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DVDRW writes are unreadable

New computer system from DigitalEdgePC, Windows XP home based. Original problem: video output without sound. Student of mine loaded a CODEC which solved that problem.
Present problem: DVDRW writes files via either Nero or copy, paste, burn, that result in a CD that cannot be read. System reports Space used 0, Space left 0. Visual inspection of CD shows writing actually took place. Tried replacing Lite-On drive with Sony drive. Same problem. Moved CD to different computer where it also cannot be read. Can this be another CODEC problem?

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  • alrobnett Mar 19, 2008

    Probably not Nero because a simple copy, paste, burn these files to CD gives exactly the same result. Also tried the Windows Writing Wizard. I would have taken it to service long ago except that it is an Internet purchase from an outfit that is 400 miles away.

  • alrobnett Mar 19, 2008

    You named three possible causes. The second one turned out to be correct. The system reads and writes correctly on -R discs. The drive itself has DVD+R printed on its face. Nero and Windows will certainly handle either format. What part of the system is it that requires the -R format? I gave my remaining -R discs away a year ago because I had trouble moving them between various devices that I own.



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Definitively it is not a codec problem

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    Ginko Mar 19, 2008

    Check if your dvdrw can at least write a CD, if it does not even work with cds then either there is a problem with Nero setup or the DVDRW Drive is faulty. here is an alternative free dvd rw software, here another one, try them, if they work then it was nero.
    Another thing, empty dvd come -R and +R format, ensure you tried both format as dome dvdrw machine does not work very well with either one or the other format.
    If all the above does not work then may be an issue with the hardware, in this case bring it back to service and have it checked.


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    Ginko Mar 19, 2008

    well, your dvd rw it is probably faulty, therefore in need to be replaced. A replacement dvdrw it is not an expensive part (they start from $60). Check if you can have it done from local technician for a small fee. Alternatevely describe the problem to seller and ask them to send you a replacement dvdrw, then have it replaced somewhere near to you.


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    Ginko Mar 19, 2008

    It is the DVD RW drive (the dvd rewriter device), good quality ones work the same with +r and -r. Old ones, or less expensive ones work well only with one of the two types, even if they are supposed to work well on both types.




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