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Burner Has Stopped Recognizing Dvd - R (Rw)

Discussion in 'DVD/CDROM Drives' started by BeeCeeBee, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. BeeCeeBee

    BeeCeeBee ADMINISTRATOR IN MEMORY

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    Before I begin please do not suggest that I update my drivers or run the Microsoft Fix. (Been there done that)

    I was about to replace my burner (laptop) or rather just buy an external. My problem is that it simply stopped recognizing blank DVDs. I have always used -R. I just happened upon a blank +RW on the shelf. I put it in and it spun up immediately. So I went and purchased a few cheap +R disks and they too spun up correctly. So it seems that I have no issue with +R but -R is now a no go.

    Since I know it is not a driver issue and I doubt it is firmware, is there a hardware answer for this. I know that the opticals for a DVD and CD are not the same but this one stumps me. (or am I wrong about firmware?)
     
  2. Alan

    Alan Inactive

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    Have you accidently checked 'Ignore Media Type' on your burning software?
     
  3. BeeCeeBee

    BeeCeeBee ADMINISTRATOR IN MEMORY

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    I don't get that far Alan, it is not just an issue of the burning software it will not even show a DVD+R as being in the drive whether it has been written on or blank. I just finished burning a +R and it was just fine.
     
  4. DirtyPolo

    DirtyPolo Inactive Staff Member

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    If you are sure that it is not a software issue Barry, in terms of drivers, then the only thing remaining is a fault in the laser inside the drive to which the cheapest and easiest option is a physical replacement, or external substitute after possibly trying a lens cleaning kit... sorry for bringing an old thread back but it was unanswered [​IMG]
     
  5. Dalo Harkin

    Dalo Harkin Registered Members

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    +R disks are more compatible and have been around longer than the -R variants.
    From what you have said it does sound like a firmware problem, but also remember that there are so many variants of formats for DVD and CD
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD
     

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