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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Did it work in the past? Are you sure your system can write DvD's? Click Start/My Computer and look at the description of the DvD Drive. Does it say DvD-RW or DvDrw which means it can write a DvD? Look on the side of the laptop at the dvd drive, does it say DvDrw or DvD-RW or DvD Rewritable? If so that means it is capable of writing Dvd's.
If it says just DvD or DvD Rom that means it can only read dvd's.
Make sure the dvd you put in the drive is blank. I've been on many service calls where they said the dvd was not writing and found out that the media was not blank.
Try another DVD-RW drive because it sounds like the laser is going bad. Burning requires alot of power from the laser. Playing DVD or playing cd's doesn't require much so thats why it would play those.
Where are you looking to recognize the disks? if it is in my computer in Windows it would most likely be because the Roxio software was what was recognizing the disks. generally Windows does not do a very good job of recognizing blank disks. I would look at the disk information in your current CD burning software and see what that says.