#9
March 19, 2012 at 07:47:13
By the way, Windows may not detect the optical drive properly if it's an IDE drive
- if you have reloaded Windows from scratch but you have not installed the main chipset drivers for the mboard.
- if you're using a 40 wire data cable for a drive that requires an 80 wire data cable to achieve it's full burst data transfer speed.

Combo DVD burner drives (burn and read both CDs and DVDs) capable of burning a DVD-R or DVD+R disk at 16X or greater require an 80 wire data cable.
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Combo DVD burner drives rated slower than that, all CD / DVD Rom drives, all CD burner / DVD Rom drives, and all CD only drives work fine with a 40 wre data cable if they're the only thing connected to the data cable. If another drive connected to the same data cable requires an 80 wire data cable, a faster combo DVD burner drive or a hard drive capable of UDMA66 burst speeds or greater, then you must use one.


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