Hello I’m having a bit of a problem with my DVD burner and Nero. Maybe someone here can straighten me out. Up to last week, I have successfully burned about 15 DVDs using Nero’s DVD Video selection. It seems that lately, I can’t make DVD recording work. Nero goes all the way through and reports that burning on my Verbatim DVD +RW media at 4X was successfully completed. Yet the DVD will not play in my standalone nor my friends standalone player. The DVD will however play on the computer via a program like WinDVD. I’ve tried both erasing then recording or recording/overlaying the DVD +RW with Nero. Often times, when I erase, Nero puts out a message “Unexpected Target Error”. Googled it and found a few references but nothing close. Someone said to just record over the DVD +RW disks because that’s what you’re supposed to do in the first place. And indeed Nero announces it is formatting the disk at the start of the run, completes the task “successfully” so it says, but still no play of the movie (I’m using Nero’s DVD Video option, hitting NEW and then dragging, dropping and filling the VTS files to the VIDEO_TS folder). I figured maybe bad media - b ut I woulnd’t get 7 “bad” disks right in a row would I? I have uninstalled and reinstalled Nero three times. Yes, I am able to burn CD R/Ws with the burner and Nero as is. Also I actually used a copy of Alcohol 120% to erase the DVD +RWs that I messed up with Nero since Nero wouldn’t erase them without error or problems noted above. I believe this erasing step is unnecessary but I wanted to be sure to start with no data. The alcohol erased DVDs look to be blank when inspected using Windows Explorer.
Here’s something strange that happens which may be related to the above problem. I don’t really know. If I put up a copy of Windows Explorer and set the left panel to view the Toshiba DVD drive, it shows: DVD-RW Drive (D:). Now, when I take either a blank virgin DVD +RW disk or one of the Alcohol 120% erased ones, and put it in the drive and close it, the drive spins up and after the normal 10-15 seconds – what was showing before as DVD-RW Drive (D:) now becomes: CD Drive (D:). I’ve looked all over and I think this is not normal but I can’t tell. In either case Windows Explorer sees the empty drive as a DVD RW but introduce blank DVD media and it switches to CD Drive. Eject the disk and Windows Explorer reverts the drive to DVD-RW Drive (D:) again! Is that an error or is that the expected behavior - I don’t know because I’ve never stopped to notice this before with my equipment.
I always do a “full” erase rather than a “quick” erase even though that takes a lot longer. Further interesting tidbit: Even though Nero reports the disk erased (the few times that it’s gone completely through with it) the files are not erased and you can easily view them -and- even play the entire movie (!) with WinDVD. Question: Is this normal behavior under Windows XP Pro SP2?
So again, any opinions on why I suddenly can’t burn a DVD? And, is the problem of the drive switching to CD ROM mode the source of this? I believe I’ve ruled out that it’s a hardware problem for now.
Hope to hear from someone on this… Thanks loads!