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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 03:19 PM
I recently received a DVD in the mail (a very generous freebie from freebird) and when I put it in my DVD drive, nothing happens. I recently received another couple of DVDs in the mail (incidentally the same brand as the one I just received) with FLAC files on it. When I put it in the drive and closed the drawer, a box would open up almost immediately with the folders stored on the DVD. I then saved the files to my PC, decoded them, and burned the discs. I could also hear the drive making noise as it read the disc. No noise at all when I pop in the most recently received DVD. I PMd freebird who suggested trying to open my E drive. When i did this, it just asks me to insert a disc, which I had already done. As I type this, I also inserted one of the other DVDs I got (from a different source) and immediately heard the noise and the box opened up with the info. I did this just to make sure there was nothing wrong with the drive. It seems to me that maybe there is just nothing on the disc - is there a way to be sure?
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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 03:43 PM
If I understand your problem correctly, I have had similar problems on my mac. Never did find the solution, so I'd be very interested in any other feedback on this problem.

 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 06:00 PM
Do you have a dvd-r or dvd-r/w? dvd-r(read only) tend to be more finicky when it come's to dvd's brands and the whole (+) (-) thing. I used to have just a dvd-r and experienced the same problems you are currently having but once I purchased a dvd-r/w I have been problem free. You might try a friend who has a dvd-r/w and burn the source disc to a different brand of dvd disc.
 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 06:54 PM
I have a Phillips DVD+RW 9
 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 07:11 PM



Traditionally, BenQ drives have preferred DVD+R/+RW media over DVD-R/-RW media. This comes as no surprise as Philips is the most prominent and important member of the +RW Alliance. Philips and BenQ are partners. Your specific model might be differnt. I suggest you look up the manufactures specs to see what types of media it supports.

Good luck...

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[Edited on 1/14/2007 by robertson]

 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 07:14 PM
I hear you - but, I have previously received the exact same DVDmodel, Maxell DVD-R and my drive read it right away. The only difference is one is 8X and the other (the one that worked) is 16X
 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 07:26 PM
some units don't read particular discs. check the disc itself in another drive if you have one or at a friends house. there are + and - type discs. also sometimes its just the brand your pc doesn't like. not all dyes used work as well.
 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 08:42 PM
You can check for, and download, firmware updates for your drive. Go to the Phillips website and do a search for firmware. You may have to find the specific model of your DVD+RW9. You can Go into the device manager for that if you use Windows. Maybe that will help.
No guarantees.




 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 09:27 PM
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if you use Windows.

The operative phrase. Any mac advice for this problem? No problems with any DVDs + or -, with these couple of annoying exceptions.

 

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You can check for, and download, firmware updates for your drive. Go to the Phillips website and do a search for firmware. You may have to find the specific model of your DVD+RW9. You can Go into the device manager for that if you use Windows. Maybe that will help.
No guarantees.


As I started to read your initial post and scroll down the thread this is the solution that came to my mind. One note of caution - make sure the firmware update is performed exactly in the manner spelled out for performing the update.

 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 10:40 PM
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You can check for, and download, firmware updates for your drive. Go to the Phillips website and do a search for firmware. You may have to find the specific model of your DVD+RW9. You can Go into the device manager for that if you use Windows. Maybe that will help.
No guarantees.


As I started to read your initial post and scroll down the thread this is the solution that came to my mind. One note of caution - make sure the firmware update is performed exactly in the manner spelled out for performing the update.



I have found my model DVD+RW 8601
On the philips website, I didn't havemuch luck - I searched for firmware, with no results. I could register the product, but it wants the serial # as well as the model - no idea where I would find the serial #. I also did update driver in my control panel, but info said I had the most up-to-date. Any additional help would be great. Just going back - just on the chance the disc itself is empty, is there a way to find out if there is any data on it at all? I put it in my Home Theater DVD player and it comes up cannot play.

 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 05:23 AM
I would guess the disc is empty....try putting some data on it...that will tell you for sure.

 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 07:57 AM
I'm told that drivers and firmware updates are two different things. What you want are firmware updates, not drivers. Check out bleeping computers.com they have some pretty good tutorials.

It's more likely that the DVD is bad. And it won't play because nothings written to it. Or just plain corrupted. It happens.

to find cd dvd model number on windows
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial119.html

 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 11:21 AM
I have been leaning towards the disc being empty myself. I pmd freebird to see if we could try this again, however I would send him bnp this time instead of a freebie. We'll see what happens. I know from trying that my drive will not record on a DVD-R, but can read that format.
 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 04:10 PM
If you look closely at the disc you can usually tell if something has been burned on it. You should see a slight difference in color where the burn ended and the unused space on the disc begins.
 
 


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