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Burnt DVD RW disks are being 'seen' as blank CDs!

I have a LITE-ON DVDRW SHM-165P6S and could write to both DVD and CD previously. I wrote to a DVD +R some time back and could read it, but now suddenly I cannot. A friend copied that DVD+R to a DVD+RW but i still cannot read it - both discs are 'seen' as blank CDs.
However a normal DVD (like a movie) is seen correctly and I can play it too.
What has happened and how can I fix it?
Thank you
Andera

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