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Anonymous
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May 18, 2004 6:01:45 PM

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:lol:  I finaly got HP to release a firmware update for the Sony
DW-P50A DVD+RW (laptop). The new firmware version is 1.8f. Works with
4X DVD+RW DVD's :lol: 

I have confirmed that it works but they say that it is a beta and will
be released around July!!! So if you want to wait it is up to you.

Here is a link!!

http://home.nktv.no/~gabmuth/Sony_DW-P50A_firmware_1.8f...

For the moderator!!! If you have possibility could you put the
download on your server(s) Please :oops: 

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Anonymous
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May 22, 2004 1:01:55 PM

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Hello,

Great stuff..... But can you provide or tell us where to get the 1.8e
version in case 1.8f (beta!) has some problems. Or in the best of
case a way to backup the old firmware to disk so one can restore it
???


Many thanx

Gomein

P.S. - I have not tried it yet and would like to know success or
unsuccess stories of the upgrade.... :) 

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Anonymous
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May 24, 2004 8:02:04 AM

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Hello,

I've followed you (in a matter of speak!) and did the firmware. I
noticed that the 4x +RW media is recognized now and had a minor i/o
while writing a DivX file to it but I believe it could be the media
that was not ok.

I tried to do a full format of it and it sucessfully did it.

I believe that the firmware is Ok from the tests I did.

Thanx

Gomein

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Anonymous
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May 25, 2004 8:02:10 AM

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hi @ all

hmmm I have done as you toled and installed the new FW. But now i have
the problem, that nero says "disc is in use by another process". But
there is no other stuff running???

I use nero 6.0.0.11 and hava a hp pavilion zt3120

thx for all
gsi

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Anonymous
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May 25, 2004 12:01:50 PM

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i've done it

great up nero to 6.3 and it will be good

thx a lot for all the help

[gsi]

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Anonymous
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May 25, 2004 1:02:05 PM

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Matte,

I've tested it with Memorex DVD+RW discs and there was when I found
the error and fixed it with a reformat with verify with InCD (latest
version!).

Seems to be goin along just fine.

Gomein

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Anonymous
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May 25, 2004 6:01:51 PM

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Hello Everybody,
First of all I am glad to you have got the firmware update.
By the way, I would like to know if this DVD recorder (Sony DW-P50A)
can write DVD-RW.
Could anybody help me? I did´t try to burn this disk, but I would like
to do, because my DVD player (same brand) don´t read DVD+RW, just
DVD-R.
Thanks in advance.... :D 

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Anonymous
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May 27, 2004 6:02:00 PM

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> Mattwrote:
This sounds good.
> What types of DVD discs have you tried with this firmware (1-4x, 4x,
8x)?
>
>
>
> "D_Angle" <gabbe@mindless-dot-com.no-spam.invalid> skrev i
meddelandet
> news:40aa4f89$1_6@news.athenanews.com...
> :lol:  I finaly got HP to release a firmware update for the Sony
> DW-P50A DVD+RW (laptop). The new firmware version is 1.8f. Works
with
> 4X DVD+RW DVD's :lol: 
>
> I have confirmed that it works but they say that it is a beta and
will
> be released around July!!! So if you want to wait it is up to you.
>
> Here is a link!!
>
> http://home.nktv.no/~gabmuth/Sony_DW-P50A_firmware_1.8f...
>
> For the moderator!!! If you have possibility could you put the
> download on your server(s) Please :oops: 
>
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Helll All,

I have tried with Momorex 4X DVD+RW discs and Sony 1X DVD+RW.
I've burned CD's and all so I think the firmware even if a beta
release
is quite good.

Gomein

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Anonymous
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May 29, 2004 11:02:08 PM

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I have still not encoutered any problems :) 

I have tryed sony DVD+RW dvd's at x2.4 and x2.4-x4 (no problems)
I have tryed sony DVD+R dvd's at x2.4 and x2.4-x4 (no problems)

I have also tryed a TDK DVD+RW x2.4-x4 (no problems)

CD-R(W) = no problems

Formating, iso burning and file burning (backup) show no problems..

I have not gotten around to testing x8 dvd's yet so i hope that
someone tests it soon as I have more x4 dvd+r(w) then I need at the
momment

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May 30, 2004 11:00:04 PM

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This burner only burn DVD + R/RW .

/M


"mcarvalho1" <mcarvalho79@ibest.com-dot-br.no-spam.invalid> wrote in message
news:40b38a0f$1_5@news.athenanews.com...
> Hello Everybody,
> First of all I am glad to you have got the firmware update.
> By the way, I would like to know if this DVD recorder (Sony DW-P50A)
> can write DVD-RW.
> Could anybody help me? I did´t try to burn this disk, but I would like
> to do, because my DVD player (same brand) don´t read DVD+RW, just
> DVD-R.
> Thanks in advance.... :D 
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Anonymous
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June 5, 2004 6:02:37 PM

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I'm considering buying an nx7000 with a DVD writer. The only thing I
am concerned about is the speed of the hard drive (since I will be
doing DV editing) and the DVD writer. After seeing that there is a
firmware update here, I will probably end up buying it.

Does it write to 8X with the update? And with the update, does it
write faster at all? Is there any update to be able to write to
dual-layer DVD's, so that I can copy DVD movies, which are on
dual-layer DVD's.

Thanks for any help.

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Anonymous
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June 5, 2004 8:03:19 PM

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Hello,

From the small info that was given to me and from my own expeirence,
1.8F will only add support for 4X DVD+RW media. I will not write at
4X in 4X media it will still write at 2.4X.

From the tests that I performed it is stable and working fine.

Now its your call :D 

Regards

Gomein

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Anonymous
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June 6, 2004 10:03:08 AM

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Is there an update to write to dual layer DVD's though? And will it
write on both layers?

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Anonymous
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June 6, 2004 11:02:40 AM

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Hello,

I really dont know, but I would be NOT. Because to get this BETA
firmware it was very very hard so .... do a little prayer. :wink:

Gomein

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Anonymous
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June 8, 2004 4:55:58 AM

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I've got a HP ze5300 laptop with the Sony DW-P50A DVD+RW - I upgraded the
firmware to 1.8f but can't still write to a spindle of 25 TDK DVD+RW 4x
(that says 2.4x compatible on the box).

I'm using Nero 6.0.0.0

Any ideas anyone?

Is there another firmware available?

I never got the chance to try it on 1.8c/e - would it make a difference?
Is there anywhere to get them?

Here's the error log that nero gives out:

Windows XP 5.1
IA32
WinAspi: File 'Wnaspi32.dll': Ver=4.71 (0001), size=45056 bytes, created
28/05/2003 6:53:46 PM
ahead WinASPI: File 'C:\Program Files\Multimedia\Nero6\Nero\Wnaspi32.dll':
Ver=2.0.1.56, size=163910 bytes, created 2/04/2003 8:13:44 AM
Nero version: 6.0.0.0
Recorder: <SONY DVD+RW DW-P50A> Version: 1.8f - HA 1 TA 0
- 6.0.0.0
Adapter driver: <atapi> HA 1
Drive buffer : 8192kB
Bus Type : default (0) -> ATAPI, detected: ATAPI
CD-ROM: <SONY DVD+RW DW-P50A >Version: 1.8f - HA 1 TA 0
- 6.0.0.0
Adapter driver: <atapi> HA 1

=== Scsi-Device-Map ===
DiskPeripheral : IC25N080ATMR04-0 atapi Port 0 ID 0
DMA: On
CdRomPeripheral : SONY DVD+RW DW-P50A atapi Port 1 ID 0
DMA: On
=======================

AutoRun : 0
Excluded drive IDs:
CmdQueuing : 1
CmdNotification: 2
WriteBufferSize: 82837504 (0) Byte
ShowDrvBufStat : 0
EraseSpeed : 0
BUFE : 0
Physical memory : 574MB (588784kB)
Free physical memory: 160MB (164620kB)
Memory in use : 72 %
Uncached PFiles: 0x0
Use Static Write Speed Table: 0
Use Inquiry : 1
Global Bus Type: default (0)
Check supported media : Disabled (0)

8.6.2004
ISO compilation
10:47:39 AM #1 Text 0 File Isodoc.cpp, Line 5451
Iso document burn settings
------------------------------------------
Determine maximum speed : FALSE
Simulate : FALSE
Write : TRUE
Finalize CD : TRUE
Multisession : TRUE
Multisession type: : Start multisession
Burning mode : DAO
Mode : 1
ISO Level : 1 (Max. of 11 = 8 + 3 char)
Character set : ISO 9660
Joliet : TRUE
Allow pathdepth more than 8 directories : TRUE
Allow more than 255 characters in path : TRUE
Write ISO9660 ;1 file extensions : TRUE

10:47:39 AM #2 Text 0 File Reader.cpp, Line 118
Reader running

10:47:39 AM #3 Text 0 File Writer.cpp, Line 127
Writer SONY DVD+RW DW-P50A running

10:47:39 AM #4 ISO9660GEN -11 File geniso.cpp, Line 3814
First writeable address = 0 (0x00000000)

10:47:39 AM #5 Text 0 File Burncd.cpp, Line 3081
Turn on Disc-at-once, using DVD media

10:47:40 AM #6 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 224
Last possible write address on media: 2295103 (510:01.28)
Last address to be written: 711599 (158:07.74)

10:47:40 AM #7 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 229
Write in overburning mode: FALSE

10:47:40 AM #8 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 1688
Recorder: SONY DVD+RW DW-P50A, Media type: DVD+RW
Disc Manufacturer ID: RICOHJPN, Media Type ID: W11, Product revision
number: 1
Disc Application Code: 0, Extended Information Indicators: 1

10:47:40 AM #9 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 757
Setup items (after recorder preparation)
0: TRM_DATA_MODE1 (CTransferItem)
2 indices, index0 (150) not provided
original CD pos #0 + 711600 (711600) = #711600/158:8.0
relocatable, CD pos for caching/writing not required/required, no
patch infos
-> TRM_DATA_MODE1, 2048, config 0, wanted index0 0 blocks, length
711600 blocks [SONY DVD+RW DW-P50A ]
--------------------------------------------------------------

10:47:40 AM #10 Text 0 File Burncd.cpp, Line 3318
Recorder and media-info

=======================

Burning to SONY DVD+RW DW-P50A on a DVD+RW media

10:47:40 AM #11 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 910
Prepare recorder SONY DVD+RW DW-P50A for write in cue-sheet-DAO
DAO infos:
==========
MCN:
TOCTYPE: 0x0 Session Closed, CD fixated
Tracks 1 to 1:
TRM_DATA_MODE1, 2048/0x0, ISRC "", FilePos 0 307200 1457664000

10:47:40 AM #12 Phase 24 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1818
Caching of files started

10:47:40 AM #13 Phase 25 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1818
Caching of files completed

10:47:40 AM #14 Phase 36 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1818
Burn process started at 2.4x (3,312 KB/s)

10:47:40 AM #15 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 2104
Verifying CD position of item 0 (relocatable, CD pos, no patch infos,
orig at #0): write at #0

10:47:40 AM #16 Text 0 File Cdrdrv.cpp, Line 7827
---- DVD Structure: Physical Format Information (00h) ----
Layer: 0, Address: 0 (0 h), AGID: 0; Length: 2050
Book Type: DVD+RW (9), Part Version: 2
Disc Size: 120 mm, Maximum Rate: <not specified> (F h)
Number of Layers: 1, Track Path: Parallel Track Path (PTP), Layer
Type: re-writable
Linear Density: 0,267 um/bit, Track Density: 0,74 um/track
Starting Physical Sector Number of Data Area: 30000 h (DVD-ROM,
DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW)
End Physical Sector Number of Data Area: 26053F h
End Sector Number in Layer 0: 0 h
Data in Burst Cutting Area (BCA) does not exist
Media Specific:
00 01 52 49 43 4F 48 4A - 50 4E 57 31 31 01 39 23
..RICOHJPNW11.9#
00 8A 86 68 02 26 00 8A - 86 70 02 28 00 8A 86 6A
...h.&...p.(...j
02 28 22 12 10 E0 00 F0 - 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01
(".............

10:47:40 AM #17 Phase 98 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1818
Start formatting disc before burning

10:47:40 AM #18 Text 0 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1678
Set remaining time: 8:02,968 (482968ms) -> OK

10:48:08 AM #19 Phase 100 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1818
Formatting disc was successful

10:48:08 AM #20 Phase 65 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1818
Burn process started

10:48:08 AM #21 Text 0 File DVDPlusRW.cpp, Line 513
Start write address at LBA 0
DVD high compatibility mode: Yes

10:48:11 AM #22 SCSI -1046 File Cdrdrv.cpp, Line 1361
SCSI Exec, HA 1, TA 0, LUN 0, buffer 0x08850000
Status: 0x04 (0x01, SCSI_ERR)
HA-Status 0x00 (0x00, OK)
TA-Status 0x02 (0x01, SCSI_TASTATUS_CHKCOND)
Sense Key: 0x05 (KEY_ILLEGAL_REQUEST)
Sense Code: 0x30
Sense Qual: 0x10
CDB Data: 0x2A 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x20 0x00 0x00 0x00
Sense Data: 0x70 0x00 0x05 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x12
0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x30 0x10

10:48:11 AM #23 CDR -1046 File Writer.cpp, Line 335
Illegal disc

10:48:11 AM #24 Text 0 File ThreadedTransfer.cpp, Line 227
all writers idle, stopping conversion

10:48:11 AM #25 Text 0 File ThreadedTransfer.cpp, Line 221
conversion idle, stopping reader

10:48:11 AM #26 Text 0 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1678
Set remaining time: 0:00,000 (0ms) -> OK

10:48:11 AM #27 Text 0 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1678
Set remaining time: 0:00,000 (0ms) -> OK

10:48:11 AM #28 Phase 38 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1818
Burn process failed at 2.4x (3,312 KB/s)


Existing drivers:
File 'Drivers\ASPI32.SYS': Ver=4.71 (0001), size=17005 bytes, created
28/05/2003 6:53:46 PM
File 'Drivers\PXHELP20.SYS': Ver=2.02.62a, size=20016 bytes, created
28/10/2003 8:02:00 PM (Prassi/Veritas driver for win 2K)
File 'Drivers\atapi.sys': Ver=5.1.2600.1106 (xpsp1.020828-1920),
size=86912 bytes, created 29/08/2002 1:27:50 PM (Adapter driver for rec)

Registry Keys:
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon\AllocateCDROMs
: 0 (Security Option)
Anonymous
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June 9, 2004 6:02:51 PM

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Just wondering, doesn't the fact that an external drive is connected
to USB slow it down? I don't think USB is very fast, somewhere around
2MB/s. And isn't a DVD writer considerably faster than that,
especially when you got to 4x and faster?

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June 9, 2004 6:58:52 PM

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Consider buying nx7000 series with a DVD Player/CD writer and buy a external
USB DVD 2.0 burner.
I believe that it is cheaper that way and you can easily buy a faster burner
when available.
But if you travel a lot and needs a DVD burner, why not.
The speed of the harddrive is nowhere near a standard disc as the rotation
speed is much lower,
but should be enough for capturing from a DV camera.

/M

"marcog" <gllmar013@mail.uct.ac-dot-za.no-spam.invalid> wrote in message
news:40c20abd$1_4@news.athenanews.com...
> I'm considering buying an nx7000 with a DVD writer. The only thing I
> am concerned about is the speed of the hard drive (since I will be
> doing DV editing) and the DVD writer. After seeing that there is a
> firmware update here, I will probably end up buying it.
>
> Does it write to 8X with the update? And with the update, does it
> write faster at all? Is there any update to be able to write to
> dual-layer DVD's, so that I can copy DVD movies, which are on
> dual-layer DVD's.
>
> Thanks for any help.
>
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Anonymous
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June 11, 2004 10:03:20 AM

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> Mattewrote:
Consider buying nx7000 series with a DVD Player/CD writer and buy a
external
> USB DVD 2.0 burner.
> I believe that it is cheaper that way and you can easily buy a
faster burner
> when available.
> But if you travel a lot and needs a DVD burner, why not.
> The speed of the harddrive is nowhere near a standard disc as the
rotation
> speed is much lower,
> but should be enough for capturing from a DV camera.
>
> /M
>
> "marcog" <gllmar013@mail.uct.ac-dot-za.no-spam.invalid> wrote
in message
> news:40c20abd$1_4@news.athenanews.com...
> I'm considering buying an nx7000 with a DVD writer. The only thing
I
> am concerned about is the speed of the hard drive (since I will be
> doing DV editing) and the DVD writer. After seeing that there is a
> firmware update here, I will probably end up buying it.
>
> Does it write to 8X with the update? And with the update, does it
> write faster at all? Is there any update to be able to write to
> dual-layer DVD's, so that I can copy DVD movies, which are on
> dual-layer DVD's.
>
> Thanks for any help.
>
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I think I will go with an external DVD writer. Can you help me decide
on one?

I am looking for one around $200.

I was looking here:

http://www.everythingusb.com/hardware/Storage/CD_&_DVD_...
at some from hp, this one in particular:

http://www.everythingusb.com/hardware/index/HP_DVD_Writ...
And then I also found this one:

http://www.hardwarezoom.com/viewcontent.jsp?ReviewID=193
They both write at 8x, however I will be satisfied with 4x. Has anyone
seen a dual layer external DVD writer?

Thanks for any help.

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Anonymous
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June 17, 2004 8:03:23 AM

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Hi...I bought a HP laptop zt3050ea on April with the infamous DVD
writer (DW-P50A). I have a problem with it which goes beyond the
firmware update. The DVD writer burns DVD+Rs (I have tried with many
different brands and speeds from 2.4 up to x8 ) but then they are
unreadable (I use Nero the latest version, it burns with no errors at
all, and then the disk drive cannot speed up and doesn't recognize it
at all). Though if i load them to my desktop's DVD drive it's ok!
That is crazy and i am so dissapointed with HP. Last night I tried
some new blank DVDs I bought at x2.4 speed and I thought that the
problem would be solved... :(  . Is there anybody that had the same
problem like me? I haven't tried to burn DVD+RW so far. Well, if it
cannot burn and read DVD+R what 's the point...Anybody with any
suggestions at all?

P.S...Oh and i have upgraded the drive to the 1.8f firmware version

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Anonymous
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June 17, 2004 8:04:06 AM

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Hi...I bought a HP laptop zt3050ea on April with the infamous DVD
writer (DW-P50A). I have a problem with it which goes beyond the
firmware update. The DVD writer burns DVD+Rs (I have tried with many
different brands and speeds from 2.4 up to x8 ) but then they are
unreadable (I use Nero the latest version, it burns with no errors at
all, and then the disk drive cannot speed up and doesn't recognize it
at all). Though if i load them to my desktop's DVD drive it's ok!
That is crazy and i am so dissapointed with HP. Last night I tried
some new blank DVDs I bought at x2.4 speed and I thought that the
problem would be solved... :(  . Is there anybody that had the same
problem like me? I haven't tried to burn DVD+RW so far. Well, if it
cannot burn and read DVD+R what 's the point...Anybody with any
suggestions at all?

P.S...Oh and i have upgraded the drive to the 1.8f firmware version

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Had exactly the same problem as Rowee. I think it's to do with the brand of
the dvd+RW media used.

I tried the following blanks:

SONY
Creation
Intenso
Imation
Verbatim
TDK

Only the latter two worked. All of the above were supposed to be good for
the 1x-4x range. I had already installed Nero 6.6.0.3 and the 1.8f
firmware
!