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CD-R/RW Broke, Can I Use DVD-Rom to Launch Installation CD?

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February 10, 2011 6:01:36 PM

Hello! I hope somebody can help, I am desperate.

While trying to repair my PC, the installation CD busted up in pieces and broke my CD-R/RW. I need to do a repair installation and obtained a new CD. I was told by MS that I can load the CD in the DVD Player, but it won't do it. The DVD Player will "eject" but the only DVD I have is a movie which will not load.

This is what I have:
- XP Home
- Samsung CD-R/RW SW-252S
- Samsung DVD-Rom SD-616E

Is there a way to repoint the software to the opposite tray so I can use CDs, or is there a "service" I need to make sure is Auto/Started. Any info you can provide will be appreciated. MS Customer Support has been screwing around with me on this issue.

Thank you.

Jai
February 10, 2011 6:19:06 PM

As long as the DVD drive isn't broken you should be able to pop in a CD and boot to it. What exactly are you trying to do though?
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February 10, 2011 8:22:33 PM

wanamingo said:
As long as the DVD drive isn't broken you should be able to pop in a CD and boot to it. What exactly are you trying to do though?


Hi and thank you for responding.
My PC is shot due to uninstalling programs and reinstalling them. I have a new XP Home Installation CD and want to do a "repair" or in the meantime fix a few programs (i.e., Outlook). The DVD Door opens and closes, whereas the CD Door does not.
I have a good understanding of PCs but not with the CD/DVD Players installed (came this way). I figure there's a way to go around this problem and do it myself (no $ for tech repair).
Can you help?
Jai
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February 10, 2011 10:18:25 PM

If your DVD drive does not auto play you can check the box in the drives properties. Or, in windows explorer click on your DVD drive icon on the left, then in the right hand window click the setup.exe icon
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February 11, 2011 12:31:49 AM

Mibix19: I wish it was easy as you said, but I don't have any options to do this. I have the CD in the DVD Player, I can eject it or pop it back in. When I click on it via My Computer, it says "Please insert a disk into Drive D." It does not recognize the disk. Before the CD Player broke, it was fine. Don't know what to do at this point...
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February 11, 2011 4:35:09 PM

From this link read the CD drive not recognised and follow instructions to delete the filters in the registry. http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itpr... If this does not work it would seem your dvd drive is broken as well. If you could borrow a USB cd drive you can do a repair / install from that
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February 11, 2011 4:43:47 PM

mibix19 said:
From this link read the CD drive not recognised and follow instructions to delete the filters in the registry. http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itpr... If this does not work it would seem your dvd drive is broken as well. If you could borrow a USB cd drive you can do a repair / install from that


Mibix19: Thank you, I'll check out the link. I've also been looking for someone I can borrow a portable CD from...
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