DVD writer does not recognise DVD but reads CDs

  Geekers 18:30 25 Oct 2007

Have had this recurring problem. DVD writers are LG RAM drive and Pioneer 112D.

CDs work OK, but prone to blue screen of death.

Thought it was caused by Roxio EasyCD5 and Norton Antivirus, got rid of these, worked OK for a while but now DVDs stopped working.

Machine is Dell Dimension 2400, running XPPro Service Pack 2, with lots of programs loaded. Thinking of reinstalling Windows but concerned about losing all the updates.


  ambra4 00:22 26 Oct 2007

Try doing a repair of XP first before doing a reinstall

  Geekers 15:13 26 Oct 2007

I'm not sure how to do that, but I do have an XP book.

The odd thing is that Nero etc will copy/write to DVD disks, and recognizes when they are blank disks.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:15 26 Oct 2007

Repair XP

OPTION 1 - Repair XP by replacing corrupt files

sfc /scannow

in the run box, press enter and let system file checker find and replace missing / corrupt file in windows and explorer.This will take awhile to complete and you may be asked for the CD to be in the drive if windows is not preinstalled on the hard drive.

sfc /scannow problems
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OPTION 2 - Repair XP by install over the top of existing systm

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.

DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.

6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

Repair XP
click here

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