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cd-writer quit working

by Laura51 / April 2, 2005 2:34 AM PST

My cd-writer quit working. Worked fine a few days ago and for four years without any problems. I ran all the suggested tests at the hp help center and did all the suggestions for other fixes. (re-installing device driver etc.) Still doesn?t work. The player has power, eject works, the red light goes on, but then goes click-click, click-click, about 4 or 6 times and nothing comes up. The little cd icon flashes briefly next to the cursor. Do I need to replace the cd-writer? If so, how do I go about finding one that is compatible with and or will fit my computer? From the manual it doesn?t look too difficult to replace it. The only thing I?ve ever done internally is add more memory but this doesn?t look too much more difficult.

Anyway, if I need to replace it what specs am I looking for? Any help would be appreciated.

I really have no idea exactly what it is I?m looking for LOL, but I found a cd-writer that maybe is compatible at Newegg here:

Would this work? I have a CD-RW 8x4x32x max speed in the computer now (the one that isn?t working).

My computer is a hp-pavillion xt928, XP with Intel Celeron Processor, 1.10 Ghz, 384 MB of Ram. Model # P6266A


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re:cd-writer quit working
by BrianM / April 2, 2005 3:25 AM PST
In reply to: cd-writer quit working

Before declaring it dead remove the software that came with it (if you have it on CD) and remove the burned from the properties in Windows. Then shut the computer down, restart it and Windows should find new hardware, at this point Windows may find the drivers for it or you may have to use the drivers that came with it (most likely on the CD that came with it).

If that doesn't help it may be dead so just about any standard burner will fit the slot on the HP. I would go with a retail version over the oem version for 3 bucks more.

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by Willy / April 2, 2005 7:02 AM PST
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You got your moneys worth from the CD-RW, time to move on. In most cases since you did the proper recovery items, it still doesn't work, suggests it has failed. Replace with a generic CD-RW or another HP model that is CD-RW, though if you like a DVD/CD-RW model will work as well for more cost, otherwise stick with the CD-RW model.
In most cases, you get newer technology plus maybe better s/w to go with it.

tada ------Willy Happy

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Thank you!
by Laura51 / April 2, 2005 7:13 AM PST
In reply to: Replace

Thank you both for the advice and recommendations!

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