I bought the Emprex DVD-RW at Fry’s Electronics and unfortunately I waited too long to install it. Now that the 30 day period has passed, I cannot take it back get my money back so i am trying to see if anyone can help me try to make it work.
Here’s My symptoms and setup.
I put together a new system, a K7VTA3 ECS motherboard, with 2400+MHZ AMD Athlon procesor, 512 MB RAM, GFORCE FX video card etc. Windows XP pro
I also bought the DVD-RW at frys, an EMPREX 4X DVD-R/+R etc.
It’s listed as DVDRW 1004IM, I think it’s very similar to the BTC brand.
Anyways I installed it in my new system, and it worked for things like playing CDs, loading software from CDs etc, but then I started trying to burn DVD Backups - (totally legal copies of my 3 yr old boys disney movies to start with)
Anyways, I had lots of problems. I started out trying to use DVD X Copy Express software, and kept making lots of coasters. I eventually gave up thinking my DVD Burner was fryed. Then I saw a different one on sale at COMPUSA, and bought that one, but had similar problems, so i started to investigate the software side of things thnking maybe it was software issues. Sure enough I tried making the same stuff with DVD Shrink and NERO, and it works perfectly fine (knock on wood) I have made 6 or 7 DVDs now and haven’t made any coasters yet.
Then this past weekend or so my girlfriends sister asked me to build her a system. She had a few things in her old computer but wanted to upgrade - so I went shopping and put together a very similar system to what I have. (K7-a600 ECS Motherboard, 2500+ MHZ AMD Athlon processor, Gforce 3 video card etc.Windows XP Pro) The system is working very well. Then i got this great Idea i will put that emprex DVD Burner in there and see if i can make it work now that I have all the software issues resolved. One huge problem. Now the system doesn’t like the drive.
If I put an audio CD in the drive it will open the disk and recognize the tracks - it shows the names and artists of the track, etc. but it won’t play the songs.
I figured that far along that something was definitely wrong, i have tried to switch the CD-Rom Drive to Master and put the DVD-RW as the Slave on the IDE Cable - same problem.
Then I tried using A Firmware update from Dangerous Brothers - same problem.
Then i tried using a firmware update from the EMPREX Website, (made sure I had the correct one - twice) upgraded it, restarted the computer and boom - same problem.
I’m running out of answers over here and looking for help. I saw something about switching the settings in the bios, but not sure if i should try that or wait for you guys to see if you’ve seen an similar problem in your machines.
If anyone has any inputs - It would be greatly aprreciated.
One other thing I was tempted to do was swap the DVD-RWs from my system to the sisters machine, and see if the problem moves, haven’t done that yet. Otherwise i can’t think of what else to do. I’m hoping to make this one work so i don’t have to go out and spend another 80-100 dollars on another burner.
Again thanks for any help you might offer.