Just one question: In the “sticky” area there is this:
Drive seems to work ok, but it doens’t see any writable media
In most cases, the cause for this problem is quite easy to be found: an ATIP hider is installed on your system. As some copyprotections check if the disc they are running from has an ATIP (part of a CDR(W) where disc information resides), programs like CloneCD come with an ATIP hider, to hide this ATIP from the system, making it possible to run backups. By disabling this ATIP hider (sometimes called “CDR media hider”), your problem will most probably be gone.
This piece unfortunately doesn’t explain exactly >how< to find and disable an ATIP hider. What’s the secret here?
This Toshiba reads and indeed writes DVD R/Ws fine. It will see a blank CD-R fine. The Toshiba also detects and reads commercially prep’d DVDS and CD-Rs (audio disks) just fine. It’s having real trouble (no success) reading and recognizing any CD +/- R/Ws, either completely new and blank or previously written. I’ve tried Maxells, Verbatims and Staples (el-cheapos) fresh out of the wrap as well as some older ones laying around. All fail. The drive spins up winks about 25 times and either sits there with the activity light solidly illuminated forever or the activity light will extinguish. In both circumstances the drive is locked and can’t be addressed by Windows Explorer or my burning package. I can eject the disk by either hitting the button or by commanding the drive to open in Explorer. My burning package (Nero 7.0) reports there is no media in the drive. I need to say the drive has done all chores very nicely before about a month ago. I’ve uninstalled Nero and ran KillASPI. I believe the drive (the CD R/W laser) is failing but I’d like to eliminate all possibilities before I rip it out and install a new one.
How 'bout some ideas here? I wonder if there are any really good lo-level software diagnositcs out there that will test this thing and see if it’s toast. Where is this ATIP thing and how do I get to it?