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MS Powerpoint (2003 and 2007) can't see CD burner

When trying to send a powerpoint presentation to CD - powerpoint complains "The files cannot be copied because no recording device was found. Make sure that a CD recorder is installed on your computer." I have tried to accomplish this on 4 PCs, all with CD burners and/or DVD reader/burners AND with both MS Powerpoint 2003 and 2007. All PCs are running XP Pro SP2. Anyone have any thoughts?
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have you tryed making a new PowerPoint file with just a simple text as "Test" inside...save it...and then try to burn that one?

This way you get an idea if it's your file or another problem...if you understand? :)

Try this and post the result here. Thanks! :)

You really really don't want to send or save a PPT file directly to CD or DVD. You're just asking for corrupt files.

I suspect PPT's looking for a "direct CD" drive or something -- where you've set it up to use the CD as a harddrive -- that is, where you can save directly to it. Again, not something I recommend.

You'll be better off saving the file to your harddrive and then copying it to the DVD/CD manually using your CD burining software or Windows itself.

If you're trying to create an autorun CD, choose File | Package for CD, then choose the "copy to folder" option. Burn the contents of that folder (not the folder itself) to the CD/DVD using your CD burning software (or the CD burning feature in Windows).
SEHCAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the suggestions everyone - since posting I've been searching the net and another topic tweaked me into trying the same procedure on yet another PC with a pure CD burner ONLY (no DVD reader or burner etc. etc.)  amd that seems to solve the problem. My only guess is that if there is a combo CD drive i.e. cd burner and DVD reader Powerpoint does not recognize the burner portion of the drive. However, when there is a pure CD only burner onboard it works quite well - even copies the files and linked audio into a temp folder and burns it onto an autostart CD.
Also likely is it's got 2 CD/DVD drives -- that sometimes seems to confuse PPT. However, I still stand by my recommendation to copy to folder and then burn the CD. There really do seem to be fewer issues that way.

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