Toshiba laptop CD writing problem

  guesswho2 17:43 02 Sep 2006

My daughter has just bought a new Satellite L100 which has a CD/DVD writer.
It came with XP Home edition installed but we can't get it to write to CD. The Task Panel does not show a "Copy to CD" note.
I thought that XP included CD writing capability. We're very unhappy! What's the matter?

  VoG II 17:47 02 Sep 2006

Does click here help?

  palinka 17:53 02 Sep 2006

XP does include CD writing capability - But you access it as you do any other storage device (eg. as you would a floppy disk; or My Documents). So the process is a bit diferent fom earlier OSs.
Test it out like this: open a document; click File>Save As. Give it a name in "File Name" then go to "Save In" & click the down arrow at the end of that box - the list of possible places to save includes "CD-driveE" (yours may be a different letter of the alphabet)Select that and follow the next steps as indicated on-screen.

  guesswho2 20:51 02 Sep 2006

Thanks VoG and palinka.
I eventually solved the problem!
I found RecordNow hidden away under Sonic in Explorer. Not at all obvious.
The trouble was that Toshiba had disabled the Windows "Copy to CD" facility and when I tried to use the general "Copy this file" menu, it just wouldn't work.
Anyhow, now I've put RecordNow on the Start menu so we're OK.

  rick90 22:56 02 Sep 2006

try that on my tosh,cheers .

  Taff™ 08:26 04 Sep 2006

Toshiba laptops have a acility to create DVD-RAM discs. "

You must logically format a DVD-RAM disc before writing files on the disc. Once you have logically formatted a DVD-RAM disc, it can be used to write files just as you would do with a
floppy disk or hard disk."

This is more advanced than the built in XP function which is disabled. Look on your computer for the DVD-RAM folder under Start>All Programs and view the PDF "Using DVD RAM Disc"

It basically means that once you have formatted a suitable DVD disc you can drag and drop files to it as if it were another hard disk.

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