DVD+/-RW doesn't burn.

September 14, 2009 at 14:22:40
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP3, Intel Q8400 2.66GHz/3.25GB
I just finished a custom built computer. The drive in question is a Samsung SH-222A.

It reads CDs and DVDs fast. However, it doesn't see blank DVDs as something to write to. It switches from DVD-RAM to CD Drive in Explorer.

HOWEVER, upon inserting a CD-R, it works fine, ready to burn.

I have Ulead DVD MovieFactory 5 up, and when I put in a disc, it changes from empty to DVD+R DL.
Specs say it can burn 'em.

Firmware is SB00

Would the media type matter? I have a slightly older sony drive that burns to the same DVDs fine. The CD-Rs were Maxell, maybe I need to get something other than the cheap brand for DVD?

EDIT: I want to believe its the DVD. Its a cheap brand, and its DVD+R. My old drive says its just plain +R, while my new one says +R DL...

Just a bit too reto

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September 14, 2009 at 14:51:32
DVD +R is one flavor. DVD-R is another. The DL stands for Dual Layer. If your burner is older you probably can't burn DL disks. DL means the disk can hold 4.7 x 2 or 9.8GB. Actual is less than that though.

Re-read your post and now understand your burner can handle DL media.

You may need to update the firmware on the burner if some media isn't seen.

You are using a third party program to burn? WinXP can't burn DVD media natively.

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September 14, 2009 at 14:55:17
Assuming it's a new drive, or in any case...

All optical drives are somewhat sensitive, some are very sensitive (e.g. Pioneer), regarding which media - brands and types of disks - you can use with them successfully.
If you got the drive in a box or just in an anti-static bag, it probably came with a sheet or a paper manual that tells you which media definately works with it properly - if media you try ain't listed, it may or may not work properly with the drive. If you have no such sheet or manual, the Samsung site probably has that known-to-work-in-the-model media info.
Also, sometimes you can find reviews of your particular model on the web in which they have tested several types of media in them.

Some burner drives can't read or can't burn DVD-RAM disks, but apparently this Samsung drive can.

If it isn't a new drive....

- the laser lens may be "dirty" - try using a laser lens cleaning CD in the drive. If you don't have one most places that sell CDs have that, or even some "dollar" stores have them for a buck or two.

Your Samsung drive model can't reach it's full rated max burst data transfer speed unless it's connected to an 80 wire data cable. All 80 wire data cables are rated for ATA or UDMA 66, 100, or 133, and usually have two or three colors of data cable connectors; the one for the mboard end is usually blue, or in any case it's farther from the middle connector on a three connector data cable. If it's connected to a 40 wire data cable it may not work properly otherwise as well, and burning software and Windows may not recognize it correctly.


"I just finished a custom built computer."

Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.

- if the mboard supports USB 2.0 , the operating system hasn't installed support for it unless the mboard main chipset drivers have been loaded.
- your hard drives and possibly your optical drives may not be able to achieve their full rated max burst data speed until after the main chipset drivers have been loaded.

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September 14, 2009 at 16:35:23
Everything is running perfectly EXCEPT for DVD burning, the only thing I haven't tested (due to my cheap DVDs not showing up).

I know Windows doesn't include native DVD burning (Thank God for Win7), but my 'third party app' is Ulead DVD MovieFactory 5. It detects the disc as DVD+R DL, but says it has no free space on the disc. My old drive (its actually a Pioneer, not a Sony) takes them fine, but says they aren't dual layer. It shows 4.7GB free.

I do have an update. I found a stack of Fujifilm 8x DVD-Rs. It shows up as blank media in Explorer, and as plain DVD-R with 4.7GB free. now I can narrow it down to either:
-Bad Quality Discs
-Doesn't Like DVD+R
-Doesn't Like Dual Layer

Specs say it can do Dual Layer *AND* DVD+R, so that means it must be the discs

The software says it can do Dual Layers...well, I don't think it can. I got new DVD+Rs, and Windows detected it as blank media. The program, however, still says its DVD+R DL (even though the DL discs are completely different package), and reports a freespace of 0 bytes.

Soon, I'm switching to Handbrake for ripping and Sony Vegas Pro 8 for editing/burning, so I should be fine after that. My old computer still does the work, so I'll just use it till I get converted over on my new computer.

Just a bit too reto

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September 14, 2009 at 17:51:28
You need to install the chipset drivers as tubesandwires stated. You also may benefit from an update patch for your burning software. Link below.


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