And another question...
Has this drive ever successfully burned a CD before? (I'm not going to ask if you have.)
As for "nothing was recorded at all" comment, the Recording Process has a "Now I'm starting" command and a "Now I'm finished" commend.
Every CD-DVD-BluRay player in the world MUST see those two commands. First. If they don't see both, then they refuse to examine any other actually-burned bits and bytes. The burning laser can etch in 5%, 20% even 99% of my files onto a disk, but if the "Now I'm finished" command isn't burned in, then none of that matters - no Player will acknowledge even the teeniest percentage has been 'burned'. Great, huh?
Yeah... kinda like bridge-building. Half-built, even 99% built bridges don't mean diddly - they gotta go all the way across... this is why I kindly let Hubby walk across logs stretched across the creek first. "No no, no 'ladies first' necessary..."