Long-time subscriber Adam wrote about his problem in burning and reading DVD’s:
I am a long-time follower of your newsletters, and I would like your help to solve this problem. I had sent an Email to LG for help but no response! (Surprise?)
I have 2 computers both running XP.
COMPUTER A: Pentium 111 733 MHz has Nero 6 Ultra. I burnt a DVD with some HP Drivers, user Manuals ets on a DVD +R Disc, but the RW CD Rom ( LG Super Multi RW Model GSA 4167b wit upgraded Firmware DL13(EW)(1)will not read the disc. It says the data may be corrupted or something like that.
COMPUTER B: Is an HP D530 CMT with a Pentium 4 – 2.3 GHz also running Win XP. But I have no trouble reading this Disc. The CD ROM is a LG Super Multi RW.GSA H54n.
Any thoughts how I can solve this problem?
I wrote back to Adam to ask if he burned the DVD on the same DVD writer that won’t read it? (note that he said "RW CD Rom" — but that model number is a DVD burner, not a CD burner)
One problem with CD and DVD drives is that the loading mechanism will get out of calibration such that they will burn a CD or DVD, but that when you eject and reload the DVD/CD, the unit doesn’t mount it quite in the same manner — and the read heads won’t be able to read a disc that the unit just wrote.
As long as you don’t eject the disc, the drive could read it, but as soon as you ejected it, the drive wouldn’t load it the same way.
That’s not a problem when it writes the disc because the disc is not pre-formatted — the DVD burner is creating the formatting as it writes.
My solution would be to change the DVD drive. They’re cheap and disposable, just like video cassette recorders became. When it doesn’t work, junk it and get another (but not like the $399 CD burner that I bought in 1994 — t was just disposable, not cheap).
Here’s an article where I wrote about the parts I picked to build my new desktop, with my affiliate links to the vendor I used