I’ve searched high and low, googled, tried everything I can possibly think of, including some of the suggestions here, but nothing has worked. This is my last resort before I break down and put my foot through my box.
Here’s my specs:
P4 3.0Ghz HT
2GB PC3200 SDRAM
Twin 120Gig WD SATA Hard drives (Not RAIDed)
Radeon 9800 Pro 128
SB Audigy 2 Sound Card
Intel D875PBZ Mobo
This will require a little explaining, so please bear with me. I originally had a Lite-On DVD/CDRW Combo drive slaved on the same IDE cable with the NEC-3520AW. Both worked for the longest time, then for whatever reason the Lite-On decided it didn’t want to read anything anymore. After checking jumper settings, updating firmware, everything I could think of, I gave up and trashed it. Now I have the NEC on it’s own IDE cable. It used to work fine, I backed up DVDs I had with no problems. In fact, it still reads regular data/audio CDs and DVDs fine. I just played Batman Begins a second ago. To top it all off, my second hard drive is reporting a ‘S.M.A.R.T. Event’ which basically is a countdown until the drive completely fails. I’ve got all my stuff copied over to the first drive, but I want to back it up to DVD just in case my luck ‘pays in full’ and my first drive fails.
Whenever I put in a blank DVD+R, the same kind I had been using to back up my other DVDs, it changes the My Computer icon to “CD drive” and stops. It doesn’t freeze, but it doesn’t detect a disk. Subsequently, any burning program I use (Nero, Roxio) does not detect the drive at all! I updated both my mobo BIOS and the firmware on the drive to the most recent today, and still nothing. I’ve tried replacing the IDE cable, changing the IDE drivers to the Standard MS ones (which I’m running right now), and neither has worked.
It just seems like my computer is slowly dying, and it’s not more than two years old. We recently moved back from Germany to Texas, so it is possible it was damaged in the move, but I haven’t noticed any physical signs.
Any assistance is appreciated.