I don’t know if this drive is “lite-on” or “LG” or what so the mod’s can move this to the correct forum (just pm and tell you because otherwise I’ll never find it)
Anyway I have an HP 740 DVD burner (external). While it makes a nice DVD rom it does little else. I can sometimes get it to burn disk but its an extreme battle (12 hours… 2 weeks… it keeps getting longer). And I can find no reason for why it decides to work sometimes. The problem seems to be that the drive freezes during the burning process somewhere between 1-3% and before it’s actually burned anything to any disks. I’ve tried a number of different burning programs and the problem seems to be the same. Alcohol at least gave me the courtesy of an error message, vague as it was (non specified error, program will shut down). Nero just freezes and crashes the computer until I yank the burner’s USB cord out of the computer then everything seems to be okay. (can’t do a safety remove, it disables that in it’s freezing process)
So the problem seems to be in transmitting the data to the burner to burn or maybe a firmware problem.
The things I have tried to do to remedy the problem is to try every burning software under the sun and also to uninstall the drive and reinstall it a bunch of times in case it was a driver problem.
Here is the NERO program InfoTool about my drive -> infotool
Here is what I could find on the HP homepage for firmware . It is however for 740i (the internal). Mine says 740-X01 on it.
The absolute other only thing I can possibly think of is that maybe the USB cord is bad. …Its a long shot but um I’m totally out of ideas. Like I said Im just going to pitch the stupid thing and look for a new one in Akihabara or something this weekend if nobody knows what the problem is.