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Optorite DD0401 DVD +/- RW

Hello. i seem to be having troubles reading DVDs. It can burn/read CDs properly, however it cannot read/write DVDs at all. I tried upgrading/downgrading firmware but that did not work either. The system in which the DVD-RW is installed is: IBM Personal Computer (300PL) Pentium III 500MHz Windows XP professional Seagate 20GB HDD ATI Radeon 7000 Graphics Burning Software: Nero Burning Rom 6 & INCD (for packetwriting) Thanks

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Re: Optorite DD0401 DVD +/- RW

Right click My computer>Explore, and see if your dvd writer is showing as a DVD RW drive and not a CD Drive, then come back

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Ok i asked before if my drive will burn both dvd and cd. the answer was yes. but when i installed the drive and ran my dvd creator program. it said this drive is dvd read only.

Hi mikey7420 ,

The drive name itself is the clue to know whether it can burn dvds or not.

  • In your case it's a CD-RW (read and write or rewritable) and DVD-ROM (Read only memory and not read and write or rewritable as in the case of CD)
  • Perhaps the one who told you did not understand your question properly , and understood it , in the sense that it can read CDs as well as DVDs , as far as Dvd-ROM drives are concerned many shopkeepers who are especially new working in the shop just make a guess and answer our question which could lead to this misunderstanding or incorrect information being passed on.
  • So the next time you buy a DVD drive which should have a read and write functionality as well , then look up for a CD_RW,DVD-RW drive.
  • Also remember that DVD-RW drive can by default read and write CDs as well , but it's not true for CD drives..
  • So usually a DVD-RW drive can read and write Cds as well as DVDs but a CD-RW drive can either read or read and write a DVD depending on whether it's a DVD-ROM or DVD-RW.
Hope this helps.

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I can burn cd's but not dvd's

Hello Rfd832,
What I see from the description is that the drive is a combo drive. Combo drives are CD-RW and DVD-ROM drives means
CD-RW = Compact Disk-Read Write
DVD-ROM = Digital Versatile Disk - Read Only Memory
so these drives can read and write CDs but can only read DVDs (Cannot write or burn DVDs)
If you want to be able to burn DVDs then you need to have DVD RW drive (either DVD+RW or DVD-RW)

You said that you are able to burn DVDs on other computer so please check the label on the DVD drive.. it should be DVD-RW/DVD+RW drive

Hope that helps.. :)

Thanks and Regards,

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LG CD-RW CED-8120B will not read dvds

I have a LG CED 8120B in my computer right now. The reason you cannot read DVD's is because it is a CD player/burner, and not DVD.

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My dvd burner wont read or recognize a copyed disk is in drive

My Optorite DD0405 will not burn a DVD+R DL disk? is this because its not supported by the burner? I have Nero 9 and would like to burn 4.8 GB of a file from my desk top to a DVD DL with 8.5 GB space. How can I do this
Thank You

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Optorite dvd rw dd1603 can't write cd

What are you trying to 'burn CD or DVD?
What software are you using?

XP/Vista will only burn CD's
Third party software required for DVD's

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have you tried cleaning it? have you tried upgrading its firmware? have you tried making it a master drive?

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Optorite burner u cant get it let me know

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have you tried cleaning the lens? i also had this experience with my dvd rom and what i did, was cleaned the lens.

tell us what happen after you clean it ok.

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====================== If you are having trouble with Newly bought items save your self from headaches by returning them and demand a replacement or a refund! You may have purchased a reconditioned\repaired\factory defect product.

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Problems Burning DVD's

Ya didn't say what Operating System?... Ensure ya have all the correct "Settings" in the Burn software. Sometimes the actual type of DVD media can be an issue... some dvd's just don't "Like" some DVD's I have found... try the best brand ya can afford... if still no go.. try Alcohol 120% & CopyToDVD both use their "Own" "Drivers" and I have had great success.. where others have failed..

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