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DVD / CD - RW Combo

Hi i got this laptop it said it has a DVD/CD-rw combo
and it will not let me burn a DVD ? is this type of dvd drive for burning DVDs ?

I can burn CDs but not DVDs ???

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  • masterkush Dec 21, 2007

    i can't burn an dvd disk

  • cweeba77 Dec 23, 2007

    i cant watch dvds its saying i need a decoder i went to the store and i got no help

  • Anonymous Dec 24, 2007

    I have never used the dvd however when i boot up it states dvd not installed check wire?

  • delrosa77 Apr 02, 2008

    I've had this acer aspire 3680 for almost a year but just recently tried to burn downloaded files to a dvd disk but it just keeps saying..." insert disk" when the disk is in my guess is that I need a cetain type of writeable dvd disk. Can you please tell me the type of dvd disk I need for this lap top?

  • Finley Breeze Apr 10, 2008

    I cannot burn DVD. Does this Aspire 3680 have a DVD burner?

  • Finley Breeze Apr 10, 2008

    Aspire 3680. Cannot burn DVD, does theis computer have a DVD burner?

    Cannot activate s-vodeo port.

  • son4510 May 09, 2008

    I cannot burn dvd in my aspire3680

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    will not either burn or play cds or dvds.



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There is no DVD burner on this laptop. It is a DVD player/CD Burner. That's why you are'nt able to burn. I had to buy a dvd burner for mine.

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    DVD/cd-rw means that it is a DVD player/Cd Burner. I had to buy an external dvd burner for this laptop.


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When you say you cannot burn DVD's, do you mean you cannot burn DVD movies or do you mean you cannot burn data files to a DVD?

Burning DVD movies requires specific software to transcode the video and create a directory structure that DVD's players expect.

When you try to burn DVD's does it produce an error? What software are you using to burn?

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