[QUOTE=Eyecatcher;2460490]OS is Windows Vista Home Premium.
When I insert a disc a CD-RW into the drive, it wants to format it, which takes an incredible amt of time. then it may say “windows unable to complete format” or it just hangs up, with the green light staying on (not blinking), and when, after several minutes it’s obvious it’s not going anywhere, you attempt to eject the disc manually, it says
"windows explorer not responding". Windows will try to find the problem, but never finds and answer.
So I am never getting to the stage of trying to burn something.[/QUOTE]
Hmmm. I also use Vista Home Premium, and I’ve had the thing where Windows wants to format on both a CD-RW (once) and a couple of times when I’ve inserted memory sticks (USB). The sticks already had stuff on BTW, so it wasn’t like Windows needed to format a brand-new stick before use.
You weren’t too clear on whether you’d tried this, but for me, both with the CD-RW disc and the memory sticks, I just hit Cancel and Windows let me use them as normal. If you have tried this, why this hasn’t worked in your case is quite a mystery…
However, aside from trying the Cancel thing, have you tried a fresh CD-RW disc, new from the pack? Just to make sure this isn’t where the issue lies.