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Where to get current model CD drivers for Windows 2000

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For Windows 2000 Pro SP4 how do I find and install a driver for a current model CD-RW? I mean they don't come with drivers because if your CD is not working how could you use  CD media to install the driver, right? The plan is that Win 2K will have all the drivers needed, right?
Except Win 2K is 5 years old now and I suspect that if I get a new name brand (ex. Lite-on) CD-RW that the driver will be in Win XP but not in a 5 year old OS.

I may have seen somewhere (and I don't remember where) that their were updates to WIn 2K for current model drivers. Note: I did NOT say downloadable drivers, I said an update (beyond SP4) to Win 2k with specifically drivers for current generation of CD-RWs.

In any case tell me how to solve this problem. If you go to the manfacturers web site there are usually no dowloadable CD-RW drivers as the plan is the OS has them.

Mike
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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There are no drivers because the OS can access the CD-RW drive fine.  2000 never had built in burning capabilities.  You had to use 3rd party software for that.  My preference is Nero, but there are MANY others to choose from.

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no, no, no. You are missing the point. I am talking about the basic driver that makes the CD-RW accessible in any way. And I am fairly sure there is something to what I am saying. That the drivers for current model CD-RWs are not in a 5-year old OS and there is really an issue here.

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Look, is this the answer: Look on the side of the CD-RW box. If it says supported by Win 2000, then the driver is in Win 2000. If it only says Win XP, then it will not work with Win 2000. Is that the answer?

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You're missing MY point - the driver is BUILT in to windows.  IDE is a standard.  If the controller is recognized by windows, then the drives attached to it WILL be recognized.  NO ADDITIONAL DRIVER NEEDED.  Look all you want, unless you are using some non-standard CD-ROM drive, Windows 2000 will access it just fine with ZERO problem.

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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I've been doing this for nearly a dozen years professionally and I can honestly say I've NEVER seen a system need a special driver for ANY CD or DVD rom drive to operate as a read-only device UNLESS it's external and even then it's the enclosure taht is really using the driver.  I've worked with SCSI CD-ROMs, IDE, USB, and proprietary CD-ROMs that attach to sound cards - back in the day when 2X speed was cutting edge.

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leew is correct.
Particularly as you specified "current model CD-RW".
The only drives that might need drivers would be very old drives that did not comply with the ATAPI standard.
They quit building those YEARS ago so a "current model" will never need a driver for Windows 9x or up.
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