DVD drive not recognizing DVDs

By Aximilator
Jan 19, 2010
  1. Hi all

    I have been trying to fix this problem on my own for quite some time now and have given up so i came here for help. My dvd drive only reads dvd's and will not recognize empty ones so i can burn. it does the same for cd's. I tryed switching my drive with a different one and it still doesnt work. since i switched it i do not think that it is the drive i think it has to do with something else in the pc. or not having the drive.

    my pc is a compaq presario s4100nx

    specs are:

    1gb ram


    ACPI Uniprocessor PC

    Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller

    Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.50GHz

    any other information you need. please let me know!

    thanks in advance
  2. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,858   +1,184

    If you've tried uninstalling and re-installing the drive with no luck then it could be
    Possible IDE controller problem
    in device manager > remove IDE controllers.. all of them. > reboot > IDE Controllers will be reinstalled automatically
    This is step 7 in the troubleshooting guide found here
    I would read through the whole guide just in case there are indicators you see (and you haven't listed in the post) which would lead to a better solution.
    Hope this helps. If you could post back either way it would be appreciated by those that follow you.
  3. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +181

  4. Aximilator

    Aximilator TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 63

    thanks dividebyzero i will try. and lookinAround nice seeing you again. i will try both of your things and let you know.
  5. Aximilator

    Aximilator TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 63

    thanks guys, i am really sorry for all the trouble, but i am a complete *****. i never even checked if i could right dvd's turns out the drive is not capable of it. wow i suck. umm so thanks for the help anyways.
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