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2 Optical drives burning simultaneously??

Q: 2 Optical drives burning simultaneously??

I have 2 LITE-ON DVDRW LH-20A1H drives and can't burn a disc on them simultaneously.
Is there a way i can do this? If i check the box to enable burning on a drive in its properties, then it will automatically uncheck the other drives box.
Also, if i do change which drive i am wanting to burn with, i have to restart my machine before burning or else i just get errors and another coaster.

If i can't burn simulataneously, is there any reason to have to burning drives?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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A: 2 Optical drives burning simultaneously??

This is because your computer hardware is not up to the task of simultaneously burning. Memory type and amount, motherboard, power supply, hard drives and CD/DVD burners, all have a say in how your system burns CD's.

What are your computer specs? Do you really think this is a dumb question to ask on a computer hardware help website?
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A:Cannot access any optical drives

Welcome to the forums .

Try a System Restore to an earlier day than the problem started.

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A:Optical Drives from another realm...

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Hey Larry,
did you get this resolved?
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Are they enabled in BIOS?
If these are IDE/ATA, are the jumpers set correctly (Master/Slave)?
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A:Missing optical drives.

Even though it appears you're having the same problem, please start a new thread when you have a new issue. It's very difficult to keep two problems straight and who's working on what in a single thread.

I've created a new thread for your issue here.

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It might pay you to check your boot settings in the system BIOS.

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A:OptiPlex 745 does not recognize optical drives

(SOLVED)  All credit to the Author listed below;
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Author - Caruda
This is a common problem that has existed in several versions of
windows. You essentially have a registry error that is causing your
Optical Drive not to work. Follow the steps below to fix your issue.
1) Close all open programs
2) Click on Start, Run, and type REGEDIT and press Enter
3) Click on the plus signs (+) next to the following folders
4) This folder is the DVD/CDROM
Drive Class Description in the
registry. Look for any of the following names in the right window
5) If any of the above keys shown in step 4 are listed, rightclick
on them and choose Delete
6) After deleting the keys, close the Registry Editor
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A:Auto Play gone for both optical drives

A couple of things you can try are, go to your device manager and right click on your optical drives, choose uninstall. Reboot your computer and Windows will redetect them.

If that doesn`t help, download the attached Autofix programme. extract it, then run the programme. It`s supposed to fix any autoplay issues.

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Did you install all the updates from Windows? Install any drivers for your optical drives from there websites?
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A:Optical Drives Not Working All Of A Sudden.

Hi AF.
Bummer deal, doesn't sound good.
Do you have a multimeter?
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You could try using a flash drive (memory stick, pen drive whatever you want to call them). Find a XP repair option and make it bootable from the USB stick and then configure the BIOs to boot from the drive.
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1 You could update your bios to the latest version 1002 BIOS for M2N-SLI :

ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

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Quote: Originally Posted by SJMX

Hi Guys

First post here so please allow me to make a few mistakes.

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Any ideas?

I hope thats understandable to you all.

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Anything more you need to know just ask.



EDIT: just as a quick test I inserted a DVD and it seemed to see it was a "DVD" and opened the standard media application on windows but then it almosted stopped reading and didnt load anything. AHHH!


Try the Windows 7 DVD, it worked during install, so you are sure it is ok.

See if that disk fails too, just to make sure it's not the disks.

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Strange indeed

Plz explain when you say the drives were changed?
Are these both on the same IDE cable?