CDRW drive morphing into CDROMdrive


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Roger Bourne

Hello all,

I haven't used my CDRW drive for about 6-8 weeks.
Now when I put fresh CD-Rs (i.e. not already written, new) or a RW CD
in the CDRW drive, the drive reacts by telling me that there is no
writable CD in the drive. Furthermore, the "erase files" option is
absent when my RW CD is in the drive - it used to appear every time a
RW CD was in the CDRW drive.


I tried 4 cds - 2 RW CDs and 2 brand new CD-Rs. All failed to be seen
as writable CDs.
I get the impression that my CDRW drive has been transformed into a CDR

drive. It certaintly behaves like one.


HW or SW problem ?
Is my CDRW drive is salvageable ?, :(
Has any else expreienced this problem ?
Strange as it may be though, notwithstanding the "can't write" problem,

the CDRW drive seems to have no problems reading - I would have thougth

that if the optical mechanism started to fail, the reading aspect of
the CDRW drive would be affected as well.


P.S. I am using the integrated "write files to CD" feature that comes
with Windows XP, located in the windows explorer left panel.
P.P.S The CDRW drive is 5 years old. Brand: LG.


All help will be appreciated


Kind Regards
-Roger


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Rod Speed

Roger Bourne said:
Hello all,

I haven't used my CDRW drive for about 6-8 weeks.
Now when I put fresh CD-Rs (i.e. not already written, new) or a RW CD
in the CDRW drive, the drive reacts by telling me that there is no
writable CD in the drive. Furthermore, the "erase files" option is
absent when my RW CD is in the drive - it used to appear every time a
RW CD was in the CDRW drive.


I tried 4 cds - 2 RW CDs and 2 brand new CD-Rs. All failed to be seen
as writable CDs.
I get the impression that my CDRW drive has been transformed into a
CDR

drive. It certaintly behaves like one.


HW or SW problem ?
Is my CDRW drive is salvageable ?, :(

They're so cheap its not worth even trying.

Get a DVD DL burner to replace it.
Has any else expreienced this problem ?
Strange as it may be though, notwithstanding the "can't write" problem,
the CDRW drive seems to have no problems reading - I would
have thougth that if the optical mechanism started to fail, the
reading aspect of the CDRW drive would be affected as well.

Presumably whatever works out whether
its got a CDR or CDRW blank in it has failed.
P.S. I am using the integrated "write files to CD" feature that
comes with Windows XP, located in the windows explorer
left panel. P.P.S The CDRW drive is 5 years old. Brand: LG.

See what happens with Nero to see if its the drive or XP.
 
F

Frank Booth Snr

Roger said:
Hello all,

I haven't used my CDRW drive for about 6-8 weeks.
Now when I put fresh CD-Rs (i.e. not already written, new) or a RW CD
in the CDRW drive, the drive reacts by telling me that there is no
writable CD in the drive. Furthermore, the "erase files" option is
absent when my RW CD is in the drive - it used to appear every time a
RW CD was in the CDRW drive.


I tried 4 cds - 2 RW CDs and 2 brand new CD-Rs. All failed to be seen
as writable CDs.
I get the impression that my CDRW drive has been transformed into a CDR

drive. It certaintly behaves like one.


HW or SW problem ?
Is my CDRW drive is salvageable ?, :(
Has any else expreienced this problem ?
Strange as it may be though, notwithstanding the "can't write" problem,

the CDRW drive seems to have no problems reading - I would have thougth

that if the optical mechanism started to fail, the reading aspect of
the CDRW drive would be affected as well.


P.S. I am using the integrated "write files to CD" feature that comes
with Windows XP, located in the windows explorer left panel.
P.P.S The CDRW drive is 5 years old. Brand: LG.

It could be the drive doesn't work with the latest writing media. 5
years is getting on a bit. I found that my old HP CD burner (1999) would
not recognise the latest media, recently purchased, although it would
continue to read CDroms and CD-audios, without a problem. When I
susbstituted it for an LG CD burner that came out last year, the media
worked fine.
 
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Paul

"Roger said:
Hello all,

I haven't used my CDRW drive for about 6-8 weeks.
Now when I put fresh CD-Rs (i.e. not already written, new) or a RW CD
in the CDRW drive, the drive reacts by telling me that there is no
writable CD in the drive. Furthermore, the "erase files" option is
absent when my RW CD is in the drive - it used to appear every time a
RW CD was in the CDRW drive.
P.S. I am using the integrated "write files to CD" feature that comes
with Windows XP, located in the windows explorer left panel.
P.P.S The CDRW drive is 5 years old. Brand: LG.


All help will be appreciated


Kind Regards
-Roger

I think a recent poster to one of these groups, deleted
their drive from Device Manager, let Windows rediscover it,
and all returned to normal.

Paul
 
R

Roger Bourne

Tried with Nero.
It writes and erases just fines.
I guess windows xp has a few glitches.

P.S I deleted the drive and then rebooted my computer so windows will
find it again. It did not fix the problem.

-Roger
 
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Rod Speed

Roger Bourne said:
Tried with Nero.
It writes and erases just fines.
I guess windows xp has a few glitches.

P.S I deleted the drive and then rebooted my computer so windows will
find it again. It did not fix the problem.

Try a repair install of XP.
 
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