Dual Layer DVD Writing?


C

CWLee

(Running Vista Ultimate 64-bit, SP-2, IE-8, WM-6, WLM-09,
classic mode, dial-up.)

Is there an easy way to decipher the device descriptors to
tell if a DVD reader/writer works with dual-layer DVDs? My
(HP) system is about 3 years old, and I can find nothing in
any of the (skimpy) paperwork that came with it to disclose
such information. The front of the drive says "Compact Disc
ReWritable", "Ultra Speed", "+", "LightScribe", "DVD Multi
Recorder", "R DL", "RW", and "DVD+R DL"

I'm hoping that in the codes "R DL" and "DVD+R DL" the DL
means dual layer, but I'd like to confirm that before I
purchase some of the more expensive dual-layer DVD disks.

Thanks.

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Michael

CWLee said:
(Running Vista Ultimate 64-bit, SP-2, IE-8, WM-6, WLM-09, classic mode,
dial-up.)

Is there an easy way to decipher the device descriptors to tell if a DVD
reader/writer works with dual-layer DVDs? My (HP) system is about 3 years
old, and I can find nothing in any of the (skimpy) paperwork that came
with it to disclose such information. The front of the drive says
"Compact Disc ReWritable", "Ultra Speed", "+", "LightScribe", "DVD Multi
Recorder", "R DL", "RW", and "DVD+R DL"

I'm hoping that in the codes "R DL" and "DVD+R DL" the DL means dual
layer, but I'd like to confirm that before I purchase some of the more
expensive dual-layer DVD disks.

Thanks.

"DVD+R DL" means dual layer burning. You could go to HP's website and if
they operate anything like Dell you can enter a serial number that's
somewhere on the case and it'll bring up exactly what your system was
originally equipped with.
 
S

smlunatick

(Running Vista Ultimate 64-bit, SP-2, IE-8, WM-6, WLM-09,
classic mode, dial-up.)

Is there an easy way to decipher the device descriptors to
tell if a DVD reader/writer works with dual-layer DVDs?  My
(HP) system is about 3 years old, and I can find nothing in
any of the (skimpy) paperwork that came with it to disclose
such information.  The front of the drive says "Compact Disc
ReWritable", "Ultra Speed", "+", "LightScribe", "DVD Multi
Recorder", "R DL", "RW", and "DVD+R DL"

I'm hoping that in the codes "R DL" and "DVD+R DL" the DL
means dual layer, but I'd like to confirm that before I
purchase some of the more expensive dual-layer DVD disks.

Thanks.

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CWLee
Former slayer of dragons; practice now limited to sacred
cows.  Believing we should hire for quality, not quotas, and
promote for performance, not preferences.

Locate, download and run Nero's Infotool. It should list out the
compatible media formats that your drive(s) can handle.
 
C

CWLee

smlunatick said:
Locate, download and run Nero's Infotool. It should list
out the
compatible media formats that your drive(s) can handle.

Thanks. Located the website, and it appears only to be
available for OSs up through XP, but not Vista or W-7.
Perhaps the website has not been updated? Thanks again.
 
G

GSalisbury

CWLee said:
Thanks. Located the website, and it appears only to be available for OSs
up through XP, but not Vista or W-7. Perhaps the website has not been
updated? Thanks again.

I d/l'd it for s&g and it ran on my Vista64 Home Premium box.
 
C

CWLee

Michael said:
You could go to HP's website and if they operate anything
like Dell you can enter a serial number that's somewhere
on the case and it'll bring up exactly what your system
was originally equipped with.

Thanks. I looked. HP has something called a "device
detector" (I think I'm remembering the term correctly.) I
used it, but instead of telling me what my specific computer
has, it told me what the options I had when I originally
purchased it. For example, I originally had my choice of 4
different CD/DVD reader/writers, but it didn't tell me which
one I actually ordered and is currently installed.

I bought 5 re-writeable disks, and my system seems to handle
them properly. I also bought 5 double layer disks, but I
have not yet tried them.

Thanks again.
 
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Michael

CWLee said:
Thanks. I looked. HP has something called a "device detector" (I think
I'm remembering the term correctly.) I used it, but instead of telling me
what my specific computer has, it told me what the options I had when I
originally purchased it. For example, I originally had my choice of 4
different CD/DVD reader/writers, but it didn't tell me which one I
actually ordered and is currently installed.

I bought 5 re-writeable disks, and my system seems to handle them
properly. I also bought 5 double layer disks, but I have not yet tried
them.

Thanks again.

No problem. As long as the burner has DL inscribed it can burn Dual Layer
disks. Have fun.
 

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