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[SOLVED] I Cannot Get My Dvd Writer To Write Dvd's!

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  1. JP1

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    I have recently purchased an NEC ND2500A DVD Writer, but I can only get it to record onto CD-RW's - (haven't tried a CD-R yet). According to the manual I don't need to install any drivers as XP has them already, and it should be able to deal with DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD-R and CD-RW. I have used Nero and Deepburner to try and burn my DVD but every time I try it says that the drive is a CD-R drive or that the media in the Writer is unwritable! Before I try and burn anything the drive is listed as DVD-RW, but changes as soon as a DVD is put in. I am currently trying to write to a DVD+RW. The file I am trying to burn is an MPEG, but I have also tried to create a DVD direct from Pinnacle Studio 8 (Digital camera movie maker package), but neither works.

    Any ideas?

    Cheers

    John
     
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    Make sure that in Nero you are selecting to do a DVD project and not a CD project. I would also recommend getting the latest updates to NERO: http://www.nero.com/us/nero-up.php

    Its also not uncommon for a particular DVD burner not to like a particular brand of DVD disc's - try another brand if possible.

    Also see if you have the latest firmware for your burner, this is from a German site:
    http://www.de.nec.de./softwareoverview2.php/id/1019/mode/D/gid/59|57|

    Approved/tested media: http://www.de.nec.de./software/1579_Media_List_for_8x_DVD_Writer_(1.07).pdf

    Or it could be just a bad drive.
     
  3. JP1

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    I have downloaded the upgrades you suggested and flashed the drive, but still no joy. When the disk is listed in My Computer it shows as DVD-RW, but I am trying to use DVD+RW at the moment to record to. Do you reckon its worth trying some DVD-RW even though the drive says it can do both?

    Cheers for your help.

    JP
     
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    It might just not like that specific brand you are using, it wouildn't hurt to try another brand and type.
     
  5. JP1

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    Yep I've sorted it. DVD-R and RW's work rather than '+'. The gumpf supplied says it offers all types - but omits to say that it only writes to '-'! Anyway sorted, so cheers for your help. :)
     
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