I lucked out and found an unused Samsung SE-S164L external DVDRom at a neighborhood garage sale for 50 cents. The lady found the installation CD for me the next day. I had been using my daughter's LightScribe on her lapop when she was here, so I was excited by my cool find since now I can do my own LightScribe labels!
I have an eMachines D5039 that runs XP and is less than two years old. It came with Power2Go. I usually burn my audio CD's on my old PC that has Nero 5. It gives me more options than the free version of Power2Go.
Once I connected the external DVD-Rom and checked it I got rid of Power2Go since it came with Nero (turned out to be Nero Express).
I just noticed this week that my older CD-RW discs that used to work fine on both PC's now are often not recognized by either drive on the newer PC (where the Samsung was added to).
I haven't noticed it doing it to any of the faster 700MB CD-RW's. The 4x 650MB ones are the ones that now cause trouble.
What I don't get is the DVD-RW drive on the PC handled them fine before I added the extra external burner. I don't think it has to do with any burning software, as I have tried two other free ones after removing Nero Express also.
I can also see how maybe the external one wouldn't recognize some older CD-RW, but why does the internal (original) one now not recognize them half of the time?
I wonder if I should restore to a certain point and maybe the settings will be back to what they were? Maybe there is a simple answer (I hope). I followed the instructions for the external drive and updated everything I could.
Now I notice it doesn't show the title of the CD I put in either drive or show me the Windows little prompt window once it detects the CD (this was after I tried more things).
The internal DVD drive is a TSSTcorp CD/DVDW TS-H552D. I tried Burrrn and InfraRecorder, but Burrrn mostly shows an error now if I put one of the older CD-RW's in. Please help a newbie!!