DVD-R cd(s) are blank but won't read to burn

November 18, 2009 at 22:47:03
Specs: Windows XP
All of my DVD-R cds are blank, I know b/c I tried them all. I use Nero, its on the final burn settings page and when I put a cd in the bottom right burn button turns grey(making it unusable) and I hear it reading the cd or whatever its doing but nothing happens. I have burnt cds and dvds before but now it does this. What do/can I do?

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November 19, 2009 at 00:07:49
Try another burning program & see if it works, I have 20 burning programs installed, so installing another is not a problem.

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November 19, 2009 at 07:04:28

Installing multiple burning programs CAN cause problems with drive recognition. Why would you possibly need 20 burning programs?


Be sure that Nero is properly identifying your burner drive. If the model is not listed in Nero then you may need to go to the Nero site for an updated list of drives.

Some versions of Nero that came bundled with a drive may not work with a different drive.

Lastly, verify you are setting up your burn correctly by reading the Nero help files.

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November 19, 2009 at 09:06:48
I had a similar situation recently, so maybe this will help.

I burn a lot of CDs (generally with Nero), and I recently finished up a stack of blank Memorex discs. I bought another stack of 50 Memorex blanks, but every time I tried to burn one, I got an error message saying that the burn process could not be completed.

Thinking my burn software had a problem, I tried burning with WMP, and also with Alcohol, with the same result. Finally, I tried burning to a Litescribe disc that I had, and the burn worked!

I again tried the Memorex discs, and again they failed . So I went to the store and bought a new stack of Philips blanks. I've used about 10 of them so far with no problem.

My conclusion is that sometimes bad batches of CD blanks get into circulation. You might want to try another brand of CDs (or DVDs).

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November 19, 2009 at 15:33:45
mmm - Had similar experience recently with a few Sony and also Memorex (a mix of dvd-R and RW too...)

Oddly they were OK in an external Liteon burner... but not so with the built-in dreaded non-"hackable" Mats---a unit in my Acer laptop...

Also seem to recall I was using an earlier version of Nero at the time; and have subsequently upgraded that (free) to latest version (which also supports DL disks (which I think the earlier version didn't?).

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November 19, 2009 at 15:52:27
Wowee, experiences sure vary.

I can burn Memorex or Philips but if they are audio recordings only the Memorex will play in my fairly old domestic CD players.

Sometimes I think its a case of finding the brand that your machine and/or domestics happen to like.

some other bloke...

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November 19, 2009 at 16:37:51
And I have NEVER had a CDR or DVDR of any brand make a coaster on any of 4 different burners. I buy the cheapest I can find on sale. Go figure?

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November 19, 2009 at 16:51:24
OtheHill, I have all those programs installed because I like to know the ins & outs of them, then I can answer questions that crop up. Have been adding to the collection over a 10 year period, hav'nt had any drive recognition problems.

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November 19, 2009 at 18:14:25
None of these really seemed to work maybe I should have said more.I put in a blank DVD-R and it won't read the blank DVD-R, I know its blank and I have tried all the rest of the blank DVDs but nothing happens. I have burnt things on those discs before so I dunno why its doing this. I use Nero 8. Sonic (originally on my system when i got it) does the same thing Nero is doing. However I can burn audio cds and data cds but it won't read any of the blank DVDs.

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November 19, 2009 at 18:26:03
Go into Device Manager, are there any glitches in there, Red or Yellow marks?

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November 20, 2009 at 22:02:10
Works on CDs but not DVDs.

Simple answer. The DVD laser is worn out.

These devices have two lasers. One for CD and the other for DVD. Consumer quality burners are supposed to be good for about 1000 disks. Maybe you've reached the limit.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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November 21, 2009 at 00:08:15
I found out the problem, I needed a firmware update. Thank you to everyone who tried to help me out. I guess if it happens again my problem points are narrowed down.

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November 21, 2009 at 04:57:51
mmm... Useful snippet - thanks for the update/fix...!!!

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November 21, 2009 at 05:52:01
Then you were trying to use DVDR DL disks?

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