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Re: dvd burner dvd+rw and dvd r problem
Hey Bruce - In your first post you said DVD+RW works which would make sense. In your comment you said that DVD-RW works which would not make sense. You've got to be sure. I'll you what it is supposedly direct from HP/Compaq:
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The Acer Aspire Z5700 Desktop Computer includes a slimline CD/DVD burner capable of burning the following media: CD-R, CD+R, CD-RW, CD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-R DL (double layer), and DVD+R DL (double layer).
Basically, this computer can burn to any type of recordable CD/DVD media except for BluRay.
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start control panel printers and other hardware system (on left side) hardware device manager DVD / CD rom drives
does it show up as a burner? DVD-RW or CD-RW if not it may have a wrong driver installed If windows does not recognize it as a burner it will never work untill you get past the driver issue.
If the correct driver is installed should be pretty simple there are many ways to burn right click on a file and select SEND TO and send it to your burner usually drive D add all your files then select BURN FILES
or if they are media files you can use Windows Media Player
if all else fails track down a copy of Nero burning rom software or Roxio easy media creator.
Finally having said all that are you using the correct media? if you try to burn files using a DVD on a non DVD burner it won't work.
also older burners were finicky and you had to watch your + and -'s
meaning if a DVD-R isn't working then try a DVD+R
if its an older burner you may consider upgrading it, a DVD burner can be bought on ebay or newegg for about $50 and its only a 2 cable install so its not to hard.
Another more extreme solution is to save all your files which you should be keeping in the "my documents" folder and do a system restore. (requires the factory restore disks)
This is very time intensive and can be VERY tricky but if the computer has been running for 3 plus years and is running slow it could probably use a fresh start and anything that has been corrupted over the years gets wiped away.
some burners can only use certain formats for burning to. For example, CD Burners may only be able to use CDRs, and not CDRW (RW is rewriteable). DVD Burners may only be able to use DVD+R, or DVD-R, not able to use DVD+or-RW at all, or you might be trying to use DVDRAM. Have a look at the specs listed in the user manual, and go from there.
Alright. Seems like Windows, for some reason, doesn't think your drive is able to burn things when trying to deal with this kind of disc.
I'll need further information, like if you use another program to burn music CDs, and what other things might have changed the registry settings. I know of a fix that resolves issues with the Windows version of data CD burning, but it only applies to CD-R and CR-RW drives..