I've just started using this burner (I've had it like 8+ months), and I am using the latest firmware (0P or whatever). The burner is 40x12x48x, and the media I'm using is Maxell 40x/700MB discs.
Example #1: Burning an ISO of Windows Office XP SP2. Burn it through updated Nero, everything seems to go ok. Burning at the max speed which is 40X, no problems during burn. So the burn finishes, and I attempt to test and see if it works. Insert it into my CDRW drive, and no autorun or anything. Explore it in windows explorer and I find that for some reason it's coming up as 0 bytes total size and 0 bytes left (basically as if nothing was there at all). For some reason it won't read it. Now here's the problem... on my old computer, my 3 year old+ burner can read it fine (old computer OS is 98SE, this computer's OS is XP Pro)... installs fine and everything. Seems kinda odd that a device that is fairly old would be able to read something that a new device, the one that burnt it nonetheless, would not be able to. Am I missing something or is this common for these drives not to be able to read that kind of stuff?
Example #2: I obtained Blindwrite image files for XXXXXX (don't bother asking me for them, as I deleted them after I burned the CD and it seemed to be working). Burned it using 22.214.171.124, everything went well... burned at a slower speed just to be safe. Disc finishes, pop out, pop back in, install, play using the disk, and everything's fine. For a day or so that's the case. Now just an hour or so ago, I attempt to use the same disc to play the game, and now when I try to play I get the "Please insert XXXXX disc and try again" when loading up. Did my CDRW drive mess up the disc so it doesn't work anymore (play-wise), or is there some kind of special protection that does weird stuff like that? A couple days before the same thing happened when I burned the same image file with Nero... worked just fine, played using the disc, couple hours later it didn't work anymore. I'm not seeing any major visible scratches or anything either. Anyone experience anything similar to this and know what causes it or if there's a workaround?
*Edit: Some more info about Example #2. When I use the original image files (which I don't have anymore) it always worked no matter what. Mount them to a virtual drive using Alcohol 120%, and everything's fine. I tested this just to make sure the copy I burned with Blindwrite worked: I burned the image files using Blindwrite, tested it and it worked fine. Then I used Blindread to make new image files and test those as well. Those worked too. Now with the same CD, when I try to play, it asks for the CD so it doesn't work anymore. If I make new image files now, those don't work either. I hope that helps in drawing a conclusion for what could be wrong. Apparently the files are being messed up WHILE in use? That's the only thing that would make sense, either that or of course there's some kind of new protection that messes things up.
Thanks, I'm a n00b at this