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Tell Me About...Installing a DVD Burner on My Computer, update

 
czygyny
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Tell Me About...Installing a DVD Burner on My Computer, update
OK, I buy a whole stack of blank CDs to burn and the very first disc, my burner decides to finally give up the ghost.

I had been having to use a wire in the little hole to get the tray to open for a while and it just finally quit seeing the discs altogether.

I've ordered another burner and will attempt to install it myself as I am handy about fixing things, but it will be my first time inside the guts of my computer.

Anything special I need to consider?

Last Edited by czygyny on 07/13/2010 10:47 PM
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I'll send this link to hubby, he replaced ours recently, as well, as other computer related updates. He might could help hf
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Re: Tell Me About...Installing a DVD Burner on My Computer, update
touch your pc case before touching anything inside.


there arent many cables to connect.. ide ribbon, power plug, maybe a few others depending on your motherboard.. and possibly a jumper.


It is stupidly easy.


And please tell me you bought a dvd-burner and not a cd-burner.


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a pc is just a hardware piece of crap that comes between you & whatever it is you're trying to do - software is what makes it all impossible

have fun with your burning SW, DRM & codec compatibility issues!

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Probably the simplest "repair" to perform on a PC.

Unplug everything. Put the PC up on a table or counter, preferably on a non-conductive surface (rubber mat or somesuch.) Remove the side panels and you'll see the old burner, resting between to boxed rails. Pull the four screws, slide the old burner out the FRONT of the case. Unplug the four-pin power connecter and the bus connector (is it IDE or SATA, or did you check before ordering the new burner?) Please note, in the absence of an anti-static wrist strap, you should try to keep your arm in contat with the metal frame of the casing at all times, to ground you and avoid static damage to any components.

If you have the proper type of connectors, great! Simply reverse the procedure, and you've finished. It really is that simple, I have replaced literally hundreds of optical drives. As I said, the ONLY issue you might encounter is if you have an older IDE-style data connector, and you BOUGHT a SATA drive. This is a fairly common happenstance.

Cheers!

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Dude, just buy a new one and throw it in there. Aint that hard.
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Probably the simplest "repair" to perform on a PC.

Unplug everything. Put the PC up on a table or counter, preferably on a non-conductive surface (rubber mat or somesuch.) Remove the side panels and you'll see the old burner, resting between to boxed rails. Pull the four screws, slide the old burner out the FRONT of the case. Unplug the four-pin power connecter and the bus connector (is it IDE or SATA, or did you check before ordering the new burner?) Please note, in the absence of an anti-static wrist strap, you should try to keep your arm in contat with the metal frame of the casing at all times, to ground you and avoid static damage to any components.

If you have the proper type of connectors, great! Simply reverse the procedure, and you've finished. It really is that simple, I have replaced literally hundreds of optical drives. As I said, the ONLY issue you might encounter is if you have an older IDE-style data connector, and you BOUGHT a SATA drive. This is a fairly common happenstance.

Cheers!
 Quoting: MountainTux


guess i'm too late here. i was gonna say the same thing, but now it need not be repeated. only thing i can add is that if i (a non-computer moran) can do it, you can!
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Re: Tell Me About...Installing a DVD Burner on My Computer, update
touch your pc case before touching anything inside.


there arent many cables to connect.. ide ribbon, power plug, maybe a few others depending on your motherboard.. and possibly a jumper.


It is stupidly easy.


And please tell me you bought a dvd-burner and not a cd-burner.


 Quoting: thinK.


Yeah, yeah, a DVD burner, sorry for the archaic terminology. When I first began working on computers there was no such thing as a CD/DVD burner...it was just floppy disks.


Dude, just buy a new one and throw it in there. Aint that hard.
 Quoting: Hawk0



Hey Hawk0, ya' know the first time someone does something it can be quite intimidating.

So, tell me, how many times have you washed up your hands and arms and gone inside a ewe to untangle a set of twin lambs that all want to come out at once, or rearranging the legs and bring the head of an unborn calf around straight so it can be born?

Have you ever replaced a burst 2" PVC water main at night in a torrential rainstorm? What type of glue do you use, and should you use a compression or expansion fitting to bridge the gap?

Ain't that hard. Once you know what you are doing.

(pss-s-t, that's 'dudette', BTW)


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Probably the simplest "repair" to perform on a PC.

Unplug everything. Put the PC up on a table or counter, preferably on a non-conductive surface (rubber mat or somesuch.) Remove the side panels and you'll see the old burner, resting between to boxed rails. Pull the four screws, slide the old burner out the FRONT of the case. Unplug the four-pin power connecter and the bus connector (is it IDE or SATA, or did you check before ordering the new burner?) Please note, in the absence of an anti-static wrist strap, you should try to keep your arm in contat with the metal frame of the casing at all times, to ground you and avoid static damage to any components.

If you have the proper type of connectors, great! Simply reverse the procedure, and you've finished. It really is that simple, I have replaced literally hundreds of optical drives. As I said, the ONLY issue you might encounter is if you have an older IDE-style data connector, and you BOUGHT a SATA drive. This is a fairly common happenstance.

Cheers!
 Quoting: MountainTux


Thank you ever so much. The old burner and computer are not that old, so I am hoping the connections will be compatible.

I live at the end of a dirt road and the dust is a computer and printer killer, so I am sure it has something to do with this failure.

I have my can of air ready to clean off all surfaces inside.
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OK, got the burner, installed it, cleaned out dustbunnies from hell from the CPU.

The burner rips and plays fine, but when I try to burn a playlist in Windows Media Player, it will burn the first and perhaps the last song, but I get a red icon/white X and message on the rest: 'Windows Media Player encountered an error while burning. Verify that the burner is connected properly and that the disc is clean and not damaged.'

I've tried different brand discs, but I get the same problem. First and last selection burns but the rest error.

What's up with that? Anyone know what to do to remedy this. I have a bunch of playlists I want to burn (condensing my extensive library for my bug-out-bag)
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Rosh Chodesh Czygny!
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Yes! Thank you for reminding me! I'll be out there with my shofar shouting in the new month! horn2
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I've never seen that error where it's burning a few of the songs, but not all. Makes it a frustrating diagnosis because it's obviously capable for burning.

Microsoft suggests trying a slower burn speed:

1. Click the Burn tab, click More Options.
2. In the Burn speed box, select a slower speed.

The only other thing I can think of is to look at the tray door of the burner and see what symbols are there like "+R" or "-R" or whatever and then make sure the blank DVDs you bought match the symbol on your burner.
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try alternate burning software

this is free and reliable:

[link to cdburnerxp.se]
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What brand burner did you get?
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OK, got the burner, installed it, cleaned out dustbunnies from hell from the CPU.

...when I try to burn a playlist in Windows Media Player, it will burn the first and perhaps the last song, but I get a red icon/white X and message on the rest:

<SNIP>

What's up with that?

 Quoting: czygyny


WiMP SUCKS! I totally agree with Anubis, get some other burning software. I use CDBurnerXP & it works fine.
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or this one

InfraRecorder is a free CD/DVD burning solution for Microsoft Windows. It offers a wide range of powerful features; all through an easy to use application interface and Windows Explorer integration.

[link to infrarecorder.org]
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wtf buy a blu ray burner!!! noob
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I've never seen that error where it's burning a few of the songs, but not all. Makes it a frustrating diagnosis because it's obviously capable for burning.

Microsoft suggests trying a slower burn speed:

1. Click the Burn tab, click More Options.
2. In the Burn speed box, select a slower speed.

The only other thing I can think of is to look at the tray door of the burner and see what symbols are there like "+R" or "-R" or whatever and then make sure the blank DVDs you bought match the symbol on your burner.
 Quoting: gnostic


I tried a slower speed, checking for registry errors, and used different software (I have a few, but prefer Windows Media Player for my playlists). The problem is in Windows, because the other software worked fine, but my 15+ playlists are all in WMP.

try alternate burning software

this is free and reliable:

[link to cdburnerxp.se]
 Quoting: Anubis


I'll give this one a try too, but my music I ripped with WMP couldn't be seen by the other software I used.

What brand burner did you get?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1036193


Sony Optiarc 24X.

or this one

InfraRecorder is a free CD/DVD burning solution for Microsoft Windows. It offers a wide range of powerful features; all through an easy to use application interface and Windows Explorer integration.

[link to infrarecorder.org]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1022207


I'll give this one a try, too.

wtf buy a blu ray burner!!! noob
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1036004


I am not interested in blu-ray, dude. I am not a media freak, and I just got rid of all my VHS and had to replace my meager collection with DVDs. I'm not about to go and buy a blu-ray player and pay out the nose for the blu-ray movies.

Like I said before, I am trying to whittle my extensive music library down to a few packable CDs in the event I have to 'bug-out' from my place for good.

I have a (A) take-all plan, a (B) take-some plan and a (C) take-few plan.

That is why I really want this WMP to work. I already have quite a few hours invested in creating these playlists and I've used WMP for probably 10-15 years with no problem.

Until my old burner hacked and wheezed its last, it all worked just hunky-dory.
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