I’m trying to narrow down a problem. Over the last year or so, I’ve started experiencing a problem with my DVD burner. Sometimes I’ll insert blank media, and it won’t recognize it and successfully burn a disc. It doesn’t make a coaster, it just doesn’t even think the disc is in the drive. A reboot of the PC usually resolves it so I can burn, but then it might do it again shortly after. Also, when ripping audio tracks from a music CD, around 30% of the time, the burner will only rip the first 20 seconds or so of the first song, and then rip everything else ok. In tricky cases, I’ve unistalled Roxio and reinstalled it, when I wasn’t able to burn an audio CD, and that solved that problem.
Does this sound like a drive problem, or possibly something with the motherboard/PC?
I know it’s hard to diagnose problems without seeing it, but I had to waste $30 on a new drive if that isn’t even the problem.