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DVD-RW drive won't recognize CDs

by lbthe3 / June 4, 2008 11:12 AM PDT

Windows XP Service Pack 2/Samsung TSSTcorp CD/DVDW TS-H552U.

Not sure if this is the right area to post this, but... Recently my DVD-RW drive has been unable to recognize CDs. It plays audio CDs just fine, but if I put in a CD based game or CD-R, the drive acts as if there's no CD in there and doesn't recognize it at all. I get the "please insert a disk into drive d" message. I can hear my DVD-RW drive do the usual spinning when I close the disk tray, but then it quits and nothing else happens. It writes/reads DVDs with no problems, it's just the CDs that do this.

I've updated my DVD-RW drive firmware to the latest version, plus I've tried deleting the upper and lower filters to no avail. Thanks for taking the time to help me out.

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Have you tried another drive?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 4, 2008 11:47 PM PDT

We have a few hundred zombie drives (kept for parts) that only work with DVD or CD content. Its a common failure but good for us that owners insist we try firmware, drivers, reload the OS as we make the most money when they insist.

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Lens cleaning maybe?
by lbthe3 / June 5, 2008 2:53 AM PDT

I have another computer with a CD-R drive, and all the CDs that don't work on my main computer work on it. The DVD-RW drive on my main computer actually seems to recognize CDs maybe 1 in 20 tries, does that indicate it's not a zombie drive but maybe just needs a lens cleaning?

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Cheap thing to try.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 5, 2008 3:34 AM PDT
In reply to: Lens cleaning maybe?

Why not?

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