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Laptop will not burn to DVD?

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think_sweet | 13:10 Mon 26th Nov 2007 | Technology
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I have a few films on my laptop i want to burn onto DVD's. i first bought DVD+R and they didnt work, then DVD-R which also didnt work i then checked the side of the laptop on the CD drive and i said DVD+ReWritable so ive just bought them disks and the film still wont burn to DVD, i'm using windows media player and they play fine, but when i go to 'burn' it keeps saying 'please insert a blank CD'...Ive now spent over �20 on disks that cannot be used! what am i doing wrong, any suggestions, many thanks xx

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Hi,
I think what you are doing wrong is not using a dvd burning program. Windows Media Player (some versions) can only write audio cds. For DVDs you should be using something such as Nero (which usually comes bundled with new dvd recorders) or freeware such as imgburn or isoburn. Try using Nero first and see how you get on. There's a lot more info to be had on this website, although some of it is quite technical.

http://www.doom9.org/

BTW computers can usually read and write to any dvd media, it's the playback machine that usually specifies -r / rw or +r / rw. Most dvd players worth buying these days can playback both. Hope you find a solution to your problem.
You can`t burn films from media player, only music, that`s why it`s asking you to insert cd. You need Nero or some other burning rom to burn films.
if you r burning fims from your laptop chances r they will be in avi format in which case you will need to convert them to a dvd format so they can b played on your dvd player.if that is the case go onto google and type in sothink dvd maker and download it. it will convert the files and burn them to dvd in one go its very easy to use and best of all free.
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Great stuff, thanks very much!! Downloaded it and it works very well, as for me thinking windows media player burned to DVD well i'll learn haha! thanks for the help much appreciated x

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