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vampirate

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I have been trying to write/burn things into some CDs [CD-R and CD-RW] for a long time now.
My computer doesn't seem to recognize that there is a CD in the computer, I have tried writing files, but then it says that I am unable to write anything, and to please insert a CD.
My computer is a Windows XP
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^ It looks like that, the window that says that it is needs to have a CD inserted, while it clearly does.
Is it that I need to install some kind of hardware in it or software?

I also remember that there used to be a button that said something like "Format CD" but I have yet to find it [It's not there anymore...]
Help please? D:


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Hi there,

One thought I've had is that the drive itself is faulty, or the discs themselves are.
  • Have you tried using a whole different bunch of discs? You may have a bad batch.
  • Are you able to use the drive at all - to play an audio CD, to copy data files?
You'll find the "Format CD" option should only be available on a re-writable CD. (CD-RW)

If the drive itself is fine, then read on! The last time I tried to use the XP wizard to burn files was years ago! :) I'm sure it can work fine, but I always had problems with it.

I recommend you to download and install DeepBurner Free 1.8. It is an excellent program that will do all of your burning - and it's free. :)

Once you've installed the program, open it up and it will ask you what you want to do, in a box called "Project Type". What you select here depends on what you're trying to burn.

Cheers

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* Have you tried using a whole different bunch of discs? You may have a bad batch.
Actually, I have tried a bunch of disks >.<; Three types, CD-R, and CD-RW
* Are you able to use the drive at all - to play an audio CD, to copy data files?
Yes, I can use the drive, in iTunes, I am allowed to burn stuff on to them, but the trying to burn things into the drive manually does not work.
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Well in that case... as he said you probably want to get a 3rd party burning software such as deepburner.... I also have had issues with windows built in burning capability.... very limited...
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Hmm... Well, the Deep Burner did work actually, ^^; But when I inserted it to my other computer [laptop] it didnt really reconize the things that were in the disk... they WERE there, but when I tried to transfer the things from this computer, to the disk, to the laptop, well, the laptop said >error< and all those other things, that it couldnt be possible. =[
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Well does the laptop recognize any disks? How about other burned disks? Did you finalize the disk when you made it on the desktop? You could also try a different brand of disk or try burning it at a slower speed....
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Yes, the laptop reconizes the disks, and burned disks too [to put music in my itunes]
Err.. what do you mean if i finalized the disk? o.O
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It's usually an option when you burn a disk. It makes it more compatible with other players...
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Oh, well, then, I don't think I have [let alone how to do it]. Yes, I have tried other brand of CD's and everything aswell.. :)
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Kind of sounds to me like the laser used for writing the data to the disk is dying... the last one I had died did that it got gradually harder to read the disk until it was all but impossible...
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Ooooh, that's probably it, since I have had this computer since like four or five years... if that's a lot, anyways... :)
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Although, I dont know how I will ever figure that out if that's right or not, since I am not an expert on those things... Let alone how to take it apart @-@;
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