I always love reading posts like this. This is the mysterious "I have to play a DVD to make my burner rip/burn/etc." problem.
I, myself, have never experienced this problem with my machine. When I run into this problem with a friend's machine, my solution is to reformat their hard drive. After that, the problem doesn't exist. I am convinced that this is some bizarre conflict between one piece of retrograde software and another piece of retrograde software.
Solution for YOU, without formatting? Well, try these:
- Make sure the Motherboard and drive all have the latest firmware.
- Make sure drivers are up-to-date.
- Make sure your BIOS settings are correct.
- Make sure your cabling is correct. Despite what anyone else tells you, my recommended settings are to put the DVD-ROM and DVD burner on the same channel, away from the hard drives, with the DVD-ROM as master and the burner as slave. !!!Make sure to use an 80-conductor cable!!! If you use SATA hard drives, put the DVD-ROM and DVD burner on one channel each, doesn't matter which goes where, both should be set to master/single, and BOTH should use 80-conductor cables. If you only have the burner, it should be master. Have I mentioned using 80-conductor cables?
- Remove the IDE controller that the drive is attached to from device manager. Reboot, and let it be redetected.
- Uninstall Nero completely, and reinstall the latest version (available for download from their web site). Make sure to note your license key BEFORE uninstalling.
If all else fails... I don't know. Get a different burner? Reinstall Windows? Seriously, this is retrograde behavior, I've always said it is and I always will. Burners that behave differently after you've "primed" them by playing a movie... are NOT working properly.