Why does my laptop not burn to DVD-Rs?

Chris East October 18, 2012

I can burn audio CDs fine in all formats, but when it comes to DVDs again all formats I can only burn to DVD-RWs. I have tried to burn the same files to DVD+Rs & DVD-Rs with no success.

This is only a very recent thing. It is completely baffling me. DVD+Rs come out completely blank. I have noticed that when burning to DVD-Rs, the burn starts right away at 5% with no write-in on the beginning

  1. ha14
    October 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    perhaps this link can give you some idea

    it could also mean your drive is the problem

    try other DVD+Rs & DVD-Rs manufacturer

    if you wish try PC Fixer, it has a test for dvd
    it is for Windows XP / Vista perhaps also 7

  2. Jim Chambers
    October 20, 2012 at 3:28 am

    Check manufacturer's support site for a firmware update for your make and model of DVD writer. Find this info in Device manager.

  3. Dimal Chandrasiri
    October 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    try nero, and if you fails, your driver might not support the types! (very weird)

  4. Paul Pruitt
    October 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I don't think your question is answered by my online CD/DVD troubleshooter, but you can give it a shot: http://cd-dvd-troubleshooter.com/.

  5. Rajaa Chowdhury
    October 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Clean your CD drive and try a simple software called CDBurnerXP. http://cdburnerxp.se/en/home

  6. Rajaa Chowdhury
    October 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Clean your CD drive and try a simple software called CDBurnerXP. http://cdburnerxp.se/en/home

  7. Erlis D.
    October 19, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Have you tried Nero! If no, install a free trial, so you can try it!
    It also has an option to see all the formats that your hardware can read and write!
    I suppose it's a driver problem, since it can write a DVD-RW disk.
    If it still doesn't work, and it has the capability to write DVD-R disks, then uninstall all the disk burning softwares. Clean all the temporary files, and broken registry keys with a software like CCleaner (it's free). Than restart, open start, type in the search box: regedit (or regedit.exe)
    After opened, go to edit > find. Tick keys, values and data..
    In the search box type the name of the software you uninstalled. (for example Nero), and delete all the keys there are founded. Press f3 to find the next registry key. This is a boring process, but deletes all the remaining keys from that software you uninstalled. (it may take hours sometime. be patient!)
    But please, do a system restore before doing this, since it's an advanced option.
    After doing this for all the programs you uninstalled, do again a temp file cleaning & registry repair process with ccleaner, restart. do again the process with ccleaner, restart. And that's all!
    This option work almost 100%. It's a boring process, but it works!
    Please tell me if it worked for you!

    • Anonymous
      October 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      thank you for your reply thats a bit over my head but i'm sure i know some that can show me what to

  8. Bruce Epper
    October 18, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Are you sure it isn't a problem with the media? For example, I have only one computer that can use TDK branded DVDs, the other 4 will ALWAYS fail to burn propely. I also have a spindle of Sony DVD-Rs that I cant use on any of my machines since they always fail during a burn as well, even with a Sony DVD Writer! (To their credit, Sony admits in their documentation that their DVD-R media won't work with their drive.)

  9. Alex Perkins
    October 18, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    The software may have a bug, try using a different one to see if its that. If it's not that then it's probably the burner. Not to worry, you can pick up an external USB one quite cheap.

  10. Anonymous
    October 18, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    i tried a different burning programme and it's still the same result still will not record on to DVD R's

  11. John Lefevre
    October 18, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Adrian is right that the reason is DVD burning softwarwe. I use Bombono with no problems, on a Linux Mint platform, but you can still use it with Windows. http://www.bombono.org/cgi-bin/wiki/Download

  12. Adrian Rea
    October 18, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I am not certain this is the right answer but windows, definitely XP doesn't ship with a DVD burner software. so many people throw away dvd writers because its not general knowledge. You need to install dvd writer software like IMGBurner.
    That should do it.

    • Anonymous
      October 18, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      Sorry i should of mentioned i was burning through Express burn.

    • Anonymous
      October 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      thank you Adrian

  13. Alex Figueiredo
    October 18, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Did tried moving to another burning software?? I got the same problem in past and after installing Ashampoo I got no more troubles.

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