Can DVD burner fail although CDs still write?

By skeeter1
Sep 16, 2011
Post New Reply
  1. I've spent hours trying to get my DVD burner to write. I've done all the things suggested by Roxio and by HP, but it still will not burn video. Burns audio fine. Is it possible for a burner to fail this way??
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Of course it is possible... replace the optical drive
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,715   +397

    Yep. Well at least I'd think so. Laser beams are different sizes for DVD and CD, so based on that I'd expect that one could fail without the other.

    The good news is optical drives are incredibly cheap now.
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,704   +1,887

    Indeed. Actually, the lasers for CD & DVD are different wavelengths. DVD being shorter, places the burning surface closer to the read side of the disc, while CD wavelength is closer to the label.

    "Blu-Ray" derives its name from the extremely short wavelength blue laser used in its operation.

    The shorter the wavelength of the laser, the less the divergence, and hence the more information can be placed within a given area.

    And yes, DVD drives are so cheap, nobody should have a second thought, or any anxiety about replacing one.

    @OP just check the buss mode before you go out and try buying a replacement. Is yours IDE or SATA?

    OK, that's enough fan facts and statements about the, (perhaps), obvious for now.
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    We get these problems all the time with posters. Optical drives are so cheap now, that all these words seem unnecessary now

Similar Topics

Add New Comment

You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.
TechSpot Account You may also...