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I went and bought a CD cleaner disk to use on the Toshiba. No help - same symptoms as before. I completely removed the Toshiba and then went out and purchased an all new BenQ D/L combo drive from Staples - the only store local to me and it looked like a pretty decent drive with a rebate - net for $50. I wanted to see what a new drive would do. Same thing! DVDs - commercial and home-brewed read and write OK. CD-Rs commercial and homebrewed read OK. But CD +/- RWs no detect, no read, no erase, no write. Insert fresh brand new out of the package CD RW disk, drive lights up, winks a bit and then stays light solidly. Three different types of CD RW media tried so far. I then installed an all new IDE cable, no help, same thing. Here
is a screen shot of what I get if I just try to copy a simple folder with some files in it to the BenQ or for that matter to the Toshiba. Again, an error has occured, but which error is it, Mr. Gates!
Both the old and new drives are optioned as Master - the optical drive is the only drive on the IDE channel. Hard disk is SATA. I also then went and changed to the secondary IDE, no love, same exact thing.
What am I looking at here? A new motherboard??? Does this look to you to be a Windows configuration issue???
Comments appreciated and I still haven't found anything regarding the ATIP "feature" mentioned above in the stickies area. What is that and where is it so I can take a look to see if it's affecting this.