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sytem thinks my dvdrw drive is a cdrw drive

By dspro04 ยท 7 replies
Nov 11, 2006
  1. hi my hl-dt-st DVDRRW GWA-4164B is read as a cd-rw drive so i cant burn dvds i can burn cds, but it dose read dvd and playes them just wont recongnise dvd-r dvd+r dvd+rw, it say pleas in sert a blank dvd
    but they are blank im useing tdk meadia

    also i did have itunes once but i rebooted windows

  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    What DVD burning software have you installed? Windows has the built in capability to burn Cd's it does not however have the ability to burn DVD's. you must have some kind of third party DVD burning software installed to burn DVD's
  3. dspro04

    dspro04 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i do i have nero and record now

    allso my dvdrw is on location one but my othere dvd drives are on location 0
  4. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    1 would be the slave position since almost ALL DVD Burners come jumperd as master did you change the jumper setting to slave?
  5. leej52006

    leej52006 TS Rookie


    im having similar problems with this drive which i have, except my drive wont read or write normal CD-R's, or RW's for that matter which it originally did when i 1st got my PC.

    is there any driver or firmware which may fix this problem? or does anything in particular effect this sort of thing?

    im stuck with what to do, ive re-installed windows once which didnt help atall. i know its not the best of drives by all means it burns DVD's at low speeds but atleast it burns them. i just dont understand this so any help will be appreciated ;)

    Thanks, Lee
  6. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    If it is an older burner then it is likely that the Cd laser has died. But the DVD laser is still working. that is why you can still burn DVD's. if that is the case there is no fix except a new burner.
  7. leej52006

    leej52006 TS Rookie

    Thanks for that, thats most likely the problem. And to be honest i didnt realise that there was two lasers..

    Anyways, i think a new and decent burner is in order here, thanks once again for the info ;)
  8. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    Glad to help and now is a good time for a new burner, they are faster and as cheap as they are ever going to get.

    And welcome to techspot!
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