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Hardware problem please help

By wolfblitz
Sep 18, 2008
  1. I have a Sony DRX-800UL DVD/CD rewriteable drve that have had for about 18mths and has worked perfctly till now, it's as if my pc dosn't recognise it i cant record onto it and when i put in a disc to play nothing it just sits there when i go into start>my computer DVD/RW drive is highlighted but dosn't show the cd/dvd thats in there when i go to start>contropl panel>add hardware and highlight the drive it tells me that it is working as it should

    now im stuck and confused :(

    Please help thanks
     
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    Go the Device Manager and uninstall the controller it is connected to. Shut down Windows, restart and let Windows automatically reinstall the device. If that doesn't help, you may have a bad drive. It happens.
     
  3. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    if 'by nothing, it just sits there" you mean it doesn't even spin up?

    you can try taking dvd device itself out and then firmly back in to re-seat it.

    /***** EDIT **********?
    and check for firmware updates as well as the other things
     
  4. wolfblitz

    wolfblitz TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 83

    Many apologies for wasting your time but it seems there was nothing wrong with the machine, It turned out to be the RW discs I was using, although they had been used before many times it seems that for some reason the machine would not record on to them any more, bought new discs and now works fine

    Thanks to you both - mailpup and LookinAround for your replies
     
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    No problem. The important thing is it's working now.
     
  6. wolfblitz

    wolfblitz TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 83

    Total respect to the people who help Thank You
     
  7. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    The thing we like best is finally hearing "it works!" :grinthumb

    We're all glad to help :wave:

    (And now you know Read-Write media has limited shelf time too!)
     
  8. wolfblitz

    wolfblitz TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 83

    Yeah I must admit I thought it would last forever, how long can I expect it to last recording and re-recording over a period of time
     
  9. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    Of course it depends on a few variables like media brand, scratches, keeping it out of direct sunlight, etc., but in theory it can last a thousand or more rewrites. At work I record on DVD RWs nearly every day (deleting/adding to an existing project) and approximately once a week I do a complete erase and record but I haven't reached that limit yet. I actually make a duplicate disk so I have two disk copies at all times (plus the original data on hard disk) since no medium is failsafe.

    That's not to say no disks have failed. Occasionally one will give trouble and rather than risk data I will just toss it. I know there are other methods of backing up data but all circumstances considered, I choose to use this one for the time being.
     
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