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Cd's use a different file structure that dvd's. Dvd's use udf and cd's use cdfs. Try cleaning the drive with a cleaning cd and downloading the latest drivers for the drive from the NEC website for the easiest fix.
This is a common issue with NEC DVD burners, assuming that your NEC DVD burner cannot read and write DVDs anymore. I had a similar issue with my NEC DVD burner, which couldn't read and write CDs, but DVDs successfully. This is usually due to wear and tear of constant usage of the drive itself and sometimes mechanisms inside the DVD burner cease to work. While Windows Troubleshooting, uninstalling and re-installing the drive are suggestable, I am afraid the only option is a complete DVD burner replacement.
I figured out what was causing the problem with my NEC 6500A on my Dell laptop: The Sony Picture Motion Browser software that I was using to burn DVD's is only compatible up to Service Pack 2 of Windows XP. The day after I installed Service Pack 3, the software stopped burning DVD's. So I uninstalled Service Pack 3, rebooted, unistalled the Sony PMB software, rebooted and re-installed the Sony PMB software and I can now burn DVD's again. So check whether the software you're burning your DVD's with is compatible with whatever version of your operating system you're operating with. Hope this helps someone else!
I have encountered this problem numerous times and, while I'm not sure of the exact cause, the remedy that works 90% of the time for me is to create a 1:1 solution of isopropyl alcohol & distilled water and to GENTLY brush the laser with a cotton swab tipped with this solution. Afterwards, use the other side of the swab to completely dry off the laser, ensuring that absolutely no cotton fibers are left behind. Good luck!
I used to have a DVD/CDRW driver on my Sony Vaio and I had to replace it twice it died on me and I had to buy a new one every time the truth is that many things can go wrong for such small device so try this go to http://drivers.softpedia.com/get/FIRMWARE/Nec/Nec-ND-6500A-firmware-424.shtml
Download the firmware, if after that it still wont work your chances are that you have to buy a new one.
If it's only 8 months old, then you have atleast 4 months left on your warranty.
The problem will either be the ide controller channel or the dvd drive and firmware has faulted, the same fault probably happens when you have put a dvd in and it wont read or eject.
Return to the place of purchase, where the drive should be replaced or the notebook exchanged.
I think that it's a firmware issue. If the unit is till covered by warranty, you may have to bring it back for replacement. When doing so, it may be to your advantage to bring the PC while it is still attached and blank CDs and DVDs just to demonstrate the particular failure and likewise to be able to test if and when it would be replaced. If for some reason, you would want to try DIY, please look over these sites that you may have an idea.
Hope this be of some help and pls post again how things turn up. Good luck and kind regards.