Laptop will not read blank dvd-r's

January 12, 2011 at 05:39:19
Specs: Windows7
I have a sony vaio it is the NW series and it will not allow me to burn any dvds. I can watch movies burnt from a different computer but I cant burn from this laptop and I could previously.

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#1
January 12, 2011 at 08:14:34
Are you using the same spindle of DVDs as you used successfully in the past?

Did you recently install or remove any burning programs or scanner software?

What happens when you attempt to burn?


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#2
January 12, 2011 at 10:15:35
some players only record -R DVDs and some only record +R blanks, you may have a player with this problem. I would suggest you buy both -R & +R blanks and see which one works for you.

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#3
January 12, 2011 at 16:01:44
Yes from the same bundle, I had removed some components of nero that I wasnt using. I have been using cdburner xp with no problems and then all of a sudden it wouldnt read the blanks.

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#4
January 12, 2011 at 16:45:18
If you have the Nero install disk, you could try reinstalling it again and see if that fixes it (you may have removed an important part).

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#5
January 12, 2011 at 16:56:07
It isnt the nero. Im just dumfounded on this ill try some new blanks any brand recommendations

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#6
January 12, 2011 at 19:08:50
You probably removed the ASPI layer drivers that are required to burn optical disks. I Googled for a source for the Windows 7 version and can't find a trusted source.

I suggest you perform a system restore to a time when the burner was working.


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#7
January 13, 2011 at 08:40:51
Thank you I will try that, just strange to me.

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#8
January 16, 2011 at 17:48:26
Do you think it could be the type of dvd-rs I use? I have some memorex blanks and I have burned several discs from this batch on another computer but I just dont know. The other issue is that I have played some discs from the past on my home dvd player before. But when I burned these new ones they only work on comp any suggestions?

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January 16, 2011 at 18:26:15

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#10
January 19, 2011 at 15:11:19
Consider that the problem could be that the drive has a hardware failure and will no longer burn disks. The read portion and the write laser are different parts of the drive. The burn part can fail and the read still works. It is the same for suddenly not working with DVD's or CD's and having the other function still working.

laptops are harder to verify then desktops but they can be replaced reasonably (the exceptions are slot drives that the laptop has to be torn down to access them).

Rich


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#11
January 19, 2011 at 15:23:49
The above information is incorrect.

Combination drives do have TWO lasers in them. One for CD and one for DVD. The wavelength of each is different.

The way the drive is able to both read and burn is by varying the intensity of the laser. A dirty lens can skew the calibration routine. That is why I mentioned using a lens cleaner.

Logically it takes more laser power to burn than to read. If the laser is wearing out or the lens is dirty, the laser can't supply sufficient power to burn.


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#12
January 20, 2011 at 10:04:59
I just noticed something that I thought was strange when I go to my computer it says on my drive bd-rom drive. Doesnt say anything about dvd or cd is this a problem too?

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#13
January 20, 2011 at 14:42:11
Is that a typo? bd-rom? You could try removing the listings for your optical drives in Device Manager and then reboot. Windows will automatically re-install them. Hopefully right.

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#14
January 21, 2011 at 13:34:47
I didnt see anything under device manager for optical drives but no typo that is what it says. Bd-Rom drive

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#15
January 21, 2011 at 13:53:26
Your CD or DVD drives are both OPTICAL (laser light). Mechanical hard drives are magnetic.

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#16
January 21, 2011 at 16:02:24
So basically just uninstall the dvd/cd drive? Thank you for your input.

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#17
January 21, 2011 at 16:16:25
I believe the bd-rom stands for blu ray disc. I attempted to uninstall and re install and still the same problem. I believe that maybe the laser or what ever is out on my comp.

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