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Cant burn to DVD-RW disk

My Sony DRU-820A unit will burn to DVD+R easy with no problems.
When i try to burn to a DVD-RW nero asks for a disk to be inserted when i do, it cant find it i am using Sony DVD+RW disk.
Is this normal for this unit?


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There is a firmware upgrade available for your unit located at http://sony.storagesupport.com/search/node/DRU-820A

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