ChatterBank15 mins ago
LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW 1213S. Doesn't burn DVD's
Hi everyone. Was hoping someone would be able to give me some advice on my DVD drive not burning DVD's. It works fine for CD's / CDRW but won't have none of it on DVD's. Have tried upgrading the firmware but that just resulted in it not burning anything and i ended up having to do a system restore. Reads and rips DVD's fine.
Thanks for any help,
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You can't do a system restore on the firmware of your hardware.Have you read these instructions on updating the firmware.
It sounds to me as though you have a problem with your software i.e. the programme that you are using to burn the DVDs.
What programme are you using.
If you've added the DVD burner after having had another device on the same IDE cable then you may have added it as slave. I had to swap these for mine to work.
Lots of jargon here - does it make sense?!
I agree stevie that the DVD writer should be set as master and even better for it not to be attached to the same IDE cable as the other optical device but if that were the problem, then it would also affect the CD writing capabilities which it apparently doesn't. I would still opt for the problem being with the burning software.
Thanks for replys. The system restore that i done was to a few days previous to me starting to mess about with the firmware. The link that you put up was the same as where i got the firmware from. I know it says on there that you can't change the firmware back once done, thats why i had to go back a few days. Before i done the restore it wouldn't even recognise that there was a DVD drive. I Have tried burning on Nero & WMP. Also looked on google but others seem to have the same problem with no solution.This is the only CD / DVD drive that i have so i'd guess that the slave idea wouldn't apply ?? I can burn CD's fine as well just problem with DVD's.
Thanks again. Have had the system for around 8 months now and have never burnt a DVD on it. Did originally think that is was because i brought -DVDs instead of + but then a couple of months later on closer inspection saw that it was a +/-RW. Tried +RW ( sony make ) and same thing. Just to clarify, it's a CD / DVD combo drive. I see what you're saying now dodgy shirt. What would you suggest i try next then ?? I have tried the lite-on firmware route with no success and am a bit reluctant to try again incase it all stops working again.
Thanks for any help.
then it does burn DVDs.
Inside your PC case, jim, is your hard drive(s) on one IDE cable and this DVD burner the only device on the 2nd IDE cable (or is the DVD set as slave and the hard drive set as master on one cable) ??
The jumper is the wee sky blue thing to the left of middle at the bottom of this image. It can go in one of 3 places, on this image, far left = cable select, middle = slave and right = master. You need it to be in "master".
Sorry kerplunk we really do seem to have our cables crossed, your post did appear to be addressed to me rather than to jim.
I too seem to have lost the plot on this one as I remember now reading what an oustanding DVD writer this model was.
Stevie' s right to point out that it should be master relative to any other optical drive but where two drives are fitted, I find it best to slave the DVD-ROM or CD-ROM to the HDD as putting both optical drives on the same IDE cable seems to cause conflicts in some cases when copying from drive to drive.
If Jim is able to confirm that his setup agrees with the outlines given by stevie, then we are probably back to it being a software problem but jim appears a bit shy in telling us which it is.