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Not reading dvd r or rw as writable disk

For some reason it seems not to be reading blank DVD discs, and I am unable to record. When I put in a blank Sony DVD+RW, my computer tells me it is not a readable disc. Also, when I put in a blank Maxwell DVD-R, it says there is nothing in the drive.

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It sounds like you are having issues with all DVD writable disks. From the specs I was able to find online about your DVD writer, DVD+RW discs may not be compatible with the the drive. Make sure you are using DVD-RW (note the minus instead of +). I think you might need to reinstall your DVD drivers. This should solve the issue.

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