Hi, I’m having a problem that no one seems to be able to help with.
I’ve had the NEC-3550a for 8-10 months. Shortly after purchasing it, I upgraded the firmware to the Liggy and Dee version with media speedups (1.Y6 I think?).
The drive worked great for a while. A month ago, though, it started acting up.
When I turn the PC on, the drive’s light comes on and stays on. Sometimes the PC boots up fine and the light goes out eventually after a long time; other times, the PC hangs right before the XP splash screen. If I open the drive, then it proceeds to boot up, and when I close it the light goes out quickly.
Once the computer is booted up, the drive only works sometimes. Sometimes it’s fine, other times it acts like there’s no disc in the drive, when there is. Or it will recognize a disc, but when I try to burn something, Nero crashes. But again, sometimes it’s fine.
I tried making the NEC the only enabled drive; I disconnected the IDE cable from my older, secondary DVD drive. Then the NEC worked perfectly for about three days. Then suddenly, back to the stuff described above.
I tried updating the firmware to 1.7, to no avail. I’ve played with my BIOS settings, disabling then enabling the drive, to no avail. I’m starting to wonder if the drive itself is failing, physically. I haven’t used it that much at all, really, maybe burned 100 discs with it, installed software, ripped some CDs, etc.
Any help much appreciated guys!