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Help burning DVDs w/ WMP on Vista

Q: Help burning DVDs w/ WMP on Vista

I've got an HP laptop w/ Vista on it. I tried to burn some DVDs and here's what happens every time:

1) Insert DVD, auto loads in HP Quickplay, cancel out.
2) File Explorer > Computer: Select DVD Drive and click "Burn to disc"
3) Window pops up: "There are no files to burn"
4) File Exlpore DVD, select all, then click "burn to disc" > same window pops up.

then I open WMP, go to the burn screen and try to drag the files to the drag and drop section but nothing moves. I've tried some other things but everytime it always ends with the window popping up saying "There are no files to burn." HELP! I just want to use my DVD Burner...

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A: Help burning DVDs w/ WMP on Vista

Windows Media Player can't burn DVDs. You should be able to burn them through Windows Explorer. Are you sure the laptop has a DVD burner and not just a CD burner?

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Looks like Windows doesn't like whatever driver is installed for your drive. You can try finding the drivers for your DVD drive and reinstalling them. You could also have Windows try and find the right drivers for you by going back to the Device Manager > DVD/CD-ROM drives > Right-Click on the drive > Properties > Driver > Update Driver > Search automatically for updated driver software.

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A:Connect Vista laptop to XP wireless home network

How to connect to a wireless network in Windows Vista.

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Replace it. Asus, LG, Lite-On, Samsung, Plextor, and Pioneer all have DVD-RW optical drives in the $18 to $30 price range. Why put up with a troublesome unit when they are so inexpensive.
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A:Burning & then says wrong volume

Describe the computer, and whether a desktop or laptop... and tell us how frequently you burn items to a disk. Those units do wear out, and are one of the high volume failures on some computers.
 

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Identify the make of your hard drive and then use one of the links below to get the manufacturers diagnostic for ISO CD. Burn the image file to a CD, boot the PC with the disc in the drive and run the diagnostics. You first need to set the CD drive to 1st in the boot order in the Bios setup.

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Hitachi/IBM: http://www.hitachigst.com/support/downloads/

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Seagate, Maxtor & Quantum:http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads

Western Digital:http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?lang=en

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Toshiba Fujitsu: http://sdd.toshiba.com/main.aspx?Path=SoftwareUtilities#diagnostic

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A:Toshiba laptops plays DVDs but can't create them

Just for laughs you should beg or borrow a USB DVD burner and see what happens with that.

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A:Computer stuck at loading screen (Windows Vista)

Can this be the cause of my problem?Click to expand...

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In any CD/DVD RW drive, there are 2 'lasers'. One is for reading, the other for writing.
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Hi daver14 (again),

Well i've never seen (or used) a different driver apart from "cdrom.sys" on every DVD drive i've had (and i've had about 7 or 8 main ones in the past). What i can say is, I have had this problem before with a "Combo drive" and it turned out to be a failure of the circuit board inside the drive itself (so hardware basicly)...The drive played CD's but not DVD's.

I'de hate to say "Go out a buy another" because maybe someone else has heard of some software resolution that i haven't...and obviously if their's a software fix, it will save cash on a new drive. But it does sound like the same thing i had on a combo drive in the past.
 

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Is the laptop getting hot under normal use?

Go to Control panel, Power and then change the settings for standby to off and apply.

Try it again and see what happens and report back please.

It sounds like it might be an issue when trying to head into standby if its not overheating related.
 

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If I get a Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 OEM disk can I perform a repair install without being able to boot the OS normally? I can't do anything with this computer at the moment--it just sits and does nothing. I slaved the HDD to another system and was able to read and write normally, so it's definitely a problem with Vista. Problem is I have no idea what is causing the computer to hang so I can't pull any errors and startup repair says there's no problems.
 

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A:Vista system recovery problem

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A:Audio Service not running Vista/Toshiba laptop

I saw someone mention something about going to the Registry Editor to remove dependencies but I couldn't figure out the registry (looked like lots of gobblegook to me) but since all of my dependent processes are running just fine, I don't think that would be the answer anyway.Click to expand...

You're absolutely right. DON'T try modifying the registry for this problem. Is far more likely to do damage then any good

A few thoughts...

1. I'd first attempt to simply uninstall then reinstall your audio drivers. To uninstall, look in Ctrl Panel->Program and Features and look for your audio to uninstall. Locate the driver download from the vendor website for your computer to reinstall

2. If reinstalling doesn't solve it Also, take a look at Reference Guide to Help Setup and Troubleshoot Windows Audio and Sound Cards

3. Tho I'll also mention that SOMETIMES malware can be what interferes with audio service and prevents it from running. I mention this to also keep in mind because you say Windows Update is also reporting errors. Both your audio and Windows update problem might due to malware.

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Try this firmware.
 

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A:DVD burning extremely slow

Hm, if both your hard drive and your DVD burner are running slow, I would suggest maybe looking into flashing the BIOS of your motherboard? Both the HD and the DVD are hooked up by SATA, correct?

A few things to test here: Transferring data from the computer to an external drive seems slow, try transferring data the same way in Safe Mode, see if it speeds up any, if it does, I would say some type of software is slowing it down.

Could try replacing the SATA cables, or if you have more then 2 SATA ports on the board, if they are not already spaced out, try spacing them farther apart(Though I do not see this as a soloution, you can always try it)

One other thing you could try if you believe it might be software/registry related rather then hardware is do a Recovery to a date/time previous to when you experienced this problem, see if that helps any,
 

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Have you checked for crud in your keyboard... any cause for a sticking key, sticking space bar, etc.

Don't see how the hard drive could cause the problem.

Have you looked at all the Dell Beep Codes... They are posted elsewhere on this TechSpot forum... that could give you a starting point.
 

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A:Buring problems. Total noob to burning

74sundance said:





Hey guy's...
I always have problems burning..Either the disk will burn and only work on my PC or the process will stop when it comes time to burn and say there's no CD.I have the Matroska pack and Divx plus.Click to expand...

Have you tried "ImgBurn" ? http://www.techspot.com/downloads/3285-imgburn.html WTF is the "Matroska pack"?




74sundance said:





I did manage to download an audio cd and burn it and have it work last night in my car.Click to expand...

Big deal, even Windows Media Player will burn CD Audio. You should give that a shot.



74sundance said:





I think my problem is that my DVD player on my TV is not DIVX do I need to use a different Codec (WMA)? Does some one have an easy solution for burning?Click to expand...

The DVD player in the TV is probably DVD-Video format only, unless it specifically states otherwise. Even free standing players that claim Divx, won't play all forms of it. It certainly won't run .wma or .avi files.



74sundance said:





I've got: DVD-R and DVD+R and CD-R
What should I use for what? Is there one CD/DVD I can get to do it all???Click to expand...

In a perfect world, yes. In this one, not a chance. Although you could ditch the DVD-R, there's no real need for it unless you have an old freestanding DVD recorder that needs them.

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Vista Display Problems

Hi, Your problem does seem to stem from the graphic driver update from Microsoft.
You uninstalled it, got desktop back, but now it looks like Windows 98.
In 'Search box' type 'appearance' (enter)
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I would think you will have the option 'adjust for best performance' (A dot next to it)
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It's still most likely you don't have the best Graphic drivers installed.
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You need to find out what graphics chip you have. In 'Search' box type 'dxdiag'
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MANUFACTURER and VERSION of the Graphic chip. ( Please read #1 lower down)
'Google' that information and you will get to the makers site, (most likely Nvidia or ATI)
Go to 'downloads' and search for your option, get the best match you can see.
Download the package to 'Desktop' or somewhere you can find again.
Right click on it's icon, choose 'Run as administator', and follow prompts.
You might need to reboot, but your display should be 'as new'.

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I would personally remove all the RAM except for one stick (no power to the pc first) and then reset the bios, either by the board jumper, or by removing the cmos battery.
Boot the computer to make sure it starts ok.
Do this again adding one stick at a time.
Once you have all your RAM in, reset the bios again and then power up the pc.

Fingers crossed.
 

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And you don't say, or i missed in my skim of your post, but does your HD work consistently as USB 2.0 on other computers???
 

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Please don't use any registry repair programs. They are as likely to destroy as to repair.
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If the connections are the same it will fit into your old case/computer. Your older PC would recognise the new drive no probiems, and essentially there would be no issues with setting it up to work...

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Fit the new drive to the old computer
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Do a full clean install of Vista

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A:Vista Home Premium, HP Pavilion laptop keyboard not working

kimsland said:





Cleaning Laptop KeyboardClick to expand...

Other than cleaning
You may need to physically remove the keyboard (usually via removing screws underneath laptop)
And disconnect it then reconnect it

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It works now

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