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New DVD burner won't read blank DVD-r's.

My week old dvd burner has stoppped burning dvd for me. It's able to read blank cd's, data and video dvds, but not DVD-R's. I've tried a mutitude of ideas 1) Unistalling the Drive, with restart 2) unistalling the primary IDE channel, with restart 3) unistalling any dvd related programs, with restart, reinstall 4 )3 different types of dvd-rs, sony, memorex, maxell 5) registry cleaning, with restart I know that windows doesn't write dvds in explorer, but this effects any dvd burning software... I'm at my wits end... any ideas? I purchase this HP unit (ebay) which was shipped from taiwan, and I have never been able to burn DVDs. it can read dvds but when I insert a blank dvd it show it as a full dvd.

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    Tualiapz May 11, 2010

    Can you give the make and model number of your DVD drive?



    You said you have never been able to burn DVDs.



    Check the screws on the drive to see if it has been tempered before. You never know what dodgey stuff you get on Ebay.

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Hi again, just saw the brand and model number you posted.. noob me....

sorry to inform you that your drive HP 344542-005 is just a dvd rom drive. Its not a burner and will never burn a dvd. not even a cd.

Specs of drive:
344542-005
Hp 16X ATAPI/IDE DVD-ROM optical drive - With +R media read support - CD read up to 40X, DVD-ROM read up to 16X

Posted on May 29, 2009

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After reading all that you have done I see the only thing you haven't done is change, upgrade or install the DVD Decoder, Excellent decoders are Roxio, Cyberlink (known as PowerDVD) , and the best for the money NVIDIA. Hope this clears your problem

Good Luck =)

Posted on May 29, 2009

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