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how do I check dvd/cd rw drive?

My Philips dvd/cd rw all in one drive doesnt burn any more.It will show photos that I have on CD`s burned on it before.How do I check whether I have killed its burning capabilities? I am running XP home.It doesnt show up in system information,components problem devices.Looking at its properties ,it informs me the device is working just fine.

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Tell more....

In reply to: how do I check dvd/cd rw drive?

....about "it doesn't burn anymore" e.g. How did you find that out ? It may be the burning program rather than the device. Which burning program ? Any error messages ? How long (say, burning hours) have you been using the drive ?

Try reinstalling or upgrading the driver or firmware (if avaulable).

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I do this.

In reply to: how do I check dvd/cd rw drive?

0. I check for updates to the CD Recording program.

1. Toss in a CD/DVD Lens Cleaner disk.

2. Change make of media (or go back to that batch that worked.)

3. I drop the record speed to 2X.

4. I then try CDBurnerXP from http://www.cdburnerxp.se/
a. A CDRW disk is erased.
b. And a few files added.

5. I replace the drive if all the above fails.

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