Hello all, newbie to this forum.
Just bought a second-hand Benq DVD-R/DVD-RW 2108VR writer (which is a rebadged Pioneer 104 drive) and am having a wierd problem with it (http://www.benq-eu.com/Products/DVDRewriter/index.cfm?product=173&page=features). The drive is able to read DVD’s and (I presume but haven’t yet tried) write to them but will not read or write standard CD-ROMs?!? It just sort of clicks away reapetatively for about a minute before deciding there is nothing there. It has the latest firmware at version 1.40 and plays back DVD movies like a dream so I can’t figure out why it won’t recognise CD’s. Can anyone shed any light on this? One thing that is perhaps a clue is that when I first installed it I had it on IDE channel 3 (which is raid) and playback for DVD’s was awful. I changed round the IDE config and put it onto two (at the sacrifice of sharing an IDE chanel for two hard drives) and playback was perfect. Also, when I had it on IDE 3 an error message came up in My Computer when I clicked on the drive with a CD-ROM on it saying ‘Please Insert a Disk…’ but now that it’s on channel 2 it opens up without an error message but with no data showing! I’ve just got a horrible feeling that the drive is damaged.