DVD Blank Media not Recognized


G

Guest

I have searched the forums fairly thoroughly and have not come across a
definitive solution for this problem. I have an external Plextor DVD RW
drive. When I insert a blank DVD+R and/or a DVD-R into the drive the blank
media isn't recognized. When I look in My Computer the drive is recognized
as a DVD RW drive when there is no blank DVD disc inserted. When looking in
My Computer the drive is recognized as a standard CD-Rom drive when there is
a blank DVD disc inserted. I have tried all of the suggestions that I've
come across in this newsgroup. Needless to say nothing has resolved my
problem. Does anyone have a definitive solution or at least a consistent
explanation of why this happens. I've noticed that there are quite a few
people with similar problems. Again, my drive is recognized as DVD RW when
no blank DVD disc is inserted, it does have a drive letter assigned to it, it
does read CD and DVD discs that have data on them, and it does read and write
to blank CDs.
 
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F

FilthyFive

I have been having the same problem with my Freecom dvd rw
drive. It worked perfectly when I first bought it, but
since reinstalling windows XP its description in My
Computer changes from DVD RW to CD Rom when a blank DVD is
insterted.
But, it can still read DVDs with files on them, it's only
blank ones that cause the problem.
Hopefully some kind soul here will have a helpfull
suggestion, nothing I have tried so far has helped.
 
D

dev

/FilthyFive/ said:
I have been having the same problem with my Freecom dvd rw
drive. It worked perfectly when I first bought it, but
since reinstalling windows XP its description in My
Computer changes from DVD RW to CD Rom when a blank DVD is
insterted.
But, it can still read DVDs with files on them, it's only
blank ones that cause the problem.
Hopefully some kind soul here will have a helpful
suggestion...

You did enable the record function?
Right-click on the drive letter, choose PROPERTIES|RECORDING tab
 
G

Guest

-----Original Message-----
/FilthyFive/ said:


You did enable the record function?
Right-click on the drive letter, choose PROPERTIES|RECORDING tab

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Thanks for the reply.
Yes, I have done that, but it still thinks that it is a
CD-RW when a blank DVD is inserted, the description changes
from DVD-RW to CD-RW once this is done. It will not write
to DVD anymore.
 
G

Guest

Now try it with it disabled.

Some (most) mastering programs require that the built in XP burner be disabled. And/or that "auto notification" be enabled.
 
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B

Bill

Are you using Sonic DVD software? I had a similar experience and found out
about something called DLA turned on your drive. Look for it in your drive
properties and see if you have DLA and turn it off..it may be the problem.
Just a hunch.
 
F

Filthy Five

-----Original Message-----
Now try it with it disabled.

Some (most) mastering programs require that the built in
XP burner be disabled. And/or that "auto notification" be
enabled.
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Just my 2¢ worth,
Jeff
__________in response to__________
| Yes I to have made sure that the record function is enabled.

.
I have tried with both enabled and disabled and still no
difference. Nero Info tool shows the drive correctly, and
also correctly shows that a blank dvd rw is inserted in the
drive. But 'my computer' still shows the drive as a cd
drive once a blank dvd is inserted. ASPI are installed
correctly, all software that came with the drive is
installed correctly (Roxio), I'm having no other problems
with nero and it can play dvds without any problem.

But it will not recognize a blank dvd in my computer, and
will no longer write to dvd.
 
F

Filthy Five

I must be missing something really simple. The DVD RW
will write succesfully to a blank DVD in nero, but when I
insert a blank DVD the name of the drive changes to a CD
R drive in 'my computer', and I can no longer access the
drive in 'my computer'. This means I can't erase/format
dvd rw in 'my computer', nor can I drag and drop files
onto a blank dvd in 'my computer'.

I don't understand why 'my computer' thinks the drive is
only CD R when it can play DVDs normally, and write them
using nero.
 
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You have Roxio AND Nero installed? Packet writing for both also?

Try removing one of the 2 and see what happens, there might be conflicts.

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Just my 2¢ worth,
Jeff
__________in response to__________
Filthy Five said:
I have tried with both enabled and disabled and still no
difference. Nero Info tool shows the drive correctly, and
also correctly shows that a blank dvd rw is inserted in the
drive. But 'my computer' still shows the drive as a cd
drive once a blank dvd is inserted. ASPI are installed
correctly, all software that came with the drive is
installed correctly (Roxio), I'm having no other problems
with nero and it can play dvds without any problem.

But it will not recognize a blank dvd in my computer, and
will no longer write to dvd.
 
G

Guest

I am having the same problem with the exception I upgraded my Lite On 851 to
a new Lite On 832 DL. The 851 worked fine no problems then I installed the
832 and when I insert a blank dvd it shows up as a cd-rom as soon as I eject
the disk it goes back to a DVD-RW. I installed the original 851 back and
still have the same problem. All my other programs seem to work fine with
both drives, just not windows.
 
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G

Guest

So it doesn't seem like there is a definitive solution. The only thing that
I've come away with is if you use a third party burning software like Nero,
the information can be written to a blank DVD. However, it will still appear
as a cd when looked at in My Computer. I'm going to test some things out and
then get back to this. Thanks for all the thoughts and input. To all of
those having the same problem...stay with me on this one.
 
J

John Smith

You need to update your firmware in your DVD burner... the update will
recognize newer DVD media...
Dan
 
L

Len

To the best of my knowledge XP does not support writing to DVD through its
built in burning capabilities. Rather this has to be done with third party
SW. Xp does support burning to CDRW even in a DVD drive (I know I do it)
but not to a DVD/DVDRW.

FWIW, Len
 
L

Len

Just one more option... most 3rd party SW (such as Direct CD) requires that
the disk be formated with its proprietary system. When this is completed
any time that CD (or DVD) is placed in the burner the SW will allow Drag &
Drop burning to CD. This is not part of XP but rather part of Roxio, Nero,
etc UDF burning capabilities.

Normally these disks are only readable on a machine which has the 3rd party
SW installed until the disk is closed for reading in any CD (DVD) player.
Quite frankly I do not use DVD blank media for Drag & Drop as most CDRW's
are adequate for my purposes.

Just our of curiosity I have enabled the "Drag to Disk" start-up user
service from msconfig and will try running it on my system to see if it
works. Did notice that if the service is not running then there is no
option to use the Roxio Drag to Disk option. Will let you know as a restart
is the only way to start it.

Len
 
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L

Len

Well here is the follow up! After a restart I was able to Drag & Drop files
to a DVD-RW under XP SP2 after the restart with Drag to Disk from Roxio
running. I could also select files and use right-click send to option as
well.

However, was not able to use Roxio's own applet for this purpose nor was I
able to format a DVD-RW using their SW! BTW, the icon in "My Computer"
changed from DVD-RW to DVD-ROM during this process but writting took place
without issue. This is using Roxio version 6 (don't like the newer one -
matter of fact don't like the Roxio SW at all!). Most of my burning to DVD
is done with Nero.

So anyway, the bottom line is that it will work after a fashion so am not
sure why it will not work on your system It appears the Drive icon change
is not the determining issue.

Not much help here unfortunately but at least some information of use I
hope.

Good Luck,
Len
 

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