Hi, I just received my 3540a and stuck it in a Plumax USB/Firewire Combo enclosure. This is the enclosure: http://www.dealsonic.com/plpmblcousb22.html
It has the Prolific PL-3507 chipset (not sure which version/firmware, but I just purchased the enclosure 2 weeks ago, so I assume the latest?)
I am running WinXP SP2 and the 3540a is using the 1.W5 firmware. I'm connecting the enclosure to my laptop via a generic Firewire Cardbus adapter with a NEC chipset.
My problem is that none of my burning software detects the 3540 drive. However, the drive and enclosure are recognized by Windows (when turned on, the drive shows up as a seperate drive in My Computer; though in Device Manager, under CD/DVD Devices, it lists Pl-3501 IEEE1394 Storage Device instead of the actual dvdr? I believe my old dvr-105 in an enclosure used to actually show up in Device Manager?)
Further, the drive is functional and I can play DVDs on it as well as rip DVDs using DvdDecrypter. Using Nero InfoTool, it actually is detected and InfoTool lists the NEC DVD_RW ND-3540A, current firmware, and all the supported write features are correctly checked.
However, once I start up Nero to burn, the only writer I can select is the Image Recorder. Similarly, with DvdShrink and InstantCopy, the drive is never an option to write with.
I've searched through the forums, but didn't come across any answers and I apologize if this issue has been covered before somewhere. I greatly appreciate any help/advice/insight anyone can offer. Please let me know if there is futher information I can provide that will be of assistance in diagnosing the issue.
I haven't tried hooking the drive/enclosure up via USB2 because I'd really like to get it to work via Firewire as my laptop only has 2 precious USB slots.
Thanks in advance for any and all help!