This burner was bought as a “MAD DOG” MegaSTORE MD-18XTFI. It shows up in device mgr. as “TSSTcorp CD/DVDW SH-S182D” This drive will not read any burned DVD’s at all but will read all factory DVD’s
I’ve tried reading the burned DVD’s with DVD Decrytper and DVD Shrink along with several software DVD players, all show a error saying that the “disc is empty” All the burned DVD’s I tried in this drive play without any problems on 2 other computers and a home player. I even burned a DVD (Matrix) using this burner and it too will not play/read on this drive but works ok in everything else.
This is the 2nd unit with the same problem. I have flashed the firmware 2 times on this unit from SH-S182D_SB00 to SH-S182D_SB05 found on the Mad Dog site and then from SH-S182D_SB05 to SH-S182D_SB06, the lastest I have found on Samsung’s site.
Ok this is getting really odd! I broke down and installed this unit into another computer and it did read and play burned DVD’s. The reason I did this is because it just didn’t feel like the drive itself was the problem, if ya know what I mean.
If this was a I/O problem why does it only not play/read burned DVD’s and read/play all others? I am very confused and lost at this point!
I have reinstalled the IDE drivers, changed the cable and the IDE channel and even cked the power supply. There has got to be something simple here that I am missing. I even did a system restore dating back 2 months and that had no effect so I undid the restore.
With a burned DVD in the drive Nero Info Tool reports…
type: Blank DVD-R
supported speeds 16.0X-12.0X-8.0X-4.0X
Blank Capacity 4.38 GB
Manufacturer ID CMC MAG.AM3
Copy Protection NA
I just don’t know what to look for now.
I would have never known this if my grand doughter didn’t break one of my back-ups.
I am on a Windows puter, XP pro SP2 and everything is up to date.
If there’s any info you need me to supply to help you help me just let me know