XP recognising DVD as CD

  Doc2 08:19 13 May 2009

What is going on? Two of my XP machines (patched up to date) (one at home, one at work) have started recognising blank DVD+R and DVD-R as CDs - in Windows explorer/My Computer DVD-RW drive (E:) is listed, changes to CD Drive (E:) on insertion of blank DVD media. Doesn't seem to be a problem with +RW -RW or RAM. I've Googled and checked out MS support, and the problem seems well recognised, but I've been unable to find a) a reason, or b) a reliable fix. Tried different brands of media etc - all the usual common sense stuff, to no avail. Anyone any clues? Thanks.

  eedcam 08:40 13 May 2009

Mines always shows as cd drive without putting a dvd in just windows incompetence and its not a problem if you use proper software and or burners which is practically anything that is not to do with M/soft.They will all show the proper drive
Even if you click on properties for the Said CD drive it shows the proper drive under hardware

  Stuartli 15:57 13 May 2009

XP reveals both my DVD-RW and DVD-ROM drives correctly in My Computer, but whether they are CD or DVD such devices are recognised as optical drives and use the same basic Windows driver.

The function of RW drives is controlled by burning software such as Nero.

  eedcam 19:19 13 May 2009

Stuart as I said mines shows as cd but functions perfectly well with +/- dvd/s I never use windows for burning

  Stuartli 19:29 13 May 2009

Try checking the drives' leads connections are firm - might be a misreading of their make and model.

I don't use Windows (XP Pro) for burning either...:-)

Fortunately, as you will be aware, DVD optical drives cater for both CDs and DVDs.

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