Windows 7 won't "see" DVD's on DVD Burners RRS feed

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  • I have an HP Desktop with 3 DVD drives. 2 are Burners, one internal and one external. The third drive is a DVD ROM drive. The two burners will not recognize DVD's when inserted, only CD's. They won't see commercial DVD's (including Windows 7 DVD), commercial movies, blank DVD's (single or dual layer), or homemade movie DVD's. Nothing. I insert the disc and wait, and nothing happens. The drive lights blink 7 or 8 times and I hear them spin up, but after that nothing at all. When I double click the drive, it says please insert a disc. Programs such as IMG Burn, Nero, and various testing programs all also show the drives to be empty, even when a disk is inserted.

    The DVD ROM drive will "see" everything.

    The drives both work fine, because they will allow booting from CD with the Windows DVD, and I've also tested the external drive on a machine running Windows XP and it worked perfect. The media is fine also (high quality blanks; Verbatim, unscratched commercial DVD's: Windows DVD, commercial movies. All tested media works in other computers running XP or in stand alone DVD players where applicable.

    I've searched and searched and have seen this is an issue with other Windows 7 users, but every suggestion I've seen I've tried, with no results. These have included:

    Deleting and reinstalling device drivers through device managers (have tried this several time)
    Applying various hotfixes and Mr. Fixits
    Complete uninstall and reinstall of Nero
    Complete uninstall of all DVD burning programs
    Installation of new Codec Packs
    Deleting of upper and lower limits in Registry
    Complete repair reinstall of Windows 7

    I have also made sure to install every single windows update that my machine suggests, including those that aren't listed as critical. still, nothing.

    There is no firmware upgrade available for either drive. both drives show as being up to date on their firmware.

    Anyone have any other ideas? I need to get this working soon for a project, and the only other thing I can think of is to completely wipe my hard drive, re-partition and re-format to get rid of any last traces of this Windows install, and start over again. I'd rather not do this.

    Pleaese help!


    Wednesday, November 23, 2011 3:24 PM

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    • Proposed as answer by Jiří Janata Thursday, June 21, 2012 6:21 PM
    Tuesday, January 10, 2012 10:04 PM