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If you told us the make and model of the drive then we could have had a look for you.

Most DVD burners burn both types now but some early ones didn't.

Cheap option, go and buy DVD+R, more expensive option but excuse to upgrade go buy yourself a nice Plextor DVD burning that does everything and anything.

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Hey guys, I'm new to the forums and love the show. I am having a bit of a problem with a friend of mine I'm trying to help. She has a Dell I believe demension E319, it's a newer model with Media Center 64-bit. The problem is her DVD-RW will not read any blank media... well I shouldn't say read, I guess recognize. It spits out every blank disc and asks for a blank one.

I have ran across this problem before and I'm pretty sure it is a registry key, but I cannot remember which one. I have tried deleting upper and lower filter's, but that didn't seem to help. It reads any other disc just fine and she doesn't have a recovery CD. There is a Dell tool (Driver Diagnostic's) tool which I ran to check and it found no problems.

I highly appreciate any help or advice I can get, thanks:)

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I accidently bought DVD-R's at Office Depot not knowing that my burner only could burn DVD+R's. Is there a way to get the burner to burn the -R's? do i have to get new discs or a new burner? Thanks, Eytan.

Easiest and cheapest way to fix it is to take them back to Office Depot and swap them for the other format.

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It could also be user error. Are you sure you told Nero to use the DVD format? When I first wanted to write a DVD with Nero I found it not to be so obviuse as to how to tell nero I want to be write a DVD.

Not sure if this was directed toward me, but if so, I agree. It took me awhile to realize I needed to switch Nero to write to DVD's and not CD's. Also I'm pretty sure wasn't user error, cause I tried with the built in XP CD Recording software and also Sonic. They all act as if there is no blank media inserted and that's DVD-RW's and CD-R's. I will check for a firmware update next time I work on that PC. Thanks again.

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ND-1100A dvd-r one of the first things you get in google - also I remembered reading about it way way back (I think it was) anyway it's risky so well you take your chances with it :(

Oh and the other with the no read blank media have you tried running a disc cleaner through it also make sure the PSU actually is powerful enough to run the system... oh and that it's a Writable drive :D just joking on the last one

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ND-1100A dvd-r one of the first things you get in google - also I remembered reading about it way way back (I think it was) anyway it's risky so well you take your chances with it :(

Oh and the other with the no read blank media have you tried running a disc cleaner through it also make sure the PSU actually is powerful enough to run the system... oh and that it's a Writable drive :D just joking on the last one

hahaha. I will check out this modded firmware possibly if all else fails. The PC is actually a brand new Dell Demension E319 I think. Windows XP Media Center Edtion 64-bit, pretty nice system. I have had this problem before and what solved it was a registry key. I had the source of that information bookmarked, but I've re-formatted since then and forgot to backup my bookmarks and now I can't find it again for the life of me. I mainly only see info now saying delete upper and lower filters in a specific key I can't think of off the top of my head and I have tried that with no success. Thanks for all the help guys I have not had a chance to get back with this client of mine to try and resolve her issue, but hopefully I'll figure it out:)

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