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My burner stopped reading cds and burning cd's. The computer recognizes that there is a drive there, but the drive does not work. Any ideas? I can't figure how to update its firmware or anything.I don't have the cd any longer that came with it, but I guess it wouldn't matter considering it won't read any cd's.


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Know that I'm not perfect, and may not have the solution to all questions in my areas of expertise, but I would like you to consider this.

1.Windows has the nasty habit of losing 'bits and pieces' of crucial software codes, for various hardware peripheral components. Everything will be just fine, then one day, BOIING! A certain peripheral device doesn't work. The driver codes are corrupted.
The device is recognized, but now there are no software drivers so that the O/S can interact with the device. (Operating System. Windows XP is an example of an O/S)

1A.The solution is to go to Start>Control Panel>Add/Remove Programs, and ->Remove all of the software related to that peripheral device. (Such as your optical drive 'burner')
Since you don't have the CD disk anymore, this point is moot. BUT, read on!

2.Some 'burner' software has to be re-registered on a yearly basis. I know of one such software that begins with an N, but slamming someone will not make it better. Not professional.
2A.This again goes to needing new burner software.

Well guess what? I use a free burner software that has been better for me, than any of the expensive paid versions I've had! Infra Recorder.
3.Info about Infra Recorder on Wikipedia,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infra_Recorder
4.Download page for Infra Recorder,
http://infrarecorder.org/?page_id=5
(Just click on the blue -> Download <- to the left of -> version 0.46.2 for Windows 2000/XP/Vista (3.19 MiB)

Suggest you follow what I have typed in 1A above, then download and install Infra Recorder.

I like it when free stuff, (Open Source software), is better than the paid stuff! lol!
Your burner's lense has some issue clean it with lense cleaner disk .just put it in burner then it clean lense or change or replace your lense
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