Hello all, new here, but not to Burning DVD's, etc. I need some advice.
I found this unit as an open box clearance at local Best Buy for disturbingly cheap. It's the external 2-connector USB variety. My existing laptop doesn't have USB3 so it was the best fit for me.
Anyway, I bought some Memorex BD-R's that were on sale, and the drive won't init them at all (says incompatible media in ImgBurn). But, when I pop a DVD in there, bang, works great, same for a CD. I can talk to the drive, query it, all that stuff. It communicates it's statuses, like tray open, etc. I cheated the interlock briefly to check the lasers, both blinked briefly and the head moved. I thought maybe the BR diode was dead, etc.
I even flashed the F/W to 1.30 (familiar with all this sort of thing.) Now reports as 1.30. Seems happy!
Except.... I returned the memorex's for Verbatims thinking I had issues with the BD-R's. Alas, the same thing happened. I am using a USB port extender cord as I do not have two USB's right next to each other, and one is specifically tagged as a USB/eSATA high power port.
I did NOT get the CD in the box that's supposed to come with it and the manual makes reference to some "special" driver that only comes with the Cyberlink software for burning 6x, but that shouldn't stop it from doing something, right? Could it just be the driver? Can't find it anywhere online.
Guidance? anything? I'm a seasoned tech veteran and this is irritating me!