I got this query from a friend about 2 weeks ago - he had just got a computer.
Let me get this right, when you insert a blank cdr or cdrw disk, and “click on the drive”, you get that “incorrect function” message?
But if you insert a non-blank cdrom or music CD you can click on the drive & see files, play the CD, whatever?
You are using M$ Windows.
When you say you “click on the drive”, do you mean you open My Computer or Windows Explorer and click on the drive letter?
Because if so, what you are experiencing sounds like normal Windows behavior.
If you put a blank writable CD in a drive and click on the drive in My Computer, you will ALWAYS get that “incorrect function” message. It is meant to happen. That’s how you tell it’s blank.
What is there for Explorer to show you? No files. No filesystem! No nothing. But it’s not the same as having no disk at all in the drive. That gets you the other error message “please insert a disk”.
Also, the other thing, the changing drive description “CD Drive” thing, is a well known bug in Windows XP. Don’t worry, it’s only a cosmetic thing.
Perhaps you thought that you could insert a blank CD into the drive & just drag and drop files onto it in Explorer? Like you can with a floppy? Seems logical, but you have to have special software installed called packet writing software. Nero InCD and Roxio DirectCD are examples. They allow you to treat the CD like a giant floppy. It has to formatted, and it can be slow and slow up your PC. A lot of people install it, try it out, and remove it again…
Or maybe you had Windows XP’s CD burning stuff running before, and now it has stopped? Could be connected to the change of writer.