Optiarc AD-7173A won\'t read blank media

[qanda]This thread is about the Optiarc AD-7173A. Click here to see full specs[/qanda]Hi everyone,

I hope this is in the right place as I am at my wits’ end :rolleyes:

My lovely Optiarc drive, which has been great up until now, will not read blank DVD media of any sort. I have tried various brands and types, both R and RW, and it won’t have it. The disc ‘eggtimer’ comes up, the drive seems to be doing something, but Windows doesn’t report any disk. It reads commercial/burned DVDs absolutely fine.

As I want to do some backing up, this is really annoying. I’ve tried removing the upper and lower filters and re-installing the drive, to no avail. I’m sure the answer must be staring me in the face (although I am really hoping it’s not ‘get a new one’).

There are no other problems. Can anyone help?