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Optiarc DVD RW AD-7640A stopped recognizing CD. Have tried a variety of brands of blank CDs, professionally recorded CDs, etc. It takes the CD and there are some internal "noises" like it is trying, but then stops. When I try to record, the blank CD spits out and there is a "please insert blank CD" message.


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There are some registry keys that cause this problem when deleted
on vista it happened when I was cleanin the registry. try to repair the OS
It happens, try to clean the drive, if that fails then chalk it up to a bad drive. Cheapest way is use pricewatch or any other similar site and order a replacement drive.

Just trying to save you a headache! They are not worth trying to prepare or fix, cheap enough to just replace.

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