DVD-R/RW can read but can't Burn or Play DVD or CD

By currywoodman ยท 5 replies
Mar 9, 2006
  1. Can someone help me? Computer can see what is in my drive but can't play or write to it.
  2. Frank Smith

    Frank Smith TS Rookie Posts: 75

    You may perform the following steps to isolate it:

    1. Run Regedt32.exe.

    2. Locate the 'UpperFilters' value under the following key in the registry,
    and delete it:


    3. Locate the 'LowerFilters' value under the same key, and delete it:


    4. Close the registry editor and restart the computer.


    I have to delete some registry keys to get my cd-rom and virtual cd back.
    For more information please refer the KB article:
    CD-ROM Access Is Missing and Messages Cite Error Code 31, Code 32, Code 19,
    or Code 39 After You Remove Easy CD Creator in Windows XP:

    Some 3d part recording programs cause this problem, therefore
    But your 3rd party cd recording software won't work properly after your deleting the registry keys. Please be aware of that. Sometimes its due to more than 1 recording program being installed..
  3. smf834

    smf834 TS Rookie

    I got a similar problem. My sony DW-D56a dvd writer will read DVD, but won't read all home-pressed audio/data CDs. It will still read factory CD i got from Dell or other vendors. Any ideas? I've tried the latest firmware from Dell to no luck.
  4. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    It probably needs a cleaning. The laser and detector get dusty and thus signal strength drops. With home burned CD medium the reflection is not always perfect and thus the signal strength can be low to poor at best, add a dusty laser or detector and it can't read it.

  5. Frank Smith

    Frank Smith TS Rookie Posts: 75

    I have also found that my Sony (uses the Blue lazer) will also make some CD-rw or DVD-rw unusable for the other DVD writer, it uses the Red lazer
  6. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    Yes I forgot the Sony uses the Blue laser, it will not read Red laser burned CDs aor DVDs. Good point Frank.

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