DVD/CD-ROM dumb question


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bristol08

Dumb question...I know nothing about computers...how do I tell if my drive
can read DVDs or if its only capable of reading CD's? Under properties, it
says SONY CD-RW CRX216E and under 'type of disk drive' it says DVD/CD-ROM.
When I put a CD (audio, video, pics) it reads...when I put a DVD or a DVD+RW
disc in it shows nothing- no icon, nothing.
 
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smlunatick

Dumb question...I know nothing about computers...how do I tell if my drive
can read DVDs or if its only capable of reading CD's?  Under properties, it
says SONY CD-RW CRX216E and under 'type of disk drive' it says DVD/CD-ROM..  
When I put a CD (audio, video, pics) it reads...when I put a DVD or a DVD+RW
disc in it shows nothing- no icon, nothing.

Head over to Sony web sites and look for the specifications for that
model.

If the name is correct, then you can not write to any DVD media (CD-RW
= CD R or RW writable.)

Another check is to take a look at the properties for the drive in
Device Manager. If you have a DVD Region "tab" you most likely have
a DVD reading drive (at least.)

BTW: A quick search of the Web returns the specifications for this
drive. It can only read CDs and only write to CD-R(w)s
 
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Paul

bristol08 said:
Dumb question...I know nothing about computers...how do I tell if my drive
can read DVDs or if its only capable of reading CD's? Under properties, it
says SONY CD-RW CRX216E and under 'type of disk drive' it says DVD/CD-ROM.
When I put a CD (audio, video, pics) it reads...when I put a DVD or a DVD+RW
disc in it shows nothing- no icon, nothing.

There are free versions of Nero Infotool available for download.

http://majorgeeks.com/Nero_InfoTool_d120.html

This screenshot is really old, but shows how an optical drive
has "read features" and "write features". If there are only
read features ticked, the drive could be a cd/dvdrom for example.
If the "write feature" boxes are ticked, you could have a cdrw or
dvdrw type drive. The advantage of InfoTool, is it removes
the need to search for a detailed product description for
the drive.

http://majorgeeks.com/screenshots/n/neroinftool.gif

The feature list for that particular drive, is listed here. It
doesn't look like it will do anything with a DVD, but the InfoTool
should clarify that for you.

"Sony CRX216E 48x24x48 CD-RW IDE Drive"
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=BLK-CRX216E-DO-R&cat=CDR&cpc=JAD

Paul
 
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M.I.5¾

bristol08 said:
Dumb question...I know nothing about computers...how do I tell if my drive
can read DVDs or if its only capable of reading CD's? Under properties,
it
says SONY CD-RW CRX216E and under 'type of disk drive' it says DVD/CD-ROM.
When I put a CD (audio, video, pics) it reads...when I put a DVD or a
DVD+RW
disc in it shows nothing- no icon, nothing.

That drive is a CD drive only (both read and write). It cannot read DVDs.
 
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M.I.5¾

David B. said:
Yeah, I said that 3 days before you posted.

Congratulations.

It probably wouldn't occur to the hard of thinking that I might not have
seen your post before I replied.
 
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David B.

Guess you should read all of the replies before posting then, I find it hard
to believe my post wouldn't be there for you to read after 3 days.
 
M

M.I.5¾

David B. said:
Guess you should read all of the replies before posting then, I find it
hard to believe my post wouldn't be there for you to read after 3 days.

Experience suggests that few people, if any, read all the replies before
posting.
 
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David B.

Very true, but if I'm replying to a thread that's 3 days old and has
multiple replies, I make it general practice to read those replies before
posting so as not to end up repeating a correct reply that's already been
posted, it really serves no purpose.
 
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M.I.5¾

David B. said:
Very true, but if I'm replying to a thread that's 3 days old and has
multiple replies, I make it general practice to read those replies before
posting so as not to end up repeating a correct reply that's already been
posted, it really serves no purpose.

But surely you felt a certain pride from having your reply confirmed by
someone who knows what he's talking about. ;-)
 
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