I have an original Bose 3-2-1 system. The system will not recognize any recordable DVD disks, only commercial ones. Is this a flaw with the original systems? Is there a workaround or any upgrade to fix this?
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Re: Bose 3 2 1 Playing DVD-Recordable disks
Sorry, but many of the older ones are not made to play the recordable disc's. There is no workaround for it or any upgrade. When DVD players first came out, it was rare to get one that played recordables because the recordable disc's were not being sold, or they were still new to the market and not yet popular enough for the manufacturers to consider them an essential feature. In fact, there are still some DVD players being manufactured today that will not play them, about 5% to 10% of new ones today.
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Sometimes dvd players will have problems playing certain types of recordable discs. You might need to switch from the Sony brand and try a different one. Also there are DVD+R and DVD-R types. The Bose might have issues trying to play a "+" type disc. Also make sure that the disc is being properly "finalized" by the burning software you are using so the Bose system will recognize the disc. The burning software I use is called Nero Burning Rom and it is very easy to use. It allows you to control the burning for various applications and can help with "problem discs". If you are able to play other burnable discs in the Bose and the Sony discs are the only one giving you the problems then it is probably just that brand and you will not be able to use them with your Bose. And just a note some older DVD burners can only burn "+" type discs or "-" type discs but not both. Your computer according to the specifications from HP should not have a problem burning both types as long as the drive is the original.
Have you tried a different brand of recordable disk? Some do not record as well as others. Also......copied Dvds don't last as long as a factory recorded disk. If the disks are older disks....that may be it. Other factors are ....your laser may be weak or dusty in the DVD player. Do your disks have paper labels? BINGO! The paper has a different expansion rate than the plastic disk and will almost always bend the disk in the heat of the player......interrupting the playing of the disk....... usually about half way through it.......pop the disk into the freezer for a few minutes....then return it to your player to finish your viewing. Never use paper labels. Never leave your DVD player on unless you are using it.
Various issues can cause drives to occasionally balk at writing optical discs. These run the gamut of physical, hardware, and software troubles.
Inappropriate or dirty media may be to blame. Make sure to match the type of recordable disc to the drive, and check each disc for fingerprints or other contaminants. If a disc is dirty, wipe it with a clean, soft cloth in a straight line from the center hole outward. Try a quality optical drive cleaning disc if you suspect dust contamination on the drive’s laser lens.
Some discs don’t perform well with certain drives, even within their rated speeds. Try recording at a slower speed and then with a different brand of disc. Also, on PCs, verify that the temporary file storage area on the hard drive used by the burning software has enough free, defragmented space. Allocate at least 5GB for a DVD (9GB for a double-layer [DL] disc) and about 1GB for CD burning.