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Dvd-rw drive not working

The drive will not record onto disc,

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  • Elaine Scales Feb 08, 2008

    Already checked the properties,Enable cd recording is ticked.

    Also tried the - and + dvds nothing works

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Hi Elaine, Usually DVD recording issue can be related to the configuration or Hardware itself. please check if standard CD/DVD recording option is active you can see it by right click on CD/DVD drive and properties. Please check the box highlighted below
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If it doesn't work you can contact to DELL hotline or alternately you can post the outcome on here

Good Luck

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    There is another step to try but you have already ranked without showing appreciation for assistance. Therefore no point for me to help you further

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Make sure u are using the right type of DVDs, there is burners that only burn on (+) dvdsthere is burners that only burn (-) dvds, Make sure ur DVDs have the same symbol as in ur DVD Drive, if ur drive has (+) and (-) then u should be able to burn into any dvd, and make sure U are not using Dual layer discs, if this dont fix ur problem report it to dell customer support and they ll send u a new drive within 3 to 5 days.

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