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blank cd's not recognized

I have been having problems with my cd burner lately, and it has been getting progressively worse. First, the last few tracks of a cd burned in the drive would be fuzzy, the the whole cd, then I got an error message in the middle of burning every time, preventing me from burning any thing, and finaly, the cd burner does not recognize blank disks at all.
The drive preforms all other tasks perfectly, but the burner function does not work. I have tried different brands and different types of cds, but it still will not work. Can anyone tell me how to fix this, aside from buying a new burner?

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Have someone else buy the burner?

In reply to: blank cd's not recognized

The definitive test here is to swap the drive and see if it cures it.

Why isn't a new drive an option here?

Bob

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Money

In reply to: Have someone else buy the burner?

I just bought an xbox 360, so I don't have much disposable income. No one in my family gives gifts unless there is an occasion. Besides, the only thing I burn CDs for is gifts, I never use them myself. Christmas is over, so it isn't very urgent, I just wanted to know if there was a free way to have it work again.

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Less than a XBOX 360 game.

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Drives are cheap. So try the usual CD/DVD Lens cleaner and drop the record speed to 2X and one last try. But these drives only last a few years. Something to consider as a maintenance item.

Bob

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Got me there

In reply to: Less than a XBOX 360 game.

I'd have to say, they are considerable more when they are external, and even more for a toshiba laptop. I think i'll wait a couple months to buy a new one, though, but thanks anyway.

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Here, an external is ...

In reply to: Got me there

Not much. Last weekend I spotted some external for 39 bucks. But why do that? Why not replace just the drive? A CDRW drive was being cleared out at 20 bucks.

Bob

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Int. & ext. drives

In reply to: Got me there

Many an ext. CD drive is nothing more than an int. type CD drive within an ext. housing. If that's the case, find a new int. CD drive on-sale or at a decent price and swap out the drives, using common sense. If your ext. drive is unique then I'll consider your wallet at that time ;).

tada -----Willy Happy

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