Can\'t format due to general failure

I'm trying to format a DVD-R disc but keeping getting the message "Format failed through general failure".
I've tried two different makes of DVD and also tried doing it through Roxio and through My Computer.
I can run pre-recorded discs without any trouble.

Any ideas what's wrong - I'm not really computer literate so very simple explanations, please.

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  1. When is the last time you updated the dvd burner's firmware? Look up your make and model on the manufacturer's web site. They will list the firmware you can download/install into the drive.
  2. Thank you - I'll give it a try - I've never updated the firmware.
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