[qanda]This thread is about the Samsung SH-S203N / TS-H653N. Click here to see full specs[/qanda]OK, here's a puzzle.
TSSTcorpCDDVDW SH-203N, Version SB02, OEM SB.
EVGA 132-CK-NF79-A1 MB, nForce 790i Ultra SLI 775 A1, C73M55XECRB
Dual boot (two separate, non-RAIDed Raptors and one joint storage drive, all set as PCI/SATA, confirmed on the nForce Serial ATA controller (second entry in Device Manager).
Latest firmware updates for everything, and I have been lurking here to try to figure this out on my own, but this makes no sense to me. I have successfully updated the firmware, but no difference...
I can listen to and import CD audio. I can run iTunes and import from CD and DVD. I can play back both commercial and self-created (other system) DVDs, and can create both data and movie DVDs.
The only thing I can't do (at all) is burn CDs.
The blank media is recognized successfully by both the Vista 64 bit and XP SP3 sides of the dual boot. Neither OS shows any problems recognizing the drive, and both sides rip successfully. Both sides burn DVDs successfully. In all cases, using everything from the OS native "burn data CD" through to iTunes, CreativeLabs, RealPlayer, RealTek, etc., the burn process fails with an "unspecified error".
I tried decreasing the writing speed, i tried multiple media manufactorers, I checked for problems in Device Manager. I am rechecking the Master/Slave option in bios, but I think that is a red herring. Basically, I'm stumped.
Before I go trying to navigate Samsung tech support, am I missing something blindingly obvious? I must have some software conflict or something I don't know about, because I cannot see how hardware could be recognized and perform well on all those other tasks and fail only on the cd write.