Sony DVD/RW burner (Sony DW-G120A / DRU-120C)

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#1

Konichiwa Banjin!. I have a problem, or had, and still have a little bit to solve and i need help with. i own a sony DW-G120A dvd burner, ( my PC operating system is Windows XP SP2), which was working perfectly. it suddenly stopped burning into DVD/R Discs and only read discs i burnt files into in the past and other application discs. i “kind of” solved the problem by going into Control panel->Administrative Tools->Services-> IMAPI CD-Burning COM service and set the Startup type to “Manual”. Now i can burn using nero (this is also a temporary solution for those who have thesame problem, which from my observation is LOAD-O-people). the problem here is, once nero burns my files, my pc or “DVD/RW drive” can’t/Woun’t read the files. it turns out blank. but when i try the CD on my laptop with Vista, it displays all my burnt files like a normal DVD rom.
Another thing is that the drive shows as DVD-RAM Drive when there is no CD in it, but when i place a blank DVD rom in it it shows as “CD-Rom Drive”, am pretty certain it should be DVD something. any way, if any one has a solution for this problem, please let me know, cause i would like to burn backups of my files into a blank DVD and Read them on thesame pc, not just my laptop :sad:. Thank you


#2

Welcome to CD Freaks! :)[QUOTE=Heng;2091442]Another thing is that the drive shows as DVD-RAM Drive when there is no CD in it, but when i place a blank DVD rom in it it shows as “CD-Rom Drive”, am pretty certain it should be DVD something[/QUOTE] This is normal. :iagree:

Are you doing multisession discs?

Just as a suggestion, I’d try to follow this guide, and report back on what happens: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314060


#3

[QUOTE=Heng;2091442]once nero burns my files, my pc or “DVD/RW drive” can’t/Woun’t read the files. it turns out blank. but when i try the CD on my laptop with Vista, it displays all my burnt files like a normal DVD rom.[/QUOTE]

This could be the result of a device filter. I have attached a small utility that you can use to check. Click “Scan Registry” and note which filters for device type “CDROM” are shown.

[QUOTE=Heng;2091442]Another thing is that the drive shows as DVD-RAM Drive when there is no CD in it, but when i place a blank DVD rom in it it shows as “CD-Rom Drive”, am pretty certain it should be DVD something.[/QUOTE]

This is normal behavior in Windows XP.

superhero

FilterFix.zip (16.8 KB)


#4

tanx guys, although its a bit late, al try it now, and try to get back to you as soon as possible


#5

OK here is what i found,
Device type - CDROM
FilterType - Upper
Filter Name - GEARAspiWDM
Device Name - DVD/CDROM drives

Device type - CDROM
FilterType - Lower
Filter Name - PxHelp0
Device Name - DVD/CDROM drives

this is a reply to superhero, i have yet to complete your task albert, i will get back to you as soon as possible ^^


#6

Try uninstalling the drive in Device Manager and restart the PC to allow Windows to reinstall the drive to see if that may help.


#7

Tried that Bevills1, sadly it did’nt work :S. Tanx for the reply ^^


#8

Heng, You can safely remove both listed filters, and then reboot. Usually the PxHelp20 doesn’t cause problems but it is not needed either.

Hope this helps. :slight_smile:


#9

Instead of IMAPI as manual, disalbe it.


#10

[QUOTE=superhero;2091912]Heng, You can safely remove both listed filters, and then reboot. Usually the PxHelp20 doesn’t cause problems but it is not needed either.

Hope this helps. :)[/QUOTE]

deleted those files, also disabled IMAPI… , but it still shows as “CD Drive” when my DVD disc is in =/.


#11

[QUOTE=Heng;2092013]deleted those files, also disabled IMAPI… , but it still shows as “CD Drive” when my DVD disc is in =/.[/QUOTE]

With a blank disc or a pre-recorded disc? As said, a blank disc will show that. :wink:

And do you still have the issue reading discs you’ve just recorded?


#12

[QUOTE=Albert;2092041]With a blank disc or a pre-recorded disc? As said, a blank disc will show that. :wink:

And do you still have the issue reading discs you’ve just recorded?[/QUOTE]

well, it has changed a little. now when i try to burn through windows, i can actually put the files in without saying it encountered an error. but, when i try to write the files its says “there is no disc in the drive”. its as if it is no longer reading as a DVD/RW drive but as a CD/RW drive. any who, i still can’t read discs i have just burnt, thank you for the reply albert :D. (this is with IMAPI disabled, when enabled its just like before).


#13

I am going to assume that you are trying to use Windows Explorer in Windows XP to burn to a DVD. This will not work.

If you can, please get Nero CD-DVD Speed [a free download; found on www.cdspeed2000.com], place a disc you’ve already written in your Sony, open up CD-DVD Speed, click the Disc Info tab, and post a screenshot.

Also, do you have any other CD/DVD related programs installed?


#14

i loaded up Nero Dispspeed, and put in a DVD disk i recently burnt with nero, the start button is blacked out. but when i use a DVD disk i burnt when it was fully working, it is not blacked out.


#15

Try reflashing current firmware or update firmware.


#16

[QUOTE=bevills1;2092280]Try reflashing current firmware or update firmware.[/QUOTE]

Tried that, didnt work (sorry for the late reply, i was at my brothers house).
erm… my DVD/R is even worse than before now, it wount even burn with nero any more. something about “power calibration error”. this, is reaaaaaaaaally getting annoying, and i think i should just open up my pc, take it out and get a hammer. that might scare it and make it work =/


#17

yeah if that doesnt work make sure that you give it a good wack with the hammer then recycle the smashed pieces. You may want to, not scare it just stomp on it then smash it. I have the same problem, I tried many of the tasks mentioned above nothing works. dell makes cheap drives that don’t last three years on a lap top. I may run mine over a couple of times without scaring it first. thanks for the scare tip.