Cd Burner will not burn or read data cds

Dell Dimension e510 desktop
November 27, 2010 at 20:45:48
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium4/1.0gb Ram
Hi. I am using a Dell Dimension e510. It will 5 years old in February. I am having a problem burning pictures onto a cd. I was using Nero and everytime I tried to burn a cd, it failed. Thinking Nero was the problem, I uninstalled and installed CDBurner XP. I am having the same problem. It will start to sound and look like it is burning but then always comes up with a failure message. Most of the time it is along the lines of 'media not recognized...'. I am using CD-R's and have even tried using different brands, all to no avail. I tried downloading driver updates and any kind of updates Dell had for me, but it is still not working. Please help!!! Thank you!!

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#1
November 27, 2010 at 20:51:45
Is your drive a combo CDRW/DVDRW? If so, can you burn DVDR media?

Can the drive READ both CD & DVD media?


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#2
November 27, 2010 at 21:00:17
I dont think it is...I think it is just a cd burner. I am not sure though. When I do try and burn cd's, it eventually fails but then when the cd is reinserted, the disk reads as full but will not play anything. Also, when looking at the d drive through my computer, it often causes my computer to crash or stop working. But if I put a store bought music cd in, it does read that and works fine, it just will not burn data cds. Driving me crazy as I have gone thru numerous cds.

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#3
November 27, 2010 at 21:04:49
I apologize...it is a cd/dvd burner. So I just inserted a dvd movie. It has not played yet and all the desktop icons kind of faded out when I inserted it, but then came back. 'My computer' is now hanging which, I am guessing means it is not going to play the dvd.

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#4
November 27, 2010 at 21:11:43
Your laser lens is dirty or your laser is getting worn out or some of each. You can try cleaning the lens. You can buy lens cleaning kits but in this case I would recommend you just bin that drive. Look at the link below for a replacement drive. Get a CD/DVD burner. You need to determine if you need an IDE/ATA type (wide white ribbon connection) or SATA (small almost round usually red cable). Yours is probably IDE/ATA. Be sure to order the same type. Read the reviews. Some even have free shipping.

http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCate...


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#5
November 27, 2010 at 21:17:45
Okay. Thank you so much!!! I am hoping that is all it is. I know 5 years is a long time for computers, but I just want to hold onto it a little bit longer...at least thru Christmas!! Thanks again, I am going to try that.

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#6
December 1, 2010 at 13:09:13
Ok. I am confused again. I figured out that I do have an ide/ata burner. We took it out and I went to local stores to buy one in an effort to speed the process. They were much more expensive than the link you sent me so now I am back here. I don't know if I am looking in correctly, but I do not see one that is ide/ata. They all look like they are sata to me. The prices on the link you sent are great. If you could just advise me a few that would work for me with ide/ata....that would be really great. Sorry to bother you with this again. :o)

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#7
December 1, 2010 at 15:49:43
All the drives in the link below art IDE/ATA which is what you need. Some are lightscribe capable. That means they can burn a label directly to the disk if you use lightscribe disks. I am not suggesting you buy that feature. Just explaining what it is. You would still need software for labels. The disks are more expensive and it will wear the drive out faster. Doesn't appear there are any in beige, which you might need, don't know. If you do go through and look at the details for each drive. Pictures will show you if anything more comes with them. I wouldn't recommend getting a recertified drive. Look for cheap or free shipping. Liteon is a good dependable drive IMO.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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