XP has suddenly stopped burning discs

  sharpeyes 15:47 18 Jan 2014
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My computer (XP) has suddenly stopped burning discs. I've fitted a replacement CD/DVD drive and also bought and connected up an external CD/DVD drive with no success. A few weeks ago I had a box pop up which said that there was a problem with the drive and that I should click to fix, which I did. If I use Microsoft Fix It, it says that the CD/DVD drives are not capapble of burning, but they are. I'm a completely useless with computers so haven't got much of a clue.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:16 18 Jan 2014

XP will only burn CDs not DVDs

for DVDs you need a third party burner

Exactly what error message do you get?

some info

  sharpeyes 19:59 18 Jan 2014

How have I been burning CDs and DVDs for the last few years then? As said , there was a problem with the CD/DVD drive and click a box to fix, which I did.

  rdave13 20:06 18 Jan 2014

What dvd burner program do you have?

  sharpeyes 22:42 18 Jan 2014

I've been burning using Elements 9 and Nero. It doesn't matter the computer WILL NOT burn CDs or DVDs any more. As said, the Microsoft Fix It Centre tells me that none of the CD/DVD drives are capable of burning, when the are. They can/will play but not burn.

  rdave13 22:48 18 Jan 2014

Try uninstalling Nero then run Ccleaner. Reboot and install CDBurnerXP. Different interface but will burn DVDs as well as CDs. Worth a go.

  sharpeyes 08:56 19 Jan 2014

But the computer refuses to recognize 3 CD/DVD drives as units capable of burning, only as read only units. PSE9 does not even show a CD/DVD drive as being present.The whole system, all programs, refuse to burn, not just Nero.

  lotvic 10:10 19 Jan 2014

Check the 'Drive Type' data value is set to (2) in the Registry. HKEYCURRENTUSER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CD Burning\Drives

Details and more info: ClickHere Microsoft.com

  michaelw 10:11 19 Jan 2014

Take it back to 'last known good configuration' on bootup by tapping F8.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:45 19 Jan 2014

Start - Run - type services.msc - press OK check Gear Security Service and IMAPI CD Burning COM service is set to automatic or manual

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