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#1 kevb8ll

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 05:40 AM

Ok

I have a RW DVD CD combo on my lap top as does my wife on hers. Neither laptop is seeing a DVD- or DVD+ as being empty, although both register them as being in the drives.

I have XP pro and my wife has XP home. Both are up to date with updates and I have checked the driver for both DVD drives on the respective laptops.

The job I want to do is I want to back up my family photos onto DVD.

Hopefully one of you guys can help.

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 05:54 AM

If they are combo drives, then they won't burn DVDs. Combos play CD/DVD and burn CDs.

What are the model numbers of those drives?

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 06:29 AM

If they are combo drives, then they won't burn DVDs. Combos play CD/DVD and burn CDs.

What are the model numbers of those drives?


Definitely a DVD writer mine is a TSST CDDVDW TS-L632H. I have a Samsung P500.

My wife's is a HL-DT-ST DVDRW GWA-4082N on a HP pavillion DV4000
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Posted 17 August 2010 - 06:33 AM

What burning software are you using?

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 06:43 AM

What burning software are you using?


Just looking to do it through windows. Opening a window, copy files in and then burn, (or not!)
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Posted 17 August 2010 - 06:56 AM

The point is, when I put a blank DVD in - windows sees it as 0 bytes available - so it sees it as full. That is the case on both laptops so it can't be the hardware.
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Posted 17 August 2010 - 11:36 AM

The problem is XP doesn't support burning to DVD, CDs yes, DVDs no. If there isn't some sort of burning software already installed on your system(s)............

Try this: http://www.deepburner.com/?r=download, select the free version and try that.

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 04:28 PM

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