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HP Laptop burner can not find empty CD

\015 My Laptop 17'' HP pavilion dv9093 (AMD Turion 64x2) bought january 2007 have more recently stopped detecting empty CDs when put in the cd burner. I get the message: ''F: is not available''. I can hear the cd working though, trying to load the cd but it will not pull through. When I put in a DVD/CD with files on it, it will find the info on the disc, however no pop up will come up per default, I have to click on F: to see the files. \015\012I am running Windows XP. \015\012Any ideas anyone? Could it be a hardware fault perhaps?/Thomas\015

Answers :

It could be a HW problem but is more likely a hitch in the driver or some settingss in 3rd party burning software. If simply adjusting the automatic settings. I assume you are using Win XP, so Right Click on the DVD/DC in MyComputer & select Properties. From this applet you can select a few attributes. The settings you are looking for are available from the Auto Play Tab. Then check the SW (like NERO) for additional settings & options

If this fails,

One thing I would do ( if you haven't already) is install all OS Updates. then check for new drivers for your laptop from HP at http://tinyurl.com/lgjr35 Check for BIOS updates while you are at it.

Test. If still bad,
Reinstall your Burner SW (NERO, AnyDVD, whatever)

The DVD-RW in my HP DV8000 is probably similar - it clunks & shivers a lot but it works.
You most certainly have a damaged dvd drive... you should change it.
\015\012http://www.pc-mob.com/images/dvdrw.jpg
\015\012the cost here in greece is 40 - 50 euros for a laptop dvd-rw depending of the connection (sata or ide).
\015\012the good news is that you will not have to take apart your laptop to take the bad drive out but only unscrew one... screw.
\015\012take the laptop with you when you go to a hardware shop and they will change it for you right away with no extra cost.
\015\012also note that ANY brand will do (sony, lg, nec etc) the plastic front cover of the old dvd can be taken out and put to the new drive.
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