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    Lousy DVD Rewritable Media or Drive?

    So I have this LiteOn DVD Writer LH-20A1H. I bought some Philips DVD-RW's only to find out that I can only use them once and then I can't erase them. The erase process never finishes whether I use the built-in erase command of Vista or Nero's erase process. So nothing can be burned on them. I think it's just lousy media.

    So I find some Imation DVD +RW's and try them out. Same result, can only be used once. And one of them can't be used straight out of the box. Are DVD Rewritable media really shitty or is the LiteOn choosy? The salesgirl at one shop seemed surprised when I complained to her and thinks that the LiteOn is just being choosy. But feedback from other computer stores say that LiteOn is the preferred writer locally.

    I already updated the firmware to the latest one out just last April 2.

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    Is this under Vista?

    Although the drive is recognised in device manager, the firmware may not be vista ready.

    Looking on the Lite-On Europe site it says "Compatibility: Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP"

    They also recommend the following media brands: TAIYO, MBI, CMC, SONY.

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    But burning to DVD -R, +R works perfectly.

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    Sounds like a sessions problem.

    Try one of the brands i listed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend View Post
    Sounds like a sessions problem.

    Try one of the brands i listed.
    There aren't many choices for DVD RW's here. I will try to erase them with our office PC using XP and a Samsung drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend View Post
    Is this under Vista?

    Although the drive is recognised in device manager, the firmware may not be vista ready.

    Looking on the Lite-On Europe site it says "Compatibility: Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP"

    They also recommend the following media brands: TAIYO, MBI, CMC, SONY.
    So I buy a Sony DVD -RW and I get exactly the same results as the other discs. Tried it on my Dad's PC same thing but he's also running Vista with a LiteOn DVD writer. I'm gonna try to restore an image of XP and see if that makes any difference.

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    Nope changing over to XP made no difference.

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    Problem with the burner. How old is the LiteON?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend View Post
    Problem with the burner. How old is the LiteON?
    It's about a month old and so is the one in my dad's PC.

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    My guess would be an issue with the burner as well.I havent seen your exact problem mainly because i rarely use DVD +/- RW media but just recently i had issues with a Lite-On not reading or writing to various types of media (original DVD's,DVD +/- R's,and even CD-RW).I replaced with a ASUS DVD-RW and works fine with all media that would not work with the Lite-On.In my expierience Lite-On's just seem to be very picky although i cant say thats definently what is causing your problem just thought i would add my two cents.

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    I bought another DVD writer, LG GSA-H55N. It seems to successfully erase all of the DVD RW's that the LiteOn couldn't erase. Will try to burn files on them.

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    LiteOn has some new firmware for my DVD drive, gonna try it out and hope that it makes things better.

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    WTF?


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    you should always have one dvd drive connected when updating firmware or it may not work. If you have just the one hooked up and it is master and you got that message then that is messed up.

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    I changed my location on the download site and the Firmware update worked! Still not too good at erasing DVD RW disks though! I also updated my dad's LiteOn LH-20A1P drive and it seems to be working better than mine at erasing DVD rewritable disks.

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