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DVD Burners, and How to Identify Them

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  1. pancakeman

    pancakeman IncGamers Member

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    DVD Burners, and How to Identify Them

    I'm trying to burn a DVD, and I need to know how to make sure my computer has that capability before going out and buying a bunch of DVDRWs. My CD burning software shows that I have the capability to rip a DVD, but I don't know if that translates to being able to create one.


    Also, what is the speed that most DVDs run at? I need one that is 4x or lower, is that a special kind?


    Thanks. :wave:
     
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    Re: DVD Burners, and How to Identify Them

    You should be able to see it in System Profiler. If you can see the front panel of your drive it usually says if it can burn disks or not.

    The DVD speed is just the speed that the disk can safely be burned, you should be fine with a pack from Wal-Mart or someplace, if they are rated higher it won't hurt.
     
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    Re: DVD Burners, and How to Identify Them

    if you use nero or other burning software it will say what media can be used

    worst case look up your system specs and see if it says
    dvd/rw = read/write
    dvd/rom = read only
     
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    Re: DVD Burners, and How to Identify Them

    Why do you need to burn at 4x? You want to read it in an old drive? Just make sure you set the burning speed in Nero or whatever you're using. And find something to do with your time while you're waiting.

    Unless the shop ran out of black bezels and used one from a different machine like mine...



     
  5. pancakeman

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    Re: DVD Burners, and How to Identify Them

    My burning software says I can copy a DVD, but my drive says DVDROM. Am I screwed?
     
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    Re: DVD Burners, and How to Identify Them

    I take it you don't have any of the original manuals or install discs or anything? You could always put in a blank and see what happens. They cost practically nothing these days.
     
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    Re: DVD Burners, and How to Identify Them

    What does it say on the DVD unit? RW Symbol? Anything?
     
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    Re: DVD Burners, and How to Identify Them

    This can't be that hard. I assumed from KOW's reference to System Profiler that you're a Mac user. If not, and you're a Windows user, you can find the drive info in Device Manager. In either case, even if it's not clear from the description listed if the drive is recordable/re-writable, surely you can look up the model number online and find out pretty quickly.
     
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    Re: DVD Burners, and How to Identify Them

    You should rather get a DVD rewinder :D
     
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    It can't be a Mac or it would Just Work.
     
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    Re: DVD Burners, and How to Identify Them

    Yeah, I got my terms mixed up there.



     
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    What I want to know about these newfangled DVDs is how someone puts the player needle on the track. It's so damned small I can't see it.



     

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