I just got a 3520A to replace my aging Plextor, which had stopped burning reliably.
The 3520 is currently installed as a slave on IDE1 where the plextor was. The drive was correctly recognized by my BIOS, and also correctly identified by WinXP-Home, SP2.
The drive show up in device manager and no problems are indicated. The drive also appears correctly in My Computer, but it won't recognize any disks that are inserted.
If I put a pre-recorded software CD, for example, I get a solid green light on the drive, and I can see the drive attempting to identify the disk (the cursor flashes back and forth between an arrow and the little CD).
The name of the drive never changes to the volume name of the disk, and if I double-click on the drive icon, it opens but shows no files.
I get this same behavior with all disks: I've tried audio CDs, CDRs CDRWs pre-recorded and burned DVDs.
I have a regular Sony CD as slave on IDE2, and any CD inserted there is identified immediately (the drive name switches to the volume name of the disk).
I tried switching the 3520 to IDE2 as slave, but the behavior is the same.
The plextor was working as slave on IDE1, but over time, the number of burn errors increased to the point where I had a 50/50 chance of making a coaster.
I haven't tried moving to a different firmware (the 3520 came with 1.04, and no new version is on nec's site) since I want to be able to RMA the thing if there's no hope.
I also tried deleting the drive from device manager, and having Windows redetect it, but the resulting behavior is the same.
I'm glad I bought from newegg, but I'm hoping I missed something obvious and the drive really isn't bad.
What do you think?