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binvin

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Hello All,
I have noticed that about 80% of the time when I insert a disc into my computer, it says "prepare this blank disc". I know for a fact that these discs have something on them because they are software programs, photo discs, etc. I also tried them on my other computer and they worked just fine. Does this mean i need a new CD-Drive? I am now trying to install the software for my new web cam and it's giving me the same "prepare this blank disc" message. It's a Logitech Quickcam and it says that it is Windows Vista compatible.

My computer is a Gateway GT5468, I'm not sure what kind of CD-Drive is in there, and I am running Windows Vista Home Premium.

Your help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for reading,
Binvin
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There is a good chance, the drive is dying...

One of these may help:
1. Uninstall the drive through Device Manager.
Restart computer. The drive will be automatically reinstalled.
or...
2. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314060
Restart computer.
or...
3. Download, and run Restore Missing CD Drive patch
Double click on cdgone.zip to unzip it.
Right click on cdgone.reg, click Merge.
Accept registry merge.
Restart computer.
or...
4. Go to Device Manager, click a "+" sign next to IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers.
You'll see two items:
- ATA Channel0 (or Primary Channel)
- ATA Channel1 (or Secondary Channel)
Right click on each of them, and click Uninstall. Confirm.
Restart Windows. They'll be automatically reinstalled.
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Thank you so much Broni!
I tried the first one and it works fine now!
Hopefully it stays okay in the long run!
If I could ask, What was the cause of this problem?
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I'm glad, it worked :)

As for your question, there is no definitive answer. Like with any software/hardware, some corruption just happens, and reinstall would be the first cause of action to try.
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