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Philips DVD+-RW DVD8631 will not recgonize or burn blank DVDs

To whom it may concern,

I've a problem with my Philips DVD+-RW DVD8631. It will not recgonize blank DVDs, but will play regular DVDs, CDs and will burn blank CDs. I've tried many times over to update the drivers and anything I can think of on the software side. I've also gone and deleted any and all burning software that may have caused a problem and reinstalled only the OEM installed Cyberlink PowerDVD and DVDShrink and DVD Decrypter. These ones have been on my computer for a while so I know they aren't the cause of the issue. The drive reads blank DVDs as CDs with 0 bytes free and 0 bytes used. I've even tried to find a solution on and all I got was another link to the same driver I've installed over and over. Is there anything else I can do short of buying a new drive? Thanks.


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  • Degenerate Dec 10, 2007

    I have the exact same problem except with my Sony DRU-810a

  • mainebear2 May 03, 2008

    Same issue here. I have a Philips DVD+RW-D28 and the drive does not recognize blank dvd's anymore after instally Dazzle DVD Recorder. I can burn and play CD's, play DVD's but still can not burn things to DVD's. Shows up as 0 bytes just like what the other person on here state. I have uninstalled Dazzle but the problem still exits. This drive only reads +R not -R

  • hotest Sep 02, 2008

    I have the same problem. My Philips DVD +- RW DVD8631 does not recognize blank DVD or burn a DVD. I have tried Memorex DVD -R, -RW and +R - none of these worked in my DVD drive. I can however play a DVD or CD and burn a CD using this DVD drive.

  • Skrin Dec 14, 2008

    To whom it may concern,

    I have a friend that is running a Dell, with DVD8631, and he's having the same problem. However, on my computer, I'm running a Sony DVD+-RW DL DRU810. I'm having the same problem with that also. The only thing that I find that works to solve the problem is to totally format the hard drive that contains the OS, and reinstall windows. I do know that there are certain programs that will cause this issue, and I have run into a couple of DVD's that will also make the drive act like this. Hope this helps someone.

  • demilo5524 Jan 03, 2009

    I have very similar problem with Philips DVD8631. It sporadically recognizes a blank DVD, while not recognizing about 5 to the one that is recognizes. There does not appear to be any reason. I just went thru 25 DVD+R and only 9 were recognized by Philips. The rest were invisible.

    Please advise if you find a solution!

  • darrenq1 Jan 25, 2009

    hi guys same prob here i have aphilips dvd+rw d28 which will burn cds no problem but has stoped reading dvds when i look at my computer with the drive empty it shows as a dvd/cd-rw drive ,however when i insert a dvd it changes the drive to a cd drive .i have phoned philips about this and installed all the new firmware with no result ,philips answer was to remove the drive and try it in another pc ,like so easy done, easy for the tech guys to say ova the phone .the device properties say its working properly but its clearly not , it did work fine ages ago but when u need it its just not playing ball ,any help would be great .



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Okay guys here's your solution use memorex dvd-r disc in these drives these are the most compatable disc out there.

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Try updating the firmware of the drive: (link not verified)

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