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DVD-RW IBM A31 Thinkpad problem

I have the A31 2652-M3U come with the Ultrabay 2000 and came factory with the combo CD-RW/DVD ROM. Yesterday I purchased an upgrade drive (supossedly for the A31) a NEC DVD-RW ND-6650A. This was neccessary as the 700MB disks were no longer cutting it for my Autocad files. The A31 recognized the new drive as plug and play yet when I try to use it, I get the error message that "the disc in the drive is not a writable CD or is full." When I troubleshoot the problem, the A31 says the drive is working properly, but seems to think it is a CD-RW/DVD combo disk and not the DVD-RW. So, oh great Guru's of the technical world what should I do....and please don't tell me to buy another computer :)

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Re: DVD-RW IBM A31 Thinkpad problem

I take it you are trying to "send to" files to the DVD-RW?You can't burn a DVD just with windows XP . It only supports CDRW drives.

Get commercial software like Roxio or Nero, or download a free CD burning program like this one:

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