Archive for July 2010

There is no disc in the drive. Please insert a writable CD into drive.

I ran into this message and had a tough time getting past it: “There is no disc in the drive. Please insert a writable CD into drive.”  This was on a Windows computer running XP.

The drive would read CDs that had information on them without a problem.  I just got the error message when I tried to burn something onto a blank CD.  I did all the troubleshooting steps of making sure the CDs were compatible with the drive, making sure I had the updated drivers installed, deleting the drive from device manager and letting it reinstall, cleaning the lens, etc.  I went to the drive Properties and made sure that under the Recording tab the box was checked that said “enable cd recording on this drive”.  I changed registry keys, and I verified that the computer was not running any third party cd burning software such as Roxio or Nero.  None of this would get the error message to go away.

I finally discovered that the IMAPI service was not automatically running, and though I would manually start it, it would not stay on.  After a little more digging it seems that there was a conflict between this and the XP SP3 update.  I unstalled service pack 3 and the error message went away.  I was able to burn CDs again.  I don’t know that this is a perfect fix, but it got me where I needed to be.