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Cd/dvd driver is suddenly "read only."


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I found this forum while looking for help because my cd/dvd driver is suddenly "read only." I found advice elsewhere telling me to find out the manufacturer's name so I could download and install the device driver, but when I looked it up, it said "(Standard CD-ROM drives.)" Incidentally, I looked in my Registry Editor, and yes, the UpperFilters and LowerFilters are listed. I don't know what that means, but someone with a similar question in this forum was advised to look for them, so I did that too. My question is, how might I update/repair my driver? It won't read any of my digital photo cds or home burned music cds (says they're blank.) It won't write anything to disk, nor will it burn music. I suspect it won't burn dvds either, and it previously did all of the above.
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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314060
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Thanks for the link, but when I ran the Fix It, they couldn't fix it, and when I clicked "Explore other options to fix it," they decided to be cute, and only offered the suggestion that I upgrade to Windows 7. Anyone have any ideas how to fix it without dumping Vista?
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Have you tried a different drive?
It sounds like the write side of the drive has failed. Not such a uncommon issue anymore.
Read side works fine but the write side does not.
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A different drive? I'm not sure what you mean (I'm sorry if this sounds ignorant.) As I mentioned above, the write side doesn't work at all anymore, and read side isn't working well either. It reads professionally made disks, like Maya and 3Ds Max Animation with Biped, but it won't read photo disks or any of my previously written disks from home. I checked the properties of the drive and it says that it's functioning properly (please see attached screenshot.)Did you mean dump the drive in question and get a new one (if so, how?) If not, what do you mean?

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Write side is the part of the drive that actually does the burning of the data to the cd.
Every cd\dvd drive that is read and writable has two so called sides to it.
One side does nothing but reads a disk and plays the data on it.
The other side does all the actual burning of data.
Your drive with your last comment sounds like it is failing fast.
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Yikes... so is there any saving it, or do I buy/download/install a new one...? I don't know what to do, but whatever it is, I need to do it quick, or I won't be able to use this computer much for work or homework.
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Can you borrow one from someone?
Make sure it works correctly or try your drive in another system.
If not possible then yes you would have to purchase a new one to see if that fixes the problem.
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Dang. No, no one around here has one to spare. I'll take it into Best Buy, see what they can come up with. Thank you for trying to help!

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Not a problem and please let us know what they discover.

Edited by rshaffer61, 13 January 2010 - 06:31 PM.

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Of course, will do.
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Are you still having problems with your issue?
It has been 8 days since your last response and I was wondering if the issue has been resolved?
If so can you explain how it was resolved so others may be able to fix it if they have the same issue.
If not please let us know and we can continue with helping you to resolve the issue.
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Sorry, I'm down with the flu, haven't made it to the store to have it checked out. No, it has not been resolved. If you guys have any other ideas, I'd love to hear them. If not, I'll definitely let you guys know as soon as it's resolved, one way or another. Thanks for checking back!
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I will wait for your store visit as that may be the only way to fix the problem.
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