DVD plays but doesn't burn

By overflo
Mar 21, 2006
  1. A friend has a dvd burner - NEC ND1200A. It plays any DVD's no problems but whenever a blank DVD is inserted and we try to burn something (tried NERO plus 3 other programs) it says that there is no disc inserted. Have tried all sorts of different discs. I have no idea where to start looking. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    Start looking at a new burner.
    Does it recognize blank CD's?

    They're so cheap now, that's it's better to just buy a new one.
  3. overflo

    overflo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It's never burnt a dvd, doesn't recognise blank ones but has always played dvd's ok. Only tried to burn for the first time recently. I might try updating the firmware, is there any risk involved? It is a business computer and can't afford to have any downtime and I've never updated firmware before.
  4. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,160   +198

    i Still have a lot of problem with my lacie dvdrw..

    Please insert disk..
    Drive not ready..

    I updated the firmware of the drive and it seemed to help a little.

    Updating firmware is RISKY.. wrong firmware download and its usualy bye bye drive. my advice. ( and what i did) is email off to your drives manufacturers and ask them exactly which download you will require.

    Also my drive is very funny with burning software it likes to use..

    If you can get hold of a copy of tmpgenc version 1.5 ( 1.5 is the only one my drive works with :) ) that usualy does the job!
  5. TS Rookie Posts: 98

    uninstall the drivers for the dvdrw and go to the manufacturer website, download the latest drivers for it. if you need step by step directions just say so and if you cant find the drivers limme know.
  6. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,160   +198

    btw, are you sure its a dvd rw?lol

  7. TS Rookie Posts: 98

    lol i edited my post, its dvd rw, googled it
  8. TS Rookie Posts: 98

  9. overflo

    overflo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah, haven't been able to find driver, only the firmware from the Manufacturers site, that's why was going to give it a go, but we've decided not to now. We tried many different brands of media too. It burns CD's no probs tho. Will try tmpgenc. Will also check out that link, thanks.
  10. TS Rookie Posts: 98

    have you tried alcohol 120% , i dont know if windows can burn dvds if you have a burner installed ,
    the way that it burns cds. try some different software
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