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Plextor 712a - Any better than before?

Postby Paudman on Thu Sep 16, 2004 3:35 pm

hi all - guess who just bought this drive after a rave review in PC Advisor magazine only to find out it doesn't recognise any blank DVDs when I insert them! It shows up on 'my computer' as a 'DVDRW' but on insertion of a disc it changes to 'CD drive' and I can't record to DVD or even format the disc - is this the fault of the disc (Packard Bell DVD+R 2.4speed) as stated in later posts or something in my own machine being incompatible? I've downloaded the latest firmware to no avail. Is it simply a matter of buying better quality DVDs or should I delve deeper into my PC settings? Incidentally, it plays DVDs perfectly...
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Postby Ian on Thu Sep 16, 2004 3:39 pm

What software are you using to burn your DVD's?
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Re: Plextor 712a - Any better than before?

Postby Rich on Thu Sep 16, 2004 6:46 pm

Paudman wrote:...it doesn't recognise any blank DVDs when I insert them!


Hi, after inserting a blank disk you might try using the PLEXTOOLS PRO that came with the drive and select "CD/DVD Info". It should tell you about the blank. If it shows here but not in your application then perhaps the drive is recognizing the disk, just not your software.

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Postby Ian on Thu Sep 16, 2004 8:03 pm

I don't think he has any software installed. It sounds like he's trying to copy the files through Windows Explorer or something.
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Postby Rich on Thu Sep 16, 2004 8:05 pm

Ian wrote:I don't think he has any software installed. It sounds like he's trying to copy the files through Windows Explorer or something.


Oh, that won't work on Thursdays.

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Postby Wesociety on Thu Sep 16, 2004 9:06 pm

Ian wrote:I don't think he has any software installed.

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Postby dolphinius_rex on Fri Sep 17, 2004 2:33 am

wesociety wrote:
Ian wrote:I don't think he has any software installed.

:o
Yah... DVD burning software is a good thing!
Microsoft hasn't taken over the entire planet (yet).


Yeah, I hear they are trying to get an early start on the Moon, and future Mars expeditions. Supposedly anti-trust laws are only in affect within our own atmosphere :wink:
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Postby Rich on Fri Sep 17, 2004 12:05 pm

dolphinius_rex wrote:
wesociety wrote:
Ian wrote:I don't think he has any software installed.

:o
Yah... DVD burning software is a good thing!
Microsoft hasn't taken over the entire planet (yet).


Yeah, I hear they are trying to get an early start on the Moon, and future Mars expeditions. Supposedly anti-trust laws are only in affect within our own atmosphere :wink:


Just watch they don't go after Uranis! :sick:

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Yes folks I do have software

Postby Paudman on Fri Sep 17, 2004 3:50 pm

Re the Plextor 712a not recognising the blank DVDs - I normally use Toast 6 Titanium plus the drive came with Plextools, Nero 6 and InCD - however, this is irrelevant since all of these, plus even the computer itself and presumably Windows doesn't even recognise that there's a blank DVD in the drive.
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Postby Ian on Fri Sep 17, 2004 4:30 pm

Isn't Toast for the Mac?
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Postby aviationwiz on Fri Sep 17, 2004 5:25 pm

Ian wrote:Isn't Toast for the Mac?


Yeah, check his sig:

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Yep - Toast and the Mac... my salvation

Postby Paudman on Sat Sep 18, 2004 6:24 am

Yep, I use Toast on the Mac which is probably why I'm new to Nero and all the other Windows programs... anyway: Nero states ' the drive is currently empty' even though there's now a Prodisc 4.7 4X DVD sitting in it. Refreshing the drive detection doesn't work either.
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Postby Wesociety on Sat Sep 18, 2004 5:22 pm

Are you sure that you are selecting DVD from the drop down list box in NERO ??
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Got it now.. I think!!

Postby Paudman on Sun Sep 19, 2004 6:37 am

Tried Prodisc DVDs in the Plextor and while Windows still doesn't recognise the drive as a DVDRW once media is inserted, Nero does and enables me to burn ok with no problems. Whilst I'm happy the drive is now working - and it's FAST - I'm as usual less than impressed with Windows....
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Re: Got it now.. I think!!

Postby Rich on Sun Sep 19, 2004 1:27 pm

Paudman wrote:Tried Prodisc DVDs in the Plextor and while Windows still doesn't recognise the drive as a DVDRW


I'm pretty sure Windows won't recoginze a blank DVD-RW until you use your packet writer to format it. In this case INCD. I could be wrong, but try inserting the DVD-RW and format it with INCD. Then Windows should recognize it.

I'm going from Roxio to Nero, I just purchased the license key a couple months back. So what I remember was with roxio.

Anyway, try that and see.

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