I sent my laptop to Geek Squad (warranty) with problems including the broken L532a optical drive. I receive my laptop back today and i figured they replaced it with a HL-DT-ST GWA-404N (FW1.02) drive. In the documentation it states that the drive read fine but doesn’t burn, and there are several drivers (and software) installed that maybe causing the issue. I believe Geeksquad tech used window’s burning software to test as pointed by they left on the desktop.
I have Nero 220.127.116.11 and i tested the burner using a CMC MAG E01 DVD+R (Nexxtech) and burning fails at 1%. Tested with a TTG02 DVD-R (TDK) and burning also fails. Nero reports “Write error” after “Writing short lead-out”
Examining the disc, I do not see an evidence of the disc being written on. [Eg, i could see a ring when the old dvd burner failed with nero at 5%]
AFAIK, Nero cannot detect the media correctly for some reason. If it is a software issue i would want to find a way to detect all related software.
As i did my quick research, i learned that this drive does not need any additional drivers–the drivers windows supplies is adequate.
I do have 3 virtual devices active using Daemon tools. I disabled it during these tests.