XHarvesterX Mar 29, I got a similar problem it can read purchased cd’s but not blank cd’s and it can read burned dvd’s and not purchased dvd’s i have upgraded it to 1. I am going to buy a separate drive that is just DVD-rom so as to keep cost down. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. Replace the drive, either warranty or out-of-pocket. Some files are too large for CDs which the drive handles slowly, but OK. Alun Cox Level 3 Expert Answers.

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My drive had the D firmware, upgrading to E that was suggested somewhere and posted by DELL did not help me at all.

I’ve got the very same comment hl-dt-et a while now, and I’m starting to fear that now it starts not to read CD’s as well, for ususally when I’m playing a CD-ROM game my whole computer crashes. Make sure it’s displayed not as a cd-rom drive and why don;t u reintall it?

Check the warranty on the drive. Posted by fathimarin on Mar 14, Have you tried the latest v1.

HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GWA4164B [CD-ROM drive] will only play dvds but wont play cds

Manually try this fix if the Fixit did not work http: Anonymous Apr 22, Your answer needs to include more details to help people. In fact there are not Windows 7 gwa4164 at all for that model.


I have a Dell Dimension I had to take it to be fixed as the windows was corrupt. For laptops you can often clean the power and data contacts with a pencil eraser. I saw above someone said to crossflash it with buffalo firmware, which specific buffalo firmware should be hl-dy-st with this drive?

HL-DT-ST GWAB Firmware E Download

Also check the Compatibility Center for major devices http: I also have a Dell computer Dimension it came with the same LG burner,I have had the burner replaced twice by Dell. I had the same problem solved it with new firmwire. MongoTheMad Sep 01, Related Question Hl-dt-st-dvdrrw gwab. Sorry this didn’t help. Talked to LG the makers of this device… They gave me a microsoft fixit program called MicrosoftFixit Tom Scott Apr 04, Posted on Jan 02, Manufacturer is unknown to me.

DVD/CD will not read or write__HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GWA4164B

So the drive is troublesome, cannot burn make lightscribe image, frequently error and showing “please insert disc”. Does not see DVDs in drive any more to record, regardless of software in use. Thanks for marking this as the answer. TechSpot Account Sign up for freeit takes 30 seconds.


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Check with your System Maker and Device maker for both possible firmware updates and the correct Registry entries for your drive. Anyway thanks for the infos I have a dell xps Alun Cox Level 3 Expert Answers. I can not burn dvd’s.

I get the same problem once in a while. Well, but i mention it in the my computer. Once you know what you have, if it came with the computer, seek an update at the computer manufacturer’s website, as it may be a special program not related to the burning software purchased from the software manufacturergo to their website for upgrades.

I rang Dell and over the phone they got me to run a test and after about a Bl—y hour they decided it was faulty.