I bought today a 3500A, together with some Fuji 8x DVD-R’s and an 80-wire IDE cable. Installed it, tried a 4.5gb burn - looked great, got to about 75% in six minutes… then the light on the drive went out and everything stopped. After a few minutes of nothing happening, the only way I could get rid of the Creator Classic (I’m using Roxio Easy Media Creator 7 - I know it gets a bad press but I found it fine for CDs) screen was by ctrl-alt-delete. Even then, the PC wouldn’t shut down properly; I had to use the reset button to reboot.
I’ve since managed to write a CD with it, but produced 3 more coasters with DVDs. I tried the freeware CD Burner XP Pro 3, which got to about 35% before stopping.
I’m using Win XP Pro with a somewhat elderly Athlon 900 and 512mb ram. I’ve looked through the troubleshooting guide and I think I’m OK with everything suggested there.
Has anyone else had a similar problem? Might I have a faulty drive? My first CD writer, ages ago (it wrote at 2x!), behaved a bit like this, and that turned out to be the IDE drivers… but the drivers on my present machine are standard (as far as I can tell) microsoft.