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An easy way to tell if your DVD-R drive is DL?

by an00b1z / August 22, 2006 2:20 PM PDT

Hi. I have an HP Pavilion zd8000, and all the specs I could find on the Internet indicate that it should have a Dual Layer DVD-RW drive, but no site indicates whether it's optional or standard for the computer (I assume optional).

I seem to remember getting mine with a Dual Layer DVD-RW, but I just stuck in a DL disc and it couldn't read it. Is there any way to figure out whether it's a DL DVD-RW or just a normal DVD-RW?


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find the model number
by linkit / August 22, 2006 3:37 PM PDT

Get the model number of the DVD drive from DEVICE MANAGER and Google it.

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(NT) (NT) My burning software (NTI) tells me.
by Coryphaeus / August 22, 2006 11:47 PM PDT
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Easy Way
by seanis2blue / August 24, 2006 8:26 PM PDT

I also have a zd8000, and there's a really easy way to tell. If you look on the side of the computer with drive (should be the left-hand side), there should be 3 icons on the drive door. The first one (towards the back of the computer) should be the DVD symbol, the middle one should be the CD symbol (says "disc"), and the one towards the front should say "RW". Underneath the very front one, it will say "DVD+R DL" in very small letters if you have a double-layer drive. I believe it came standard on all zd8000's, but I'm not sure.

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by an00b1z / August 24, 2006 10:04 PM PDT
In reply to: Easy Way

Found it! Thanks.

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