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DVD-RW not recognising blank disk

Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-111D This drive can read & write CDs and it will play DVDs, but will not recognize a blank DVD in the drive. I have updated, uninstalled, reinstalled, and rolled over the driver. I have used a DVD Identifier which recognizes there is a blank disk in the drive. It will prompt me to use a program on plug-n-play. I have tried both DVD-/+R. XP and my Roxio CD DVD creator do not recognize that there is a blank disk in the drive. What can I do next???

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Re: DVD-RW not recognising blank disk

I have just had the same proble. Removed any DVD & Voila!!

Posted on Sep 01, 2007

Re: DVD-RW not recognising blank disk

I'm having the same problem... i can say that SONY just sucks. Everything I have ever had has had stupid fukkin shit happen to it. Walkmans that just stopped playing, clumsy and difficult to use MD players, a standalone dvd-vcr recorder that wouldn't go to it's 'menu' page (therefore making it useless)... the solution: go buy yerself a new burner and make sure it's not a SONY... that's what i'm going to do.

Posted on May 04, 2007

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Had exactly the same problem. Firstly check that your firmware is up to date, it should be Version 1.06, see if that works. If it doesnt i suspect that your DMA is switched off, in which case you need to go into device manager and change from pio into dma if availble, that will almost certainly be the problem, if you don't get any joy try to burn a disc and when it fails save the failure log and post it to and ask them to look into it but i suspect that you DMA is switched to off. David.

Posted on Jan 21, 2007

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It has been found that installation of ANYDVD creates conflict (not known how) and does not allow DVD-R/RW or DV+R/RW disks to not even be recognized by the DVD writer. Uninstalling ANYDVD solves the problem. This I had posted in CDFreaks Forum and also in rpc1 forum almost 2 years ago.

Posted on Jan 17, 2007

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Re: DVD-RW not recognising blank disk

If the drive reads commercial CDs and DVDs and your software is configured correctly then I would suspect media or the drive itself. 1) Buy a good optical drive cleaning kit, clean and retest. 2) Buy some of the DVD media the manufacturer recommend and run tests with that since they will suspect the media as well. Also make sure you purchase media that is certified for the recording speed of your drive as well. Physically check both sides of the blank disk for gouges or scratches. When you run your test don?t assume every piece of media you have is good. I?ve had as many as three in a row fail to be recognized before I get a good one. Yep, this even happens with the top of the line brands on occasion. 3) Check your burning software and make sure you have the right drive set to be the target drive. If you have multiple optical drives on your PC don?t assume you know the correct drive letter, test it. Sometimes things change without you knowing?? 4) You can also try putting the drive in another PC (if you have that option) on the off chance something weird is going on with the cabling, power or controller. I also had a rash of users with this type of problem a few years ago. Most of the incidents were solved by using name brand media such as HP, Maxell or Fujifilm. They were buying the really cheap, no name brands from the campus store (paying premium prices to boot). Three other users actually had defective burners which took some time to isolate since the problems were sporadic. To be honest I actually had to fib to get the manufacturer to take them back but once the new drive was installed the problems never reappeared.

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Re: DVD-RW not recognising blank disk

I had this same problem and it drove me crazy. I'll pass along what worked for me
for future generations to make use of.

It turns out that some software which came bundled with my pc was conflicting
with 3rd party dvd burn programs. The software was *for* dvd burning, though
it had not created a folder in the start menu.

Do a windows search of look under program files for CYBERLINK folder,
I don't know if uninstalling it will help with other programs, but it worked fine for
burning dvd's so I didn't want to mess with anything.

Posted on Feb 06, 2009

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I lost my CD/DVD drives after installing Windows updates in Vista along with multiple other problems as well (warnings, color problems, freezing, installation failures)- all systems and both combo drives had been working perfectly with no new software other than Windows and HP pc updates. I tried multiple viable options you may consider -

I tried restoring the computer to a week it worked; I tried updating the device drivers in the device manager but it came back as 'drivers up to date' and working with no rollback options; I tried uninstalling the devices completely and reinstalling them in the device manager; I tried a full system repair in my pc tools; I went to the RAID Controller manufacturer's site to update that (see your dvd connections in the device manager 'view'); I searched for DVD hardware driver updates and patches; I tried recovering the original drivers through the recovery module; I even tried a complete pc recovery twice. The complete recovery worked until I got to the final few Windows updates and printer installations and then I was back at square one, which narrowed it down for me.

I've been struggling for over a week on the this issue in Vista with no luck regardless of effort for my DVD/CD combo drives, but have two ideas that may help someone -

1. I lost my card readers at the same time and was able to recover them by going to my device manager and uninstalling all my USB root hubs along with all the problem drivers at one time. After restart, a lot of my other problems disappeared as well, but not the DVD drives (they weren't USB connected). I've seen lots of USB issues in my search so gave it a try - this may work if you have a USB connection to your DVD drives.

2. While restoring and updating in little pieces, I found that the problems didn't come up with the Windows updates until after the Windows updates were installed and I began installing my printers and related photo and graphics programs. One of the ArcSoft programs had a patch specifically for disappearing DVD drives at You may want to see if you are running any of their listed programs that the patch is for or check your graphics/photo programs for patches. The listed ArcSoft programs included PhotoImpression 5/6, VideoImpression 2, ShowBiz DVD 2, Slide Show Maker, TotalMedia, Picture Saver, QuickDVD, G DATA VideoStudio 2006 Pro, ADS MediaTV, NTI DVD Player, and Ego Backup. That was just for their patch, but there may be more out there. I suspect there may have been a tweaking of a cross-platform Windows files affecting compatability.

Hope that helps someone out there!
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SOURCE: DVD RW DVR-K16 does not recognize blank DVD-R

I have a Pioneer DVDRW DVR-K16, in a sony dv81114Notebook. Running Windows XP. It cannot play dvd's and cd's, It will recognize blank CD-R's but when I insert a DVD-R it say's no disc installed. I have firmware version 1.15.

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