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Information about how to Fix a Faulty CD Burner Driver

In Windows XP Home and Pro you do not need to install extra drivers for many devices on your machine such as your CD Burner, the core code allows it to automatically be recognized and installed straight away.

However if you are having some difficulties burning a CD then use the below guide to fix a faulty CD burner Driver:

1) Go to 'My Computer'

2) Right click the CD Drive and click 'Properties', then select the 'Recording' tab as shown below

recordingtab

If you do not see this tab, it means that Windows does not recognize your CD burning device.

For Windows 7 Users only, you can use the latest Windows Hardware Compatibility List to check whether your CD burner is supported.

For Windows XP users and other previous versions of Windows, Microsoft no longer provides a Hardware Compatibility List.

Therefore I would recommend you consult your CD burner's manual, or refer to the manufacturer's website for more information. If the drive is listed but you have no recording tab, you will need to edit the registry

WARNING EDITING THE REGISTRY IS VERY RISKY IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING, IT CAN DAMAGE YOUR SYSTEM.IF YOU DON'T WANT TO DO IT CONSULT SOMEONE ELSE WHO CAN DO IT FOR YOU. NEVER ATTEMPT ANYTHING YOU ARE UNSURE OF, IT'S NOT WORTH THE RISK

Firstly you will want to go to the Start Menu and click 'Run' then type in to the dialogue box 'regedit'

You will then want to go to the following Registry key

'HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerCD BurningDrives'

Then click on the File menu and click 'Export'

We will now do a backup as a precaution just in case things go wrong, so you will want to type in something like 'backup of drives key' then click 'Save'

NB- If you want to restore this backup simply double click it and it will automatically be placed back into the Registry

In the left hand side click the Volume{GUID}, 'Volume' is replaced with a unique key, you will find this folder under 'Drives'

In the right hand side of the Registry Edit Window you will want to double click 'Drive Type'

Now in the 'Value' box you need to type either 1 or 2.

1 is for CD-R

2 is for CD-RW

Once you have entered this and clicked OK exit the Registry Edit and go back to step 2 and see if the Recording tab is there, if it is Windows XP now recognizes it.

3) Other things that might help are:

  • In the Recording Tab of your CD Drive click 'Enable CD recording on this drive'. This is usually on by default however if you want to use a third party tool such as Nero and there is a conflict you can easily switch it off
  • Check the drive is properly connected to the PC
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