NEC 3540A works with DVD but not CD

When I’m inserting a CD and trying to mount it (I am on Linux), there is “No medium found” error. I don’t even hear it is trying to spin a disk. I tested my drive on Windows XP and there is the same problem - it looks like there is no disk in the drive.

When I’m inserting the blank CD for writing test, it is the same - it says there is no CD in the drive and asks me to insert a blank CD.

Surprisingly, this drive reads DVD (both data and video) just fine!

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I’ve installed the latest firmware (Dee’s ND3540 1.WB) in hope to fix that problem, but it didn’t help. There is netscan output:

#necflash -scan
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List of supported devices:

Device : /dev/hda
Vendor : _NEC
Model : DVD_RW ND-3540A
Firmware : 1.WB

(CD is actually inserted in the drive)
#necflash -querybt -v /dev/hda
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Currently no disc is inserted
Permanent booktype for DVD+R is DVD+R
Permanent booktype for DVD+RW is DVD+RW
Permanent booktype for DVD+R-DL is DVD-ROM
You have 500 changes left to change the permanent booktype settings
Your drive uses bitsetting version 4

Unfortunately it would appear that one part of the laser has failed. But before trashing the drive, check that Windows burning engine is switched off in the drives properties.

Yeah, I thought so but I’ve been confused of the fact that it worked with DVD’s.

I switched it off but it didn’t help. It seems it is really a time to buy new drive :frowning:

Thanks!

I have the same drive with the same problem running Debian. It will only read Dvd’s. I am not sure if it has always been like this. I mainly use DVD’s so I never really noticed. Thanks for saving me the time with binflash. At ~$30 the drive is disposable.