Though I FEEL like a newbie, I don't think this question's in that category, but out of respect for my first attempt, I put it here anyway. PLEASE HELP! This one's killing me!!! Nobody on the Net seems to have this problem; spent HOURS on this!
I started w/ an I/O Magic 16X writer (actually BenQ 1260x) to replace my 2nd CDRW. The drive worked as a CDROM, but no writing was possible. Wouldn't format DVDRW or CDRW discs, from multiple vendors. Nero Burning ROM wouldnt write to DVD+R (Maxell) media, either. Flashing firmware failed, but the drive continued to work the same. Assumed defective, and returned it.
Ensured latest chipset drivers from VIA installed (4-in-1). Latest video(Nvidia) drivers, since someone said that may relate . VIA IDE Tool says IDE bus is running DMA at ATA66. Have switched cables, using both ATA33 and ATA66. Deactivate antivirus s/w when formatting. Shut down as many TSR's as I can prior to attempts. None of these things changes ANYTHING.
Replaced it w/ an Emprex 16x (rebadged BTC 1016IM). Identical behavior. Worked as CDROM only (I don't own any DVDs...quit laughing!). Flashed to latest f/w successfully; no help. Used media that was on compatibility list for drive (including detailed â€œcode #'sâ€). Tried DVD-R 8x and 4-10x CDRW disks. Same deal; no positive response. Sony DVD+RW (1-4x) locks machine up on all drives (wasn't on list of 1st two drives, though).
Thought my luck just sucked, so bought Pioneer DVR-A08XLA. F/w is 1.14. You guessed it; same behavior.
Nero error message when trying to format DVDRW or CDRW disk: â€œError writing the disc in E:\ Please confirm that the disc is compatible with the drive and is not scratched or damaged.â€ Nothing on Nero's site addresses it adequately. All discs I've tried are brand new, and I've tried different ones in each pack. NOTE: My old CDRW on my Win98SE machine has NO PROBLEM formatting the same CDRW discs (Roxio). I had no problems with my LiteON and BTC CDRWs I was using before (one removed, LiteON remains,but disconnected while troubleshooting new DVD writer).
The only â€œdriverâ€ I don't like the looks of is NTIdrvr.sys. This was installed by NTI's DriveBackup! 3.x. I CANNOT get rid of it, and NTI hasn't responded. Renaming it to â€œ.BAKâ€ makes WinXP â€œloseâ€ the drive, so I tried removing NTI s/w completely (and cleaned the registry w/ jv16 powertools, but NTIdrvr.sys remains).
AMD Athlon 2200XP, 1GB PC2700 DDR, Albatron KX400-8XV Motherboard (VIA KT400 chipset), Maxtor ATA/133 drives (1=60GB Master, 1=40GB Slave).
WinXP Pro, SP1a
Presently: Pioneer DVR-A08XLA only drive on 2ndary IDE interface; â€œMasterâ€
Software: Nero FULL Edition v6.6x; latest updates as of 12/12/04 on all components. No DVD playing/authoring/etc. s/w on machine.
Who out there can solve THIS ONE???? My problems are always â€œthe one's nobody's seen.â€ It's a gift. ;o)
Any help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!