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Philips CDRW/DVD SCB5265 Read OK / Failure to Write


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Windows XP. HP Pavillion dv1000. philips cdrw/dvd scb5265. The drive reads CDs and DVDs fine, and when I try to write to a CD via Windows Media or iTunes, the burn completes sucessully (i.e., I do not receive diagnostics of any kind, and the program messaging looks normal). During the burn process, I hear and feel the drive spinning. However, the CD is blank at the end of the process. This just started happening. I read an earlier post stating that there may be two lasers: one for DVD and one for CD. This drive will only write CDs, and when I look, I only see one laser which I tried to clean using Windex and a cue tip. Can a CD laser fail on a level where it can read but not write. I used the CDs I have on another HP Pavillion with no problems. If the device is no longer fully functional, I also read a post that it's probably cheaper to get an external CD/DVD drive than to try and replace this one. I haven't done any pricing. Is that true? Thanks.

Edited by baileyco, 19 January 2009 - 03:22 AM.

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Can a CD laser fail on a level where it can read but not write.

Yes, drives can lose the burn capability while still maintaining the read.

I also read a post that it's probably cheaper to get an external CD/DVD drive than to try and replace this one. I haven't done any pricing. Is that true?

I guess it depends on who you speak to. I've been using THIS DRIVE for over a year with no problems. Newegg has a ton of different drives to choose from, including externals, so you have a lot of choices.
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Thanks for the reply.
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