DVD16+/-DL4RWlD2 blanks periodically not reading

My drive does not always read blank media (cd-r or dvd-r). It takes the blank then the burning software says no media and to insert media but my drive just sits there blinking on and off. If I restart then it seems to work, at least for a while.

Not sure if it’s a known issue with a fix around or if I just need to get a replacment for this thing. Please give me your opinions.

Firmware: JWS6
Checked cables
Checked jumpers
Updated chipset drivers
Deleted/re-added drive in Device Manager
Tried nero/alcohol/cloneCD/and XP built-in
Disabled XP built-in


“Reading” Blanks is useless, precisely futile.

Recognizing is another thing, probably you’ve meant this.

yeah, thats it, recognizing.

Sorry for using the wrong term.

Disable Virtual drives, enable Auto-Insert-Notification (eg in CloneCD).