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HP DVD 740e wont burn Dual Layers anymore!

Ok, this is annoying. I have a HP DVD 740e, external USB 2.0 DVD burner. Worked GREAT with my Compaq tower, bought a new Sony Vaio tower, now it sees the drive, but wont burn to Dual Layer DVD+R's!!! I have a LiteOn drive thats the same as the HP, but still wont burn Dual Layer discs!! HELP!!!!!

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    Mark Feb 26, 2008

    Thanks for trying. Im using Nero 7, and the tower i have already has a DVD burner internal, but it does not burn to Dual Layer DVDs, thus my need for the external HP 740E. I burned a movie to the internal and it ran perfectly. Whereas even if i put a DVD in the external just to view it, it wont register or recognise any disc i put into it. I put a blank DL disc into it, and the computer says theres nothing in the drive. GRRR!!!

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Try re-installing the software associated with the burner, so it installs the necessary drivers and files needed for the burner to work according to your needs.

Also check the connections and cables... sometimes moving it around causes the cables to loose some contacts.

Hope this helps...

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