Help with a Toshiba DVD notebook drive

vbimport

#1

Hi!

I know that this is not the right place to ask this, but I don’t know where to ask. Please help me if you can!

I have a Compaq laptop with a Compaq DVD-ROM SD-C2512 drive. This is a Toshiba drive.
My problem is that this drive only reads - dvds + is not supported. Is there any way to add + media support to the drive, maybe via firmware update?

Please help me, cause almoust all of my DVDs are +.

Thanx,
Gurabli


#2

Very few firmwares seem to be available for this drive, see here.

Best choice would be to use DVD+R media booktyped to DVD-ROM.


#3

Hi gurabli,

I’m sorry to say, but as far as I know the SD-C2512 doesn’t support +R media and there are no firmware updates that can change this.

Edit: As chef said, booktyping to DVD-ROM will help you out on this one.


#4

Thanx for your reply!! How stupid I was, I didn’t remember about booktyping:) To be ernest, before I bought the laptop, I never had to use booktyping. My DVD player supports + media.
I just burned a +R DVD with NEC 3520 booktype set to DVD-ROM and well,well, the little Toshiba drive reads it without any problem!

Once more, thanx for your help!!!

gurabli


#5

I have the same problem.

If I have a bunch of +R DVD’s, how can I play them on this player. Do I just have to burn them all over again? Is there an easier way? I can burn -R DVD’s and have the media but how do you do booktyping? I use Nero 6 to burn DVD’s by the way.


#6

Your burner and it’s firmware has to support Bitsetting (Booktype to DVD-ROM eg.).
Bitsetting is possible with +R, +RW and +R DL media.

In Nero, select your burner and open options. Recorder > choose


#7

This Toshiba doesn’t read + media at all, and no way to fix that except booktyping. So or do booktyping, or get a new drive like I did:) I recommend you NEC ND-6650 or newer, definetly the best drive available, and it costs around $80. (It supports booktyping too:))


#8

can i booktype DVD’s that I have already made?

I have the ability to copy DVD’s so would it be easier to just copy the DVD to DVD-R disks?


#9

No, you can’t change the booktype on finished (burned) dvd’s.

As for the second question, it is a solution to make a copy of your +r medias to -r, but my suggestion is to consider a purchase of a new drive for your notebook. Why? I guess all of us (should) use only the best available DVD brands (our data’s are worth a little extra cost, no?). If you do a quick calculation, how much will you pay for new -r medias (not taking into the account the time of making the backups) you will easily end up around the cost of a new drive:) And all your problems are solved! The Evo notebook is a powerfull and one of the most perfect notebooks I have ever worked on, so it deserves a good drive:) Of course, it depends how many +r medias do you own, but still, you will have many problems with rewritable discs (even - ones) etc.

Cheers,
gurabli


#10

Could you recomend a good drive? I don’t really need burning capabilities. Just being able to read all the new DVD media types. Thanks for all your help.


#11

The best drives come from NEC. They are very good burners and decent readers with excellent modified firmware support (thanx to people HERE :bow: ) And they are very affordable too! ND-6650 around 80 Euros.
As for DVD-ROM drives, I don’t know too much, try to look around on this site. You might find good ones on eBay, used but vey cheap.
Definetly avoid LG and Samsung!!! (Well, LG does have a decent burner released now, it is built in the Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo series and it works very good, but it costs more than NEC)

You must decide, but consider that a DVD-ROM drive can have more problems with with reading than burners. And do not buy combo drives, they are almoust expensive as DVD writers!


#12

Hm, I’d say that’s a bit short-sighted.
NEC makes good drives but others too and without all the great patchers NEC would be only 3rd grade, IMHO.