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Resolving DVD-ROM Problems for Windows XP

June 11th, 2011 No comments

Despite the proliferation of high-speed internet access that allows computer users to download massive amounts of data, including their programs, video games, and videos, CDs and DVDs are still far and away among the preferred ways of transferring large files, installing applications, and enjoying movies and music. For this reason, a working DVD-ROM drive is an absolute must for anybody reliant on their computer for either work or entertainment. With recent innovations such as dual layer DVDs and high-capacity Blu-ray discs, a lot of people are upgrading their older optical drives for newer models.

Windows XP: Getting Old

Unfortunately, computer users still running Windows XP have been experiencing trouble getting their new drives to work with their systems. This can be attributed to the age of the operating system. As reliable and beloved as it is, Windows XP is beginning to show its age, especially in the realm of hardware support. The good news is, you can still upgrade to a newer DVD-ROM drive if you follow the following steps

Ensure Compatibility

DVD-ROM drives are made by a large number of manufacturers, each with their own specific ways of doing things, affecting not just performance and price, but compatibility as well. So before you go off and purchase a new DVD drive for your PC, you might want to pop over to this website, which is Microsoft’s exhaustive list of all the devices that are compatible with Windows XP. If the drive you’re thinking about getting is new, then it might not yet be listed on the catalog yet. Be sure to check the list for updates before making any other future purchases.

Windows XP has been the subject of 3 official service packs and numerous other updates. While most of these upgrades concern themselves with improving the operating system’s security and functionality, it also updates its library of drivers, which in turn makes it compatible with the newest devices and technologies. To update your copy of Windows XP, you can visit Microsoft’s dedicated webpage here.

Update Your Drivers

Since drivers are the software that allows your devices to interface properly with your operating system, they are absolutely necessary. The device’s driver might not be properly installed, or might be in need of some updating itself. The best way to do this would be to visit the website of your DVD drive’s manufacturer, go to their downloads or support page, pick out the right driver for your device and operating system combination, download it, and then install it.

If that task sounds like a handful or an unacceptable strain on your time, then you should be glad to hear that you don’t really need to bother with it anymore. Just download our user-friendly Driver Scan Tool and it will check out your system to see if all your device drivers are compatible and up to date. No more wasted hours of figuring out the problem anymore. Give it a try and see what a hassle-free computing experience is all about.

Troubleshooting CD/DVD Driver Problems for Windows XP

March 10th, 2011 1 comment

Windows XP is one of the most beloved operating systems ever released, still holding on to a significant chunk of the operating system market even after the release of two successors, Windows Vista and Windows 7. However, the old reliable workhorse is beginning to show its age, being unable to run some of the latest games and applications, as well as being left behind in the realm of hardware compatibility.

This is particularly apparent when it comes to the latest CD and DVD drives. Back then, all you had to do was install the hardware onto your PC and your operating system would automatically detect and install the device. This is because Windows XP comes pre-loaded with drivers for such devices, and is able to select the right one for a certain piece of hardware without prompting.

However, as new types and versions of these drives come out, Windows XP’s driver database hasn’t been able to keep up, which is why some people have run into problems getting the operating system to recognize when a new one has been installed. Fortunately, you don’t have to throw out Windows XP just yet.

Here are a few things you can do to get your new CD or DVD drive working:

Update To The Latest Service Pack

First of all, try updating your version of Windows XP, checking to see if it has the latest Service Packs and official updates installed. These patches usually come with new drivers for all sorts of devices in order to keep the OS up to date with the latest hardware on the market. If you’re sporting the latest version of Windows XP and still can’t get your drive detected, then you’ll have to follow a few extra steps.

Check The Device Manager

The first thing to do is to verify if the drive is correctly installed onto your system. If you aren’t certain if the drive is installed properly, then you can look it up on the device manager. To access it, simply click Start, right-click on the My Computer icon, and then click on Properties. Once the Properties dialog is on-screen, click the Hardware tab, and then click the Device Manager button. Look for your drive on the list of installed devices on your computer. If it’s on the list, it should provide a short description of its status, whether it’s in working order, lacks a driver, or is malfunctioning.

Verify That The Drive Is Compatible

The next thing on your to do list is to determine whether or not the drive you have is on Windows XP’s Hardware compatibility list. This list is constantly updated, and can be found at this website. If the drive that you have is on the list, you should be able to download the appropriate driver from that very website. If your brand new drive isn’t on the list yet, then try contacting its manufacturer. They should provide a driver that allows you to use it with Windows XP. If the drive still doesn’t work after getting the appropriate driver from either Windows or the manufacturer, you might want to double-check if the drive itself still works. That way, you might still be able to get a refund or replacement for the device.

 

How To Write or Burn Drivers as an ISO Image to CD or DVD?

November 19th, 2010 No comments

From Wikipedia, an ISO image is an archive file (also known as a disc image) of an optical disc (CD/DVD) in a format defined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This format is supported by many software vendors. ISO image files typically have a file extension of .ISO.

They may also have an extension of .IMG or .NRG (Nero’s proprietary disc image format). ISO files are actual mirror images or ghost images of complete CDs or DVDs. ISO images can be written or burned on to discs, using many disc writing/recording programs like Nero, Roxio’s Easy CD Creator, etc.

When you download a file with an extension of .ISO or .IMG, and double click on it to open, if you don’t have a disc image writing program like the ones mentioned above, Windows shows a dialogue box, asking you to choose a program to use for writing/burning the image file.

Windows cannot open this file
Windows cannot open this file

To use the programs contained in the ISO file, you have to write or burn it on to a CD or a DVD (depending on the size of the ISO file). If you don’t have a disc writing program like Nero or Easy CD Creator, download and install a free program like ImgBurn. It’s completely free to use.

Writing or burning an ISO image file to disc is a little bit different than writing or burning normal data files. But you only have to click the right button in the program to do this for you. You don’t have to worry about how the program works. Examples of ISO files are operating system downloads, like the many Linux distros, and any other bootable discs like the Kaspersky Antivirus Rescue CD ISO.

How to burn .ISO or .IMG files with ImgBurn?

Below, you can find detailed instructions, how to download, install and use the Imgburn program to burn ISO image files to a blank disc.

1. Download the free ImgBurn program for burning ISO image files, from here. After downloading it, double-click to run it. You’ll get the Windows’ Open File Security Warning dialogue box. Click on Run.

Download free ImgBurn
Download free ImgBurn

2. The ImgBurn setup Wizard starts. Click Next.

ImgBurn setup Wizard

ImgBurn Setup Wizard

3. Click the “I accept …” checkbox on the License Agreement page and click Next.

Accept License Agreement
Accept License Agreement

4. Click Next to accept the default type of install.

Click Next to accept the default options

Click Next to accept the default options

5. Click Next to accept the default install location.

Click Next to accept the default install location
Click Next to accept the default install location

6. Click Next for the default start menu folder.

Click Next for the default start menu folder
Click Next for the default start menu folder

7. Click Finish to complete the installation and run ImgBurn.

Complete the installation and run ImgBurn
Complete the installation and run ImgBurn

8. This is the how the ImgBurn program looks. You may close the ImgBurn log, but it’s nice to leave it open, since it gives details of what the program is doing. Click the “Write image file to disc” button.

Write image file to disc

9. On the next screen, select the ISO file, which you want to burn, using the folder button near the top. You can uncheck the Verify check box. If you want to burn more than one disc, you can select the number of copies on the right. Then click on the big Write button (the green colored play button) to write the image to disc.

Click the Write button

Click the Write button

10. ImgBurn starts writing the image file to disc and shows the progress bars as seen below. It also gives some status messages about the write operation, in the log below. If you want to eject the disc after writing, you can select the checkbox labeled “Eject tray”. There are other options which you may want to select on the following screen.

Disc Write progress

Disc Write progress

11. After the disc writing is complete, ImgBurn gives an “Operation Completed Successfully” message and if you have working sound and speakers, music will be heard for a few seconds.

Operation Completed Successfully
Operation Completed Successfully

12. The ISO file is written to the disc and you can check the disc. You may need to eject the disc before you can see its contents.

There’s another method to burn ISO files to disc, detailed below.

Using ISO Recorder powertoy to burn ISO files to disc.

ISO Recorder is a free Windows tool using which, you can write or burn ISO image files to CDs/DVDs, using a simple right click on the ISO file in My Computer or Windows Explorer. Just like you write files to a disc, right from within Windows Explorer, you can do the same for ISO files.

To download this tool or for more information, visit the author’s Web page.

After you have downloaded ISO Recorder from the above page, here are the steps to install it:

1. Open the folder where you downloaded ISO Recorder and double-click it to install.

Download ISO Recorder Power Toy
Download ISO Recorder Power Toy

2. ISO Recorder Setup Wizard runs as shown. Click the Next button.

ISO Recorder Setup Wizard
ISO Recorder Setup Wizard

3. Click the radio button labeled, “I Agree” and then click Next.

Accept License Agreement
Accept License Agreement

4. Select “Everyone”, if you want to install it for all user accounts on your computer. If you are the only user, just click Next.

Select Installation Folder
Select Installation Folder

5. Confirm the installation and click Next to begin installation. Then, click the Close button.

Steps to create a CD after you have installed ISO Recorder

  1. Insert a blank CD or DVD in your CD-RW or DVD-RW drive.
  2. Open the folder containing the ISO file in My Computer or Windows Explorer.
  3. Right-click the downloaded ISO file and click Copy image to CD, to open ISO Recorder.
    Copy ISO Image to CD
    Copy ISO Image to CD

4. This opens the ISO Recorder Wizard. Since you already selected the ISO file by right-clicking it, the path to the file is displayed in the “Image file” box. If you want to select a different ISO file, you can do so by using the “” button. Click Next to write the ISO file to the CD/DVD.

CD Recording Wizard
CD Recording Wizard

5. The CD Recording Wizard shows a progress bar and when it is finished, after a few seconds, the CD ejects. Click Finish, and you’re done. You may re-insert the CD back into the drive, to check its contents.

CD Recording Progress
CD Recording Progress

This tool is only able to write or burn .ISO files but you may be able to burn .IMG files by changing their extension to .ISO, before burning them. You can also copy CD to CD instead of burning an ISO file to a CD.

CD-Door Guard Driver Update

December 29th, 2008 No comments

If you own a computer system comes with an optical disc drive and other people use that very unit, there are instances that they might misuse the CD drive until they have broken the drive door by accident. This trouble may cost you since its warranty doesn’t cover such damage, and buying a new one would be quite expensive. For that reason, you might want to add some applications that allow you to manage the actions of the CD/DVD drive door and prevent unauthorized.

CD-Door Guard is an award-winning utility created by Mental Works Computing. This program allows PC users to gain more control on their media disc drives and keeps the hardware from crashing. For instance, the program closes the drive door if it is opened for too long.

CD-Door Guard provides the ultimate protection for these types of devices. In fact, it can also help you save a lot of money from buying a new media disc drive while your old one is still working correctly.

Here are some of the program’s main features:

  • Compatible with any CD/DVD optical drive
  • Open or closes the device’s door at a click on the mouse
  • Warns the user if the CD/DVD drive contains a disc when the computer shuts down
  • Multilingual support
  • Easy-to-use device lock to prevent unauthorized use

CD-Door Guard 3.1.1 was released on December 29, 2008 with slight bug fixes. This software can be installed on any computer system with at least 64 MB of RAM, 2 Mb of HDD space, media disc drives and any of the following operating systems:

  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista

CD-Door Guard 3.1.1 actually costs $12.75. However, you can still get its full features by downloading the free trial version of this CD, DVD & Blu-ray Driver on this link.

 

 

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