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    Computer Help Please

    To make a long story short, my computer's graphics card melted causing me to format the hard drive and reinstalling windows. (I put in a new graphics card and everything now.)


    Problem: My computer won't recognize blank DVD's or CD's. It has no problems recognizing normal discs, but whenever I want to use a blank disc it comes up with an error.

    (Also notice that the Removable Discs are no longer labeled.)

    Can somebody please help me?



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    Re: Computer Help Please

    Your drive may be effed. Do you have another burner somewhere you can swap in and try?



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    Re: Computer Help Please

    Quote Originally Posted by bos View Post
    Your drive may be effed. Do you have another burner somewhere you can swap in and try?
    I don't have another burner... Is it possible that the software in the drive is corrupt? Could I reinstall it somehow?


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    Re: Computer Help Please

    "Melting" graphics card shouldn't have required you to format the hard drive...
    Also, why did the card "melt"?
    It's possible that a bad power supply could have dorked your whole system up, if it was the cause of your graphics card meltdown.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jumbopackage View Post
    "Melting" graphics card shouldn't have required you to format the hard drive...
    Also, why did the card "melt"?
    It's possible that a bad power supply could have dorked your whole system up, if it was the cause of your graphics card meltdown.
    The graphics card somehow knocked its fan off and warped itself. That eventually gave me a blue screen I couldn't get around.



    Edit: It's a Gateway


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    Re: Computer Help Please

    if you are not having other problems the first thing I would try is swapping out the drive, and as others have said you shouldn't have needed a format after replacing a bad video card. If it did it likely caused other internal problems also.



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    Quote Originally Posted by JUKEBOX View Post
    The graphics card somehow knocked its fan off and warped itself. That eventually gave me a blue screen I couldn't get around.
    Then you still could have replaced the graphics card without having to format anything.

    How did you install windows again? Can the disc you are trying to read from be read in other computers?

    There isn't really any software for drives. There's some firmware for some of them, but that should really never be a problem.

    I agree with swapping another drive in and seeing if that's the problem.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jumbopackage View Post
    Then you still could have replaced the graphics card without having to format anything.

    How did you install windows again? Can the disc you are trying to read from be read in other computers?

    There isn't really any software for drives. There's some firmware for some of them, but that should really never be a problem.

    I agree with swapping another drive in and seeing if that's the problem.
    The blank discs can be read in other computers. Maybe I'll buy a new drive.



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    Re: Computer Help Please

    Quote Originally Posted by JUKEBOX View Post
    To make a long story short, my computer's graphics card melted causing me to format the hard drive and reinstalling windows. (I put in a new graphics card and everything now.)


    Problem: My computer won't recognize blank DVD's or CD's. It has no problems recognizing normal discs, but whenever I want to use a blank disc it comes up with an error.

    (Also notice that the Removable Discs are no longer labeled.)

    Can somebody please help me?
    Were the removable discs labeled before? My wife's desktop has a built-in card reader that shows up as a set of 4 "removable discs" when no memory cards are inserted. Her computer sees that hardware is there for removable media, but it doesn't see the memory cards (when they're not inserted).



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    Quote Originally Posted by JUKEBOX View Post
    The graphics card somehow knocked its fan off and warped itself. That eventually gave me a blue screen I couldn't get around.



    Edit: It's a Gateway

    There is a good chance it may have caused some shorts. Swap a drive and see what happens. If you start losing parts one by one, you will be looking at a new system. Lets hope it doesnt get that far. Its rare, but it does happen.



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    Isn't that a message you would expect to get when trying to read a blank disc?


    I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kilgore_trout View Post
    Isn't that a message you would expect to get when trying to read a blank disc?

    No. They usually prompt you to create a label or add files.



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    Re: Computer Help Please

    There may have been another internal problem that I was not aware about also. I'm pretty sure it wasn't a virus, but there might have been a corrupt registry that caused the blue screen. (Maybe I just stumbled upon the graphics card after opening it.)



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    Quote Originally Posted by bos View Post
    No. They usually prompt you to create a label or add files.
    Seems like a software problem - no burning software installed.


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    Re: Computer Help Please

    Quote Originally Posted by kilgore_trout View Post
    Seems like a software problem - no burning software installed.
    You don't need burning software windows has it as part of the OS



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