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SOAK: DVD burner capabilities?

So I just got a new laptop that has a DVD burner,
(NEC DVD+RW ND-5100A) but there was no documentation for it included, and nothing on the DELL support page for this computer's configuration, other than listing that this hardware is on the machine. Any advice on how to determine what capabilities it has? I've already written a couple of regular DVD+R's, but I'm wondering if it can also do DVD-R's, or DVD-RW. I'm assuming there is DVD+RW media, although I found none at the store I bought my DVD+R's. I bought a two pack of DVD-RW, thinking that perhaps this recorder could do both, but I don't want to open it without a reasonable expectation that it can handle this media.

I've tried NEC's web site with no success so far.


Secondary question: I burned a bunch of MP3's to a DVD+R, and finalized it, but my DVD player does not recognize it. It can handle MP3 CD's, but I'm now thinking that MP3-DVD's is not a standard capability of a DVD player. Is this a correct conclusion?

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http://www.vcdhelp.com

They have a fantastic database on the capabilities of burners and players.

If it handles MP3-CD's, it should be able to handle MP3-DVD's.
Check the above site for that as well. (I have a cheap $25 DVD player that can play MP3-DVD's)

It is possible that your player doesn't support Long Names or something like that.

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From here:

Write support CDR,DVDR: 16xCDR,10xCDRW,4xDVD+R,4xDVD+RW

Read speed CD/DVD-ROM: 24xCD-ROM,8xDVD-ROM

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Thanks guys. Searching some more did reveal a manual of sorts from Dell, which included the specs.
Those links are great resources too!

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Secondary question: I burned a bunch of MP3's to a DVD+R, and finalized it, but my DVD player does not recognize it. It can handle MP3 CD's, but I'm now thinking that MP3-DVD's is not a standard capability of a DVD player. Is this a correct conclusion?


I think many DVD players can handle DVDs with MP3 files on them, but the players have a limit as to how many files they can recognize on a given disc. I've had CDs with well over 100 MP3 files play just fine but when I put several hundred MP3 files in the root of a DVD, I couldn't play it on any DVD player I could get my hands on.

Of course, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong.

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Dell drives ONLY support DVD+R/W. Even if the drive they're based on supports dual format writing, Dell specifically disables DVD-R/W support via firmware.

On the plus side Dell just recently started shipping both desktop and notebook drives capable of Double Layer writing, so you might have one of those.

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