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DVD Drive Not Recognizing Blank DVD's?


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BlackPandemic

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Hey Geeks.

My optical drives have been the bane of my existance lately and I'm very close to scrapping these hunks o' junk and buying two new ones. THe first issue is they don't open correctly. They stick or something and I have to 'pry' them open. And they appear clean so I'm unsure what's causing this.

Secondly, I have a DVD-R and a DVD-RW drive. The bottom drive (DVD-RW) will read CD's, read DVD's (movies), as well as burn CD's. When I put in blank DVD's however, the drive seems to fail me. In both PowerISO and Nero, I'm essentially told that the drive is empty. Nero just says, no media. PowerISO gives a series of messages when I choose burn current compilation:
- "Can't lock the volume for exclusive access. Do you want to continue anyway?"
- Preparing Media
- Writing Media
- Burning Failed (-109, 9d469a5c)

If I choose the file specifically (opposed to burn this comp.) it gives a different message:
- Preparing media
- Reserve zone 9d049d25
- Error reserving zone. (9d049d25)

Only recently have I gotten it to burn CD's. I switched from iTunes to Zune and for some reason while iTunes wouldn't recognize CD's/drive, Zune burned my music CD without any hicks. So I'm baffled Geeks. Any suggestions?

QUICK EDIT: Fenor, I'm going to try your method today and see if anything productive happens. No harm in trying it right? :)

Edited by BlackPandemic, 01 October 2008 - 06:37 AM.

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QUICK EDIT: Fenor, I'm going to try your method today and see if anything productive happens. No harm in trying it right? :)

If opening Pandora's box and dancing with the devil doesn't scare you, then by all means give it a try!

Hehe. Just Kidding. It is definitely worth a shot to try it.
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So here's the gist. First suggestion, no good (in neither Nero or PowerISO). Nero gave me an error log file (I have attached the .txt file). After the other suggestion, nothing happened, it gave me similar errors. When I did the registry idea, I booted up Nero and it froze, and when Nero freezes, a hard restart is required. iTunes is having issues with the fact that I 'uninstalled' my drive. This isn't a huge concern as I've switched to Zune as my media player, but for putting music on my iPod that's a pain. I also noticed that my DVD drive will auto-close (which I find odd as most stay open until you close them).

I might just ask for new drives for Christmas as if those didn't work, my guess is an actual hardware issue.

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Edited by BlackPandemic, 05 October 2008 - 01:35 PM.

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Bump for confirmation of dead hardware or perhaps another thing I can try.
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