My DVD recorder - Matshita UJ-831D - has some problem with reading empty DVD's. But the problem is a little bit complicated. It stopped reading empty Emtec DVD's - and the weird thing is that it's not a problem with the recorder itself - the recorder is not broken.
I think it has smth to do with Windows XP but reinstalling (with format) did not change a thing. I can still burn DVD's but not Emtec which I find the best. I did try only two manufacturers - Emtec and some noname - those noname worked.
The problem is that burning Emtec's worked fine before. It has something to do with the recognition of empty disks by Windows. I cannot update the firmware as there is no update for this drive. I also tried a hint given by Microsoft - removing upper and lowerfilters from the registry.
ForceASPI did not help either. Even uninstalling or removing the drive, the DMA ports are ok, etc. I'm just running off ideas.
All I found was a guy who resolved his problem by removin Nforce2 IDE but the problem is my graphincs card is ATI so I don't use Nforce... besides I did not change my card drivers...
Any help would be appreciated!