Won't read DVD-Rs

jules90000

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Mar 1, 2005
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My mac will not read DVD-Rs that I just bought. When I insert the disc into my coputer, absolutely nothing happens. Whats going on?
If it helps The DVD-Rs are made by sony.
 

Artful Dodger

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jules90000 My mac will not read DVD-Rs that I just bought. When I insert the disc into my coputer, absolutely nothing happens. Whats going on?
If it helps The DVD-Rs are made by sony.
Hi, can you give a little more info? What Mac, what are you trying to do with the dvds (keep it legal), are you trying to backup files i.e. music also what apps. are you trying to use to complete this.
Let us know ;)
 
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James Philp

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Mar 5, 2005
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Had a VERY SIMILAR problem on my iMac G4;
Whaddya know, I just put in a CD (DVD actually) head cleaner, and everything was back up to tip-top form!
Hope it's that simple for you!
 
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jules90000

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Mar 1, 2005
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I have a Power Mac G4 with mirrored doors. the drive in question is a
DVD-RW/CD-RW.
I'm trying to back up some files on my computer.
also it reads regular cd's and dvd's just fine.
 
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James Philp

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My drive would read regular CD/DVD discs, but not CR-R or DVD-R and when you asked it to burn it went thgrough the motions, but nothing happened.
I put a DVD lens cleaner in (avaiable anywhere) and it fixed it straight away - try it! (I thought it was a hardware/software problem too at first! - It was a dust problem!
 
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jules90000

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Mar 1, 2005
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I have tryed a lens cleaner, and it still does on read dvd-R's or CD-R's. Is there any way to find out if there's a problem in the drive itself?
 
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jules90000

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when I ran that in terminal it said:

Vendor Product Rev
PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-104 1.40

Interconnect: ATAPI
SupportLevel: Apple Shipping
Cache: 2000k
CD-Write: -R, -RW, BUFE, CDText, Test, IndexPts, ISRC
DVD-Write: -R, -RW, BUFE, Test
Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, DVD-DAO
 
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Bear

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Try this:

jules90000 said:
My mac will not read DVD-Rs that I just bought. When I insert the disc into my coputer, absolutely nothing happens. Whats going on?
If it helps The DVD-Rs are made by sony.
If literally nothing happens, go to System Preference's->CD's & DVD's and see what it has selected for the action when you insert a blank DVD. The default is to ask what to do, there is also an option to ignore it.

And as for the brand, Sony should be alright - I've used them myself.
 
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