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DVD-RW DRIVE DOES NOT RECOGNIZE BLANK DVD DISKS


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Hi,

You guys have been great with problems I've had in the past.

Now, I have a problem with burning DVD's. My dvd-rw drive (pioneer dvr-108) doesn't recognize blank dvd's. It will recognize commercial dvd's as well as dvd's I have burned in the past. It will recognize cd's and I can burn cd's. The only problem is when I put a blank DVD-R or +R into the drive, my computer system info for that drive changes from the label "dvd-rw (D:)" to cd (D:) and doesn't see the blank DVD disk.

I have tried several system restores and uninstalled and reinstalled the DVD-RW driver with no luck. I'm at a loss of what to do now. I just burned a DVD a week ago, so I don't think the Pioneer is bad. But I'm not sure.

My operating system is MCE 2005 (XP PRO).

I hope someone can give me some direction.
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The drive may be going bad.
Try this:
Go to Device Manager, click a "+" sign next to IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers.
You'll see two items:
- ATA Channel0 (or Primary Channel)
- ATA Channel1 (or Secondary Channel)
Right click on each of them, and click Uninstal. Confirm.
Restart Windows. They'll be automatically reinstalled.
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Hi,

I followed your instructions, but the pioneer dvr is doing the same thing.
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You may need new drive.
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So, I replaced the drive with a new one and now I can not boot up. The power is on and the fan runs but the monitor screen is blank and the computer doesn't boot up.
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Hi, I was able to get the system up and running with the new dvd/cd rewritable drive. However, I'm still having the same problem as before with the old existing drive. Drive works great execpt when I put a blank dvd- or+ rw disk in the drive does not recognizes the disk. I can not burn dvd's
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More info...

I'm able to durn dvd's on this device with Nero. However, I can not burn with media center or windows. Windows doesn't recognize my optical device as a dvd burner.
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XP doesn't have built-in ability to burn DVDs (Vista does). That's why, you have to use 3rd party program.
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Media Center 2005 does have dvd burning capabilities.
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I'm not familiar with burning DVDs through Media Center, but since you can burn them with Nero, it looks like it's M$ problem, not your drive problem.
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