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Can't Burn Cd's

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I have a HP computter that is two years old using XP. I recently tried to burn a CD for the frist time and received a "no drive connected " message when I went to actually copy the music to the blank CD. The softwear saved my selections fine. I have tried three different CD burning software, I have increased my memory from 128MB to 512MB, I have even purchased and installed a new 52X32X52X Sony CD writer with the same result. I deleted my drives and then re-install XP and even though XP picked up the drives as new I still have the same problem - I can play music, download data from a CD but I can write to the CD whether it be data or music.

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Welcome mcavanaugh :D

Well, you certainly have tried hard to get this working <_<

Let's start with the basics. Reboot your computer, and while it's starting keep tapping F2 to enter BIOS. Look where IDE devices are listed, and see if it's detecting your CD drive.

Next, start Windows and go to Start -> Control Panel -> System, click the Hardware tab, and then Device Manager. See if your drive is listed under DVD/CD-ROM drives.
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