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LiteOn Dual layer DVD +/- Writer (+/- RW) CD Laser faulty

Q: LiteOn Dual layer DVD +/- Writer (+/- RW) CD Laser faulty

LiteOn Dual layer DVD R RW CD Laser faulty Wont read CDs Hi I purchased a LiteOn IT Dual layer DVD - Writer - RW a little over a year ago and recently the CD laser has become faulty or at least I m assuming so The drive will read DVDs fine but not DVD (+/- faulty Laser LiteOn Writer CD layer Dual RW) +/- CDs I ve tried using lens cleaners and I ve reinstalled drivers Tried multiple CDs in multiple computers and still no luck Since the warranty has already expired and is thus void I opened the drive up to see if I could see anything wrong but saw nothing I could say was the problem The drive simply spins up when a CD is put in but then stops again - I m asuming this is because it s failed to detect a disk I m just wondering if there is any options short of buying a new drive Is there a replacement laser LiteOn Dual layer DVD +/- Writer (+/- RW) CD Laser faulty I could buy even if I have to resolder it to the board myself Any other options solutions would be greatly LiteOn Dual layer DVD +/- Writer (+/- RW) CD Laser faulty appreciated Many thanks Ben nbsp

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A: LiteOn Dual layer DVD +/- Writer (+/- RW) CD Laser faulty

Can someone move this to the Storage forum so it might get a bit more attention please.

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You are going to think this is strange, but try CCleaner -->HERE<-- and then burn (and close) again.

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'Optical disk drive: SuperMulti 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support.'
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Looking for Archival Quality Dual Layer DVD Media for long-term (5 years plus) storage. I'll settle for fewer years if I have to.

Anyone have any links on the subject?

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Howdy yall. I'm running Win2KPro +sp1 and am having trouble with my DVD burner. I have a Sony USB DRX-710 drive hooked up via a DLink PCMCIA USB 2.0 Card. When I prepare a DVD to be burned, mainly any DVD over 4.7 gigs, the drive wont pick up the blank DVD. It picks up the media, but as a blank CD-R. It prompts me to put in a disc with enough capacity to fit the DVD. I've got the Verbatim Dual Layer DVDs.

I've downloaded and installed the latest firmware upgrades, including the one that says it updates media recognition....but it doesnt work....

any ideas? has this happened to anyone else?


A:DVD drive wont recognize Dual Layer DVD

anyone know???
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I was searching for information on burning DL with Nero and saw a lot of info that really had nothing to do with my question I just had a quick question though Is there a special proceedure to burn a movie that s gigs I was using the exact same proceedure that I use to burn reg disks burning a movie from files off my harddrive but the only difference is that when Nero said my project was more than what a DVD could handle it asked if I wanted them compressed to fit I said no It pretty much said Nero. Layer disks Dual with Burning ok but you ll need a DVD disk Ok I put in a DVD R DL disk It encoded for hours and burned the disk Nero even said it was successful When I tried to play it on my PCs DVD playing software it told me it didn t Burning Dual Layer disks with Nero. recognize the format When I looked in My Computer my PC saw the disk but said that it had a capacity of MB and all of that was used The disk does look like it was burned to capacity The DVDs I normally burn Reg gig are DVD R Any suggestions before I ruin another expensive DVD disk Burning Dual Layer disks with Nero. nbsp

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I have Nero 6 with StartSmart which is rather old, about 9 months. I have tried burning dual layer 8x discs on my new philips SPD24138D MODEL dvd writer which will burn dual layer at 8x. However my old Nero 6 software seems to be limited to burning at 4x for dual layer. My Philips dvd writer came with software. But it is only trialware. So I did not install it.
Otherwise I don't know of any option to get the full speed from my DVD writer other than getting the Nero 7 which is about $100.00

This site below is supposed to have free DVD authoring software for making movies. I wonder if it will burn at the high 8x speed for dual layer.