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Windows 7: CD in a DVD reader


01 Nov 2012   #1

Windows Seven Premium
 
 
CD in a DVD reader

Should my DVD Read?Write reader be able to read a CD disk please? I bought a camera this morning camera and the operating instructions are on a CD, not a DVD. Is the there a way ove being able to read this disc using my current computer set up please?

RonBin79

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01 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Yes, you should be able to read a CD in a DVD drive. Have you tried it?

The drive uses different lasers for DVDs and CDs, so if you have a hardware problem, it's possible that it will not read CDs while still able to read DVDs. I belive that it's also possible to get that problem due to an error in WIndows, although I've never see it personally.

One way to check would be to try to start up the machine using a bootable CD.
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01 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

CD's should read OK on a DVD reader. If this is a DVD burner, it will also burn CD's.

Not a problem.
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01 Nov 2012   #4

Windows Seven Premium
 
 
CD in a DVD reader

Whilst waiting for someone to answer my plea for help, I contacted Dell Tech Support who took remote control of my computer and discovered I had a corrupt CD/DVD driver. He went into the innards of the software and put it right at a cost of 29-00. So that part of it, all is well. I can now read CD's and build a play list from ITunes.

Thing is, how did he do that and how can I repair or download an uncorrupted diriver to over ride the existing one, rectify the fault should it happen again thus sving myself another 29-00??

Regards,

RonBin79 (now 80!!)
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01 Nov 2012   #5

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

The ONLY drivers for CD/DVD drives (of any type) is the default built in Windows/Microsoft drivers.

I suspect there was another problem but that is what you were told.
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02 Nov 2012   #6

Windows Seven Premium
 
 

Yes Fireberd you are of course right, I was told that by the guy at Dell in India, a corrupt driver, but my question was, how can I rectify the problem if it occurs again without having to go through to India. Should I go to the Fix Windows7 Drivers site link that was attached to your reply and if so, will that find the corrupt driver and sort it all out please??

Regards,

RonBin79
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02 Nov 2012   #7

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Depends on what the actual problem is. On some problems just "uninstalling" the drive in the Device Manager and then restarting the PC (and Windows will reinstall) will fix those. There is another common problem with the upper/lower filters in the registry. These are the most common drive problems.

The Microsoft fixit MAY help but to be truthful, I haven't seen it really fix a lot of problems.
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02 Nov 2012   #8

Windows Seven Premium
 
 
CD in a DVD Reader - Firebired

Thanks for your reply. I just had a look at my Device Master and found that the driver for my DVD/CD Rom R/W is titled HL-DT-ST DVD +-RW GH50N. Am I right in thinking that if I uninstall the item above the hightlighted one, (showin in tha attached screen shot) as it is missing when the driver becomes corrupt, then shut down the computer and do a restart, Windows would automatically reinstall the missing drivers and all would be well? It would be nice if that was the case and less expensive too!

Regards,

RonBin79


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02 Nov 2012   #9

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Hello RonBin79,

WE have numerous members from India here at SF. Some of them are working as Techs for their daily jobs. But they are glad to HELP out here for FREE. So always ask your questions here at SF first. It's always wise to save money if you can especially for simple little problems.


" Doc "
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02 Nov 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

HL-DT-ST DVD +-RW GH50N isn't the driver, that is the Device Name and you'd want to uninstall that IF there is a problem. Don't try it as a science experiment.
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