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ND-6100A on Dell Inspiron 700m won't burn CD-R

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Greetings All,

For the past several weeks, I've been having a difficult time getting my ND-6100A on my Dell Inspiron 700m notebook to burn CD-r discs. To put it simply, the drive is very erratic. Sometimes it recognizes the blank disc; usually it doesnt.

What discs have I been using, you say? A no-name Target CD-r, a Philips 52x CD-r and--most recently--a Maxell 48x CD-r. I even threw in a Memorex 4x CD-rw for variety. I doubt the problem is with the disc.

What programs have you used to burn? I-Tunes for music (which has mysteriously stopped recognizing the disc as blank), Sonic RecordNow! (ditto) and CDBurnerXP Pro 3 (you guessed it). I'm running XP and once or twice when I've gotten the drive to recognize the disc, I get a strange error message spat back at me. I wish I could write it here, but I haven't been able to get the drive to recognize the disc today.

I have had the latest automatic Windows updates as well.

So, any counsel, friends? I'd sure appreciate it.
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It could be the cd-rw laser was "jarred" and not lining up with the blank media..

Have you tried just putting in a cd-rom... CD program disk,music CD and see if that is regonized?
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