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Re: Inability to write a dvd using HP dvd1040E
You need to use a program like Sonic/Roxio Easy DVD Suite. Using Nero, you most probably simply burnt a movie "file" to the DVD, and this is not something 99% of the stand-alone DVD players out there understand. A DVD must be in a certain format and "mastered" such that your stand-alone player will read it properly.
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Check for scratches on the disk surface - these can inhibit the player from reading a disk correctly.
Some players will read olny certain type(s) of disks. This is an issue mostly for disks created on a computer, not those that are prerecorded and available for purchase or rental that contain movies and music.
As stated above, dIsks created on a home computer may not always be readable on a home player. Re-writeable and recordable types that are not listed as being compatible will not work. Check your manual to see which types are acceptable and not. DVD types are: DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW and DVD-RAM CD Types are CD-R, CD+R and CR-RW. Older home CD and DVD players generally work with "-R" types and the newer players with both "-R" & "+R" types. "-RW" and "-RAM" types are the least likely to be readable in home players.
Additionally, most players require that disks created on a home computer be "finalized". This is an extra step that isn't required by most CD / DVD drives in computers. Just because it works in your computer doesn't mean it will work in your home player. If you're using compatible media and still not able to read disks, check your CD / DVD recording software options to enable finalization.
I've found HP to be very helpful getting updated drivers, but perhaps not on this one. Have you tried a search with the model number (hp dvd1040e driver)? I found it at opendrivers. I hope this helps you.
I have this video camera. It seemed like a good deal at $200 at Christmas time. It is suppose to be able to record on DVD-R, +R disks. (re-writable and write disks) I have had issues with not being able to finalize the disk. I found you needed to keep at least 5 minutes on the disk to finalize it. It will not play in any DVD player or a Computer till it is finalized. The info stored on the disk is in RAW form. Finalizing it will create a "lead in" and "lead out" and a menu for your computer and/or DVD player to understand. A large part of whether it will play or not, is what is your DVD Player or DVD Drive on you computer capable of? DVD Players usually will play anything that has been finalized, same with your DVD drive on your computer. BUT! Yep there's a but, sorry. DVD players and DVD Drives sometimes can only read one type of disk. Either a DVD-R or DVD+R, some may not be able to read a re-writable disk too. Look through your manuals on your Laptop and your DVD Player(s) and try to match the correct media (i.e. DVD-R or DVD+R Write or Re-Writable) I found that between my PC and my DVD Player, that DVD+R would work without a hitch for both electonics. Download that software that Samsung gave you in with the video camera. It may end up loading the driver software to help you're computer to recognize the video DVD you are trying to play.
Oh, and make sure you really do have a DVD player/burner drive installed. I went to play a movie on my wife's Laptop and found it came with a CD drive and no DVD drive. That's not what I ordered and I was about a year to late to complain to the company. :( Hope that helps.
Only If you Play high def or blue ray disks on the player///regular disks will look even better then before but not quite as good as a high def or blue-ray disk!
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There might be a problem with the laser and its ability to see the disk. I would suggect you get a lens cleaning kit from a video store or from a dvd rental store try to clean the lens if this does not work, open the unit and use a manual fiber optic cleaning kit these can be obtained from an electronics parts outlet. Once the lens is clean it should recognize the disk.