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Will Not Format DVDs

My AR-230 quit formating DVDs but will sometimes format a DVD-RW disc. It still plays DVDs but can't record/burn to DVDs.
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  • bull97 Sep 02, 2008

    Have a Gateway AR-230 DVD burner and when I hit record it wont record. The invalid symbol comes up on the top corner. I even tried hitting the record button on the burner itself. I've tried a 4x dvd and a 8x dvd. Both wont work. Trying to burn a home video to dvd. Will a 8x dvd work on the burner? Is there any formatting needed before burning?



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I contacted Gateway and found out that the AR-230 will not work with anything more than 4x DVD's. Usually it will format DVD-RW's but avoid Maxell brand. Usually any other cheep brand will work.

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