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Dell DVD writer giving error "invalid media"

by bbartrug / August 12, 2010 12:21 AM PDT

Hello, I've just added a slave drive to my Dell Inspiron 4700 running Windows XP Pro. I changed the location of the OS backup image to the new 1tb slave drive (and also to a new 1tb external drive) using Acronis True Image. I wanted to generate a new boot disc but the Phillips DVD writer wouldn't cooperate. I went into the Properties of the DVD drive and noticed the "Write to CDs" button was unchecked. Cool. After rechecking, the DVD drive did write one boot disc. When I tried to write a second boot disc, I got the message "invalid media." I've had this happen before a month or so ago while burning CDs for my car, but changed disc manufacturer and that fixed it. Now the DVD writer won't burn anything. Using more than one burn software. What's up?

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Have you tried.,
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 12, 2010 1:14 AM PDT

A cd/dvd lens cleaner and another DVD drive?

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Tried that.....
by bbartrug / August 12, 2010 6:23 AM PDT

Thanks, J., but the problem is deeper than that. I've tried two brands and types of CDs to no avail. Both types were clean, right out of the container.


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Usually not any deeper than a drive.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 12, 2010 6:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Tried that.....

Since most folk want to read another solution other than a drive I mention the CD/DVD lens cleaner. The sad story is that for desktops the usual bulk DVDRW drive can cost as much as some lens cleaners!


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Don't suspect it's the drive......
by bbartrug / August 12, 2010 10:07 AM PDT this has happened before. I just can't remember what it is I did to fix it.


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