DVD drive won't recognize blank DVD

December 19, 2005 at 11:50:25
Specs: Win XP Pro x64, AMD64 / 1GB DDR

So my dvd burner won't recognize or burn blank CDs/DVDs, but it can read them just fine. I made sure I have the "Enable CD writing" option checked. I've uninstalled all my virtual drives and the program Daemon Tools. I've uninstalled the DVD drive and the 2ndary IDE controller and restarted so it reinstalls the hardware. I've done a full Windows Install repair also. Nothing has worked.

I know for a fact that the hardware is fine because I've put it in another computer and did a test burn of both a CD and DVD.

I'm outa ideas on ways to fix it and am close to doing a full reinstall of Windows, which I don't want to do very bad.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
Sean

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ socket 939
Antec 430True PSU
1GB OCZ PC3200 DDR RAM
2x120GB 7200PRM HD's SATA/RAID 0
250GB 7200RPM SATA
PNY Nvidia 6800 128MB
Lite-On DVD+-RW DL


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#1
December 19, 2005 at 13:23:06

Hi Sean,

Have you tried another brand of media? I had a similar issue with a DVD burner someone gave me and then I tried another brand and it worked. I ended up buying another burner, but you might want to pick up a different brand like maybe Maxell, TDK, etc.

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#2
December 19, 2005 at 13:29:50

How are you trying to burn these discs. What program or just XP?


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#3
December 19, 2005 at 13:30:12

Yes, I've tried Memorex and some offbrand named Prodisc. I know this isn't a hardware issue though, because it will burn CDs and DVDs when on a different computer. So it has to be a software issue, like some program I modified or installed messed something up.

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ socket 939
Antec 430True PSU
1GB OCZ PC3200 DDR RAM
2x120GB 7200PRM HD's SATA/RAID 0
250GB 7200RPM SATA
PNY Nvidia 6800 128MB
Lite-On DVD+-RW DL


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#4
December 19, 2005 at 13:30:42

I've tried Using Nero, DVD Decryptor, and DVD Shrink

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ socket 939
Antec 430True PSU
1GB OCZ PC3200 DDR RAM
2x120GB 7200PRM HD's SATA/RAID 0
250GB 7200RPM SATA
PNY Nvidia 6800 128MB
Lite-On DVD+-RW DL


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#5
December 19, 2005 at 14:52:24

I've had that problem on multiple systems with different DVD drives and different media. The problem comes and goes for me. I've never found a solution and feel that it's a windows bug. Another symptom that shows up for me, is that blank DVDs show up as a single CDA (audio) track.

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#6
December 19, 2005 at 15:49:14

Hi,
I have the same problem with my three months old DVD-R/CD-WR drive. It reads every music cd, data cd and dvd's, but the blank ones.
I can burn to a cd, which has some data on it. So, what i do is take my blank cd to a friends house and burn a small file (1kb) or an empty folder, than i come back home put the cd in, cd is recognized and i can burn data again.

This problem of Blank Cd-r not being recognized is being mentioned all over the internet, but no fix found yet.

I also feel its a windows bug.


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#7
December 19, 2005 at 16:02:14

Well, I might just feel like reinstalling windows anyways. It could use a fresh install.

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ socket 939
Antec 430True PSU
1GB OCZ PC3200 DDR RAM
2x120GB 7200PRM HD's SATA/RAID 0
250GB 7200RPM SATA
PNY Nvidia 6800 128MB
Lite-On DVD+-RW DL


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#8
December 19, 2005 at 16:51:10

Try running the windows repair module (I think that's what it's called...) first, it might be a driver problem or a corrupt file.

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#9
December 19, 2005 at 20:18:26

It sounds like you know what you are doing but you are using the correct dvd for the unit.

dvd-r or dvd+r or both ? Or are you using dvd-rw?

Have you ever been able to do anything with the unit? Have you visited the website for the unit to see if they have a forum for problems.

One last program you might want to try is CBurnerXp Pro 3.


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#10
December 19, 2005 at 22:01:05

Again, I've done a windows repair, and that didn't help.

These are the same DVD's/CD's that worked just 2-3 weeks ago. I'm currently using DVD-R's, but I've used DVD+R's and DVD+RW, along with CD-Rs and CD-RWs.

The manufacturer's website is useless and didn't tell me anything I didn't already know.

I'll have some time over the holidays to reinstall Windows.

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ socket 939
Antec 430True PSU
1GB OCZ PC3200 DDR RAM
2x120GB 7200PRM HD's SATA/RAID 0
250GB 7200RPM SATA
PNY Nvidia 6800 128MB
Lite-On DVD+-RW DL


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#11
December 20, 2005 at 08:34:44

Have you tried a System Restore to a date before the problem occured. Amazing what that can do.

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#12
December 20, 2005 at 08:42:35

I checked and I don't have any before that.

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ socket 939
Antec 430True PSU
1GB OCZ PC3200 DDR RAM
2x120GB 7200PRM HD's SATA/RAID 0
250GB 7200RPM SATA
PNY Nvidia 6800 128MB
Lite-On DVD+-RW DL


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#13
December 24, 2005 at 06:03:04

I'm pretty sure it has something to do with some of the last updates from Microsoft. I have a new notebook and it used to burn just fine using Roxio 6. Now suddenly the DVD burner won't even recognize when I put in a new disc. I've purchased a new drive and it makes know difference. Just sits there clicking trying to accept the new disc. I've installed Nero 7 and it was no help. Even put in a new HD with W2K Pro and all the updates and same thing. I'm stumped.

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#14
January 1, 2006 at 12:56:51

I too have now encountered this problem which started on 26 December. Tried changing DVD brands and, yes, that worked except Memorex DVDs are such poor quality as to drag the subject matter instead of playing steadily. I can no longer use Sony blank DVDs.

Might this be the true cause of our computer's not seeing the blank DVDs anymore :
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/11/18/sony_copyright_infringement/


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#15
January 3, 2006 at 13:49:32

Call Sony's 1-800 on the side of their DVD cylinder of blanks only to be told they'd never heard of this problem.

I informed the gentleman that I'm not the only one with this problem and would not be purchasing Sony's DVDs any longer due to this problem. Told him I'd purchase Imation as they work fine.

The man pretended to care about this problem, but then once he started saying good-bye I asked him if he intended on informing anyone at Sony regarding this issue. He did not.

I felt it an odd response myself but maybe Sony can afford to lose customers . . . I don't know.


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#16
January 26, 2006 at 12:01:48

Sean,
I have the same problem with a LG DVD ROM. I guess it has nothing to do with the driver brand but with the Windows XP. In my case, the DVD ROM initiates the burning session, but it doesn't move on. I have ruined more than 30 discs, as the burner actually starts burning the discs.

It had worked before, but it stopped after I clean some registries and useless files in my computer. In the same machine, I have a Windows 2000 version where I burn my dvds normally. I bet it's a bug too. Pls let me know what do to if you figure it out.


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