Hi everyone, I found this site through Google while looking for the answer to my problem. Liggy and others here seems to be very adept at this type of thing so I thought I'd try to borrow some of their knowledge.
I have a DVD +RW drive that was given to me. The person got it in a DELL and couldn't get it to work from day one pretty much. Instead of trying to fix it they got a new one and I asked for the broken one. They gave to me. It is a NEC ND-3450A drive. I can watch DVDs fine on it. I can also write to CD R\RWs. But, I was trying to make a backup of a DVD picture album my older sister made for me for my twin sister and I found I couldn't write to DVD Rs. I then took a DVD from my collection and made an ISO of the disk and tried to write that to a disk with no luck. The funny thing is that without a disk in the drive, Windows (XP Home Flavor) lists the drive as DVD-R Drive (D:). It's a DVD-RW combo drive. (This is why its previous owner got rid of it cause it didn't say DVD-R\RW.) However, when I put a DVD R (Maxell DVD-R 4.7gb up to 16x 2 hrs sp mode) into the drive, Windows lists the drive as CD Drive (D:) with a black DVD-R label on the ICON. I have never tried before to make a DVD so I thought the drive was fine. The previous owners never tried to make a DVD either. They arer't very computer literate. I read on the net about flashing the firmware which fixed a very similar problem with the same type of drive. The only problem is that the poster didn't feel the need to say how and with what he flashed the firmware to solve the issue. So I'm left in the dark. Do any of you have any clue how or what I need to do to fix this problem? If so, I'd love to hear from you.