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  1. I reformatted my hard drive a couple of weeks ago and haven't been able to burn CD's since. I use WIndows XP Home on an emachine T3085 with a NEC 2500A DVD writer.

    THe problem is my PC is only recognizing this as a CD burner, not DVD. It worked fine up until the reformat. I must need a new driver. ANyone know where I could find one? I've searched online and haven't had any luck. Thanks!
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    You don't need a driver, it's in Windows. What program are you using to burn with?

    Try uninstalling the IDE channel the burner is on, that sometimes helps.

    Control Panel>System>Hardware>Device Manager>IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers>Primary or Secondary channel>right click>uninstall. While you are there, check to see if the writer is set to DMA or PIO mode. Should be DMA 2 or better.
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  3. Originally Posted by redwudz
    You don't need a driver, it's in Windows. What program are you using to burn with?

    Try uninstalling the IDE channel the burner is on, that sometimes helps.

    Control Panel>System>Hardware>Device Manager>IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers>Primary or Secondary channel>right click>uninstall. While you are there, check to see if the writer is set to DMA or PIO mode. Should be DMA 2 or better.

    I am using Roxio 5.3.5, but WIndows will not write to it either. When I put a blank CD in the drive, I can use the XP wizard to burn my disk, When I put a blank DVD in, it always gives errors.

    I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the IDE channels, but it did not seem to have any effect.

    Any other suggestions? DMA was enabled on both the primary and secondary.
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  4. This is a common problem in Windows and it should in no way effect the operation of your drive. What errors are you seeing?
    Still a few bugs in the system...
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  5. Originally Posted by chas0039
    This is a common problem in Windows and it should in no way effect the operation of your drive. What errors are you seeing?
    In WIndows Explorer, when I have a blank DVD in the drive and right click on a file and choose Send To CD: Drive, it says "Windows has encountered a problem while trying to copy this file" and then just hangs up. But with a blank CD, it works as usual -- It opens a separate folder to be burned to the CD and then will burn no problem

    In Roxio, it just says I don't have a DVD burner and refuses to acknowledge its presence or burn at all to a blank DVD. CD's no problem.
    Undewr CD Drive properties, it says I can use CD-R or CD-RW, but no drop down option for any DVD's.
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    I said you didn't need a driver, but I wasn't thinking of motherboard drivers, just DVD-RW drivers. Anyway, you might want to check your computer's website and see if they have any updated motherboard drivers. May be a long shot, but worth trying, especially if you used your motherboard disc to re-install your MB drivers. That disc may have had older drivers than were installed on the computer originally.
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    Had this problem with NEC 2500A in that my imaging program only saw the drive as a CD type. Went to NEC web site got the firmware updated to v 1.9 and that cured the problem. Original firmware was v 1.7 - hope this helps.

    BCNU,
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