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OS thinks DVD drive is a CD drive

By tuns99 ·
I have an older PC running WinME with separate CD-RW and DVD drives. Everything worked fine until I installed a trial version of Pinnacle CD/DVD software. Since then my DVD drive is no longer recognized as a DVD. I uninstalled the Pinnacle software but the OS still thinks it is a CD and I can't get it to set it up as a DVD drive.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to OS thinks DVD drive is a ...

Sounds as if the trial version has a few bugs. What has happened here is a Registry error has cropped up so the easiest way to to scan the registry and fix any incorrect entries.

For a trial version of software that works try Iolo's System mechanic it's a fully functioning 30 day trial period and do not download the Pro version as its only difference to the standard version is it has an AV product installed.

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by tuns99 In reply to

Thanks! I edited the registry and took out anything that mentioned pinnacle (after I backed it up first of course). Rebooted and my DVD drive is back just as before.

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by CG IT In reply to OS thinks DVD drive is a ...

well I have the same issue[though its not really an issue] in XP but the BIOS sees it as a DVD and the O/S actually sees it as a DVD [device manager] but when you look at My Computer, the device is seen as a CD because the last disc I put in it was a CD.

There really isn't any setting up a device like a CD as one. What would really be the issue is if whatever application [like Pinnacle or Nero or Roxio] your using doesn't recognize the DVD as a DVD. I have an NEC 2500A DVD and Roxio refuses to see it as a DVD. However Nero does. So, Roxio is out and Nero is in.

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by CG IT In reply to

if all the applications you are trying to use see the drive as a CD-R, you might want to get the latest drivers or consider a firmware update from the DVD mfg.

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by tuns99 In reply to

Sorry, but no programs recognized the drive at all.

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by tuns99 In reply to OS thinks DVD drive is a ...

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