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Optical Drive Confusion

by russ98stang / March 1, 2009 11:18 AM PST

I am trying to burn some files onto a DVD-R and the software dosnt recognize the disk in the drive. It reads other cd's and dvd's fine.
The part im confused with is that i cannot find a manufacturer name for the drive so i can get updates from HP. I have a laptop wich is fairly old but it is supposed to have either a toshiba or a sony drive. when i go into "my computer" it actually shows i have 2 drives an e and a d. Here is what the System Information window says.

Drive D:
Description CD-ROM Drive
Media Loaded No
Media Type CD-ROM
Name HL-DT-ST DVD+RW GCA-4040N
Manufacturer (Standard CD-ROM drives)
Status OK
Transfer Rate Not Available
SCSI Target ID 0
PNP Device ID IDE\CDROMHL-DT-ST_DVD+RW_GCA- 4040N_______________1.17____\5&1D1D9796&0&0.0.0
Driver c:\windows\system32\drivers\cdrom.sys (5.1.2600.3364 (xpsp_sp2_qfe.080502-1233), 61.13 KB (62,592 bytes), 8/3/2004 9:07 PM)


Drive E:
Description CD-ROM Drive
Media Loaded No
Media Type CD-ROM
Name XIR P2N8LM3 SCSI CdRom Device
Manufacturer (Standard CD-ROM drives)
Status OK
Transfer Rate Not Available
SCSI Target ID 0
PNP Device ID SCSI\CDROM&VEN_XIR&PROD_P2N8LM3&REV_1.03\5&36E5972&0&000
Driver c:\windows\system32\drivers\cdrom.sys (5.1.2600.3364 (xpsp_sp2_qfe.080502-1233), 61.13 KB (62,592 bytes), 8/3/2004 9:07 PM)

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"the software dosnt recognize the disk in the drive."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2009 11:26 AM PST

What software is that?

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this
by russ98stang / March 1, 2009 11:38 AM PST

IMG Burn.
Even if its the software, i dont understand why i cant figure out what brand of drive i have.

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You have a HL-DT-ST_DVD+RW
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2009 11:41 AM PST
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And it looks to me it's an early model that does not write to DVD-R media. HP made some that were DVD+R media only.

-> Be aware that the earliest of those would fry the laser if you put in the wrong media.

-> Again, in my loudest voice. "Don't do that!"
Bob

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???????
by russ98stang / March 1, 2009 10:03 PM PST

So who makes the HL-DT-ST_dvd+rw? And how do i go about finding out who makes it so i know for my own experience?

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Sorry.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2009 10:07 PM PST
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You can research that on your own. I only offered up what it appears to be.

If you want to expend time on that go right ahead but why isn't using supported media the right answer here?
Bob

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by russ98stang / March 1, 2009 10:16 PM PST
In reply to: Sorry.

Because i have tried multiple types of Blank CD's also, not just DVD's. But anyway, thanks for the help and ill post back if i can figure it out. May just have to ask my programing professor.

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This is very odd.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2009 10:42 PM PST
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You have a DVD+ recorder. I wonder if you forgot about the days when you had to choose which DVD standard you wanted to use. Today you don't find this issue.

It appears to me that you didn't take my hints so let's try it one last time.

You have a DVD "PLUS" recorder which you use "PLUS" media in.
Bob

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Bob is correct (as usual)...
by 1shado1 / March 2, 2009 7:15 AM PST
In reply to: ??

...that drive will only record to DVD + discs. The drive is made by LG.

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