Hope someone out there can help. I've spent hours searching other forums for an answer to my prob with no positive result. This seems the best forum to seek an answer so here goes ....
I've burnt 400-500 dvds (movies & data disks) on my laptop over an 18 month period. Primarily with Cyberlink Power DVD and most recently with Roxio Media Creator 9. Whilst I've had my share of 'coasters', 90% of the time I get it right.
I've used a variety of media brands but all have been DVD-
Last week things started screwing up. The burning process always completes 'satisfactorily' but when attempting to read the disks in XP Home they show as blank disks and sometimes cause the system to hang. I've experimented with several brands of DVD- media all with the same result.
I uninstalled Roxio which I was using at the onset of the problem and returned to Cyberlink which I have installed/uninstalled twice subsequently. I ran a small program called Roxio zapper to remove hidden remains of Roxio (although it wasn't recent enough to have a Version 9 option).
I have uninstalled dvd/cd drives in Device Manager as well as IDE ATI/ATAPi controllers and let them be recreated on reboot.
I have run Reg Doctor to try and fix any registry conflicts.
Reading some similar probs I'm wondering if it is a DMA conflict. Not sure how to check or fix that. Other possibilities are firmware, the disks not being finalised properly (my guess) and an over used Burner.
The burner is TSS Corp CD/DVDW TS-L532A. Physical inspection of the burnt DVD- disks indicate burning has taken place but they can't be read by Xp or stand alone DVD Players.
Since the problem began I have successfully burnt to DVD-RW and to CD-R but once I attempt to burn DVD- the problem returns. I repeat I have had no problem with the media type previously having burnt hundreds of them.
Recent programs recently installed that could possibly have an affect are TrueCrypt (uses virtual drives) and which I have now uninstalled and Cucosoft AVI to DVD Converter (still using). On a more sinister level I wonder whether recent Auto Windows Updates may have had some hidden effect !
If anyone can help I'd be most appreciative as I've run out of ideas and I'm sick of making DVD- coasters. Thanks.