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Wont burn data dvd

Dell lsl p/n: 7w036-a01 cd rewritable dvd+rewritable, ... okay, it plays music, burns cd-r and cd-rw's... i bought some brand maxwell 4.7 gig dvd's because im tryin to put save data before i reformat and reinstall my win. xp. ... using nero 7.0 and anything else i can find but it wont burn dvd's.. i looked further into the problem by puttin a fresh blank dvd rw maxwell in, and checkin the properties of the d drive. and it reads that there is no cd. sayin - mb used and 0 mb available.. talk about aggravating. please help, thank you for yer time.

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  • Anonymous Dec 17, 2008

    Damn I got the exact same Problem.

    Is there really no other way than to replace the drive? Initially I thought Windows installed a wrong driver... how come the laser can't burn anymore but reads all the data anyway, that doesn't seem to make sense.

  • devilwoman19 Feb 17, 2009

    when i try to burn a dvd it keeps telling me i dont have a disc in

  • aquanut72 Feb 22, 2009

    I have two DVD burners in my machine... one Pioneer and one Samsung... both stopped burning RW disks at the same time, but both can still burn single write disks. The same happens with CDs and DVDs. Occured after I fresh re-installed XP following a virus problem.



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I had the same problem and it turned out the software was corrupt due to a virus and I had to reload the software and everything worked.

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As soon as a dvd drive only starts to play cd's, cdrw's or only reports that you have a CDRW drive when inserting a blank DVD, the writers laser is worn out or faulty and no longer recognises dvd's, and so needs replacing i'm afraid, but as you may know it's cheaper nowadays to purchase a new writer.

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