I recently bought a Pioneer DVR-K15 fitted into a slimline external case with USB 2.0 connection for my Acer Aspire (1.8GHz, 768Mb RAM) notebook. It installed fine, shows up in My Computer and Device Manager, but when I put a blank DVD-R in, it won’t recognize it. Same with a burnt CD and a blank DVD-R DL. I thought maybe it wasn’t getting enough power from the USB port, so I hooked up 2 USB ports, one to feed just power, the other to give both power and communication, still no luck.
Basically after you put a disk in it starts interfering with everything else that is running, freezing the computer up and generally being extremely resource heavy (or something). I am trying it with Roxio Easy Media Creator suite 8, as this has had great reviews and is supposedly better than Nero. I am tempted now to go back to Nero and try that, but I have a feeling it won’t make a difference. The Matshita CD-RW drive fitted internally in the notebook has always worked fine… Any suggestions? I really want to get this drive working because it looks so slick.