Can't write to DVD RW

  Mike 21:26 19 Jan 2008

I have a new HP laptop and can Play DVD but cannot wright to DVD-RW. DVD is reported as CD what do I do to correct this.
OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
System Model HP Compaq 6715s (GS561AV)
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 104 Stepping 1 AuthenticAMD ~1895 Mhz
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 104 Stepping 1 AuthenticAMD ~1895 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Hewlett-Packard 68YTT Ver. F.07, 16/07/2007
Drive D:
Description CD-ROM Drive
Media Loaded No
Media Type CD-ROM
Name MAT*!@:A DVD-RAM UJ-860H
Manufacturer (Standard CD-ROM drives)
Status OK
Transfer Rate Not Available
SCSI Target ID 0
PNP Device ID IDE\CDROMMAT*!@:A_DVD-RAM_UJ-860H________________1.02____\5&20109207&0&0.0.0
Driver c:\windows\system32\drivers\cdrom.sys (5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158), 48.38 KB (49,536 bytes), 04/08/2004 09:00)

  daxian 21:44 19 Jan 2008

hi mike ...
you will need to format a dvd-rw before you can use it ....Dave

  rdave13 21:47 19 Jan 2008

What burning software do you use? XP only burns CD's.

  Mike 22:01 19 Jan 2008

Should have been more specific, I am using HP backup softweare which says I need 3 DVD or 17 CD. when I put a DVD-RW in it says its CD and I will need 17. I want to use 3 DVD.

  skidzy 22:01 19 Jan 2008

As said,you need a third party piece of software to burn dvd's.

Deepburner click here will do the job.

  skidzy 22:02 19 Jan 2008

Try using different media such as -R dvd

  Mike 22:18 19 Jan 2008


What will the format do, will it remove the RW properties. I was hoping to use RW to use as Regular Backups.

  Mike 22:21 19 Jan 2008


Need to nip out to Asda(24) and get some -R dvd.
Deepburner looks good.

  daxian 22:37 19 Jan 2008

hi mike ...
formatting makes the disk useable you can write stuff to it .....when you need to use it again a format will blank it ready to use again...Dave

  Mike 15:10 20 Jan 2008

Now got DVD-R and Machine still thinks its a CD.
So as rdave13 points out XP has no DVD writer program only CD.

which should I choose Deepburner or any other sugestions welcolm

  Technotiger 15:16 20 Jan 2008

If you are going to be doing much DVD stuff, I would advise you to get Nero - it is worth paying for, though you might be able to get a free download - not sure about that though.

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