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CD burner reads and acts like it's writing but nothing is written

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The machine is a Dell Inspiron 1501. Reading works well.

When I run CDBurnerXP it acts as if it's writing but nothing is written.

I tried different cd's, I downloaded and installed the latest firmware and I ran a CD cleaner on it but they didn't work.

I'm up to replacing the burner. Is there any other option?

TSS brand CD/DVD
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Short of installing the CD-RW drive into another PC, you've done just about all the troubleshooting you could do.
The up side is that DVD-RW drives are very cheap.
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It definitely is a CD-RW drive? (maybe a DVD-ROM drive).....
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If it were a cd rom drive, CDBurnerXP would detect that and wouldn't use it.

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The description in the device manager also says TSS CD RW DVD.
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There you go... as you'd put "TSS brand CD/DVD " in your question I had to check.... sorry, didn't mean to insult :)
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No insult. I should have been more clear.
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So, do you have the option of trying the drive in another PC?
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I don't have that option.

It's unlikely that something burned out on the motherboard.

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If the CD/DVD drive works (to some extent) then the motherboard is working fine.
If your operating system didn't see the drive at all then (maybe) the motherboard might have something to do with it.
Generally the motherboard is either fine or broken (You don't see much of the inbetween, and if you do you'd have other problems as well).
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it can be :
bad media (unlikely); bad drive test with another, or test this one on another PC;
 bad cable - try with another cable bad port/connector -switch port/connector
bad ide controller on board - switch disk and cd connector to test
and in some cases - bad ram
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I tried 2 sets of media.

It's a laptop and I can't easily get to the cables or controllers.

I'll try a new drive
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cd drives often die, so that is what i would do also !
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I'm waiting for the user to buy a dvd burner
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This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
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