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most freeware cd/dvd burning software (cdxpburner,burnaware,etc) report either no support or do not recognize my laptop dvd writer. Just purchased a new laptop with this problem. It is a lenovo G530 laptop with vista home premium os with Optiarc dvd rw ad-7580s ata device. Ashampoo suite does recognize the burner but i prefer the more compact freeware burning software and am looking for a workaround. Brian PS comments on the cdxpburner forum and the burnaware support point to the mode AHCI as at the root of the problem but with no straight forward solution. My technical knowledge is limited and would appreciate help. Did not experience the same problem with XP Professional on a Fujitsi Siemens V2045 laptop

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Try ImgBurn. You didn't mention it in your post as not working. I've been using it for about a year and I've had no problems with it.

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ImgBurn is the best writer for Windows ever, and it's totally free. Amongst the "musthave" ones. :) – Shiki Jun 4 '10 at 13:58

There is a recent query for Vista at this techsupportforum.
It refers this Microsoft article.

There is also a CDFreaks interaction in the Support tag at the NEC 8X Slim DVD Multi Writer page.

If nothing else works, you could post your problem there.

Old: I take it you have already used this and the question just has a typo.
Here is one more tool for you to try out: CDBurnerXP.

It might help if you get the Brian PS comments links here.

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He mentions that it doesn't work in the first line – John T Aug 28 '09 at 7:21
I add another quote: "Ashampoo suite does recognize the burner but i prefer the more compact freeware burning software and am looking for a workaround." – nik Aug 28 '09 at 7:21
And, i thought, CDXPBurner is different from CDBurnerXP --- they do have a shortage of good application names (nothing like that seems to hit the Unix world, where people get quite imaginative with names) – nik Aug 28 '09 at 7:23

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