Can a dvd+rw be booktyped to dvd-rom?

Discussion in 'General Hardware Issues' started by Spanky, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. Spanky

    Spanky Well-Known Member

    Just wondering if this can be done, my set top player won't see rw and I'm having no luck booktyping a +rw to dvd-rom. :disagree:
     
  2. DetroitBaseball

    DetroitBaseball Well-Known Member

    Yes it can be done.
     
  3. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    The capacity to do so is dependent on your burner and your burner's firmware.
     
  4. Spanky

    Spanky Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys. I found a small utility that got the job done on my other optical drive. Changed it without rewriting the disk, didn't know you could do that?
     
  5. DetroitBaseball

    DetroitBaseball Well-Known Member

    It makes sense. Isn't it kept in a special part of the DVD?
     
  6. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    You generally have to change booktype before burning. dvd+rw differs in that, I believe anyway, it can be changed also after burning.
     
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2007
  7. Spanky

    Spanky Well-Known Member


    Yeah, still won't play in the set top. Gonna try burning again setting the booktype first.
     
  8. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    It may simply be a media/player compatibility issue. I'm under the impression that rws, in general, have a lower reflectivity than writable blank media, so you can either try another brand of rw media--or you may simply be out of luck with rw media and that player.
     
  9. DetroitBaseball

    DetroitBaseball Well-Known Member

    That's what I am thinking.
     
  10. Spanky

    Spanky Well-Known Member

    I think you guys are right on both counts. The dye on the rw is a dull charcoal grey rather than the reflective blue on the TY DVDR. And it still won’t work on the set top player setting the booktype first, works great on the PC though so I’m sure it’s a compatibility issue with the stand alone player.
    I appreciate the help in any case.
     
  11. zebadee

    zebadee Well-Known Member

    Hi :)
    Booktype is 4 bits of data which tells the player/writer what format the disc is.
    Booktyping & Bitsetting are the same. A method for changing the booktype.
    Many folk in order to minimise confusion will refer to Booktype, what the media actually is.
    Bitsetting as changing from what to what. i.e. DVD+R to DVD-ROM.
    As already stated changing Booktype (or Bitsetting) rewrites the first 4 bits. So that on reading the disc the player is led to believe that the media inserted is a DVD-ROM.
    This is done to DVD+R/RW/DL.
    There is no need for Bitsetting of - media.
    Most will tell that it is not possible. Which isnt strictly true. But more than acceptable for our purposes.
    DVD+RW can have its Booktype changed even after writing data. Unlike DVD+R/DL which can only be done prior to burning.

    Dye colour can have as dramatic an affect on playability.
    Mainly down to reflectivity.
    Darker is better in these cases.
     
  12. Spanky

    Spanky Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info zebadee, that explains how it changed the booktype without rewriting disk. Although it’s kind of a DUH if you think about it.
     
  13. zebadee

    zebadee Well-Known Member

    Hi :)
    @ Spanky
    Just confirming/consolidating here.
    Perhaps Webslinger will move it to become one of his famous stickies.
     
  14. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

  15. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    In what forum would you like me to make it a sticky? Sorry, I'm in the middle of testing Clonecd at the moment, but if you let me know where you want it . . . Or you can certainly feel free to create your own sticky, of course.
     
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  16. DetroitBaseball

    DetroitBaseball Well-Known Member

    Probably CD/DVD blanks?
     
  17. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    Last edited: Oct 7, 2007
  18. Spanky

    Spanky Well-Known Member

  19. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    I'm glad what Zebadee wrote made sense to you. :agree:
     
  20. zebadee

    zebadee Well-Known Member

    Hi :)
    I was initially going to make it a sticky, but couldn't decide where to put it.
    Although it is media by definition. Most folk (new) only discover it when having problems playing back on a standalone player. Which is hardware.
    So I opted out & posted here. :D