What drivers for drive?



Hi guys,

Having quite a few problems with my DVD-RW drive, ( ¾ of the disk I tried to create have been coasters, with errors including “power calibration”, “failed end track”, “could not perform fixation” and sometimes the computer just freezes during simulation or burning.)
I was wondering what drivers should been installed for my NEC ND-1300A. At the moment when using device manager and viewing “driver details” it lists four Microsoft drivers (default ones). However when I looked at the same thing on my brother’s laptop there are a lot more drivers for his CD-RW drive, the four Microsoft ones as well as some Roxio and Oakwood drivers. I have Nero Burning ROM installed, should this give the drive more drivers? Also one of the Microsoft drivers is “cdrom.sys”, shouldn’t this be “dvdrw.sys” or similar.

Thanks to anyone who replies.


no, don’t give it “more drivers”…

maybe you should just change the type of media used… try other ones - if errors occur, maybe your drive is defective…

btw: the other drivers from your brothers laptop are drivers from other burning apps…


oh, as i can see in your signature, you have nforce chipset?

if you have installed the nforce drivers, uninstall them, download the newest ones from www.nvidia.com and install those WITHOUT the IDE-Drivers…
Maybe this can solve your problem, too - there are sooooo many problems because of the nForce IDE-Drivers… :frowning:


Thanks for the quick reply Razor1982.
I’ve already uninstalled the nVidia drivers and im using the standard microsoft ones. So far i’ve tried about 8 different brands of CD-R media, only 2 have i had any luck with. I’m thinking of buying a ND-3500A but im only going to buy one if i know the drive is the problem not any software or drivers issues. Also does Roxio gives drivers but Nero software doesn’t is this right?

Thanks again


nero does install own drivers, too…
but the drivers installed by the program are not device-drivers for burners, but drivers for the program to be able to communicate with the hardware in a special way…

so, the drivers installed by a burning software do (normally) not improve the general functions of a drive… you see, there is a difference between a driver like a graphics-driver and a driver mentioned above…

if you could take your drive and install it in another system you can see if your drive is defective… maybe to a friend’s computer or whatever…

does your system freeze only while burning or is it a general problem? because, it might be that your power supply (350W) might be of bad quality and not give a constant power - and then if you use your drive to burn a dvd it might be unable to give enough power all the time…

or maybe a temperatur problem in your tower? are the dvd-medias HOT if they were burned?


Thanks for the explanation about the drivers. Interesting you mention about heat problems. When i first got the system, games used to freeze occasionally, looked on forums and found out it was a heat problem. Brought some more fans and a better HSF and now games only freeze when its a hot day and after a long time (underclocking increases stability). I have also thought the PSU could be weak, the problem being with the system is the manufacturer i brought it from has gone bust (no warranty or support) so upgrading PSU/drive is gone cost me.

i think DVD’s and CD’s do normally come out hot from burning and just playing, is this bad?

Thanks again.


i think DVD’s and CD’s do normally come out hot from burning and just playing, is this bad?

the question is: HOW hot are they? when i play or burn a cd, it is absolutely cold when it comes out of my computer… because the temperature in my case doesn’t get more than 30°C… :slight_smile: even on hot days when the sun is burning on my case (it’s black…) i never reached more than 35°C… :slight_smile: when i give full power to my case-fans (speed-controlled) temperature inside gets down to 25°C… :slight_smile: :slight_smile: :iagree:

generally you can say: if it gets (too) hot, it’s not good… high temperature makes your cpu running unstable, same for graphics-card - and as a result your devices like cd-rom / dvd-rw / harddisc’s CAN make troubles also…


Using speedfan to monitor temps, it says CPU idles around 40oC and system is around 35. Under load these rise to 60 and 50. At the moment though the big problem is that the NEC drive hardly recognises any disk (DVD films, audio CD’s, burnt CD-R’s). I thought the lens could be dirty so i tried a lens cleaning disk but even that was not recognised. Could heat cause these problems? (tried it after a cold boot but no improvement)



I’m starting to think heat is a problem. Some verbatim CD-R’s and Philips CD-RW’s are only recogonised after a cold boot. I tried to create a simple data disk (containing office documents and pictures) on both of the disks; however I got exactly the same error when I tried writing on each disk.

Burning gets to around 6%, progress stops then looking in the nerohistory.txt file the following happened…

“Power calibration error”
“all writers idle, stopping conversion”
“Invalid write state”
“Could not perform EndTrack”
“Session fixation error”
“Could not perform Fixation”
“falling back to disc fixation”
“Burn process failed at 10x (1,500 KB/s)”

All these errors in one attempt, it looks like the power calibration error started the other errors off. Could this indicate a weak PSU could be the problem?

  1. go through the 10 points listed @ http://www.mrbass.org/dvdnewbie/ [though YOU may be no newbie, the trouble IS, and may be related to any one ,or all, of the listed items]

  2. update the firmware of the drive. check for updates @ http://forum.rpc1.org/dl_all.php

  3. try another brand of CD/DvD disc

  4. install aspi layer. preferred is v460. get it @ http://www.snapfiles.com/get/aspilayer.html

  5. a) update the burning program you are using to the latest release. b) uninstall any recently installed software. c) do a virus scan, and a scan with spybot s & d [ get it @ http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html ]

  6. for XP or Win2K users, optimise your operating system Services for best system performance. for info go to http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/service411.htm#Alerter and http://www.freeware-alternative.uni.cc/downloads/service-controller-xp/service-controller-xp.html

  7. open taskmanager and shutdown ALL unneeded processes that are running.

  8. a) try another burning software and see if you get a better result. deepburner standard is free. get it @ http://www.deepburner.com/ b) for users of alcohol 120%, update to the latest drives support DLL [ look for topic “Alcohol 120% Device Support Patch Released” @ http://forum.alcohol-soft.com/index.php?showforum=10 ]

  9. make sure mainboard chipset drivers are up to date. make sure all cables and jumpers connected to drives are correctly configured with regard to master/slave setup.

  10. enter your BIOS and disable anything you don’t use. set memory speeds to default. set cpu speed to default. if you overclock, DON’T [until you are certain that overclocking is not the cause of the trouble].

  11. if you still cannot fix the problem, try the drive in another PC that has NO burning issues…if possible.


99% of Power calibration error are fixed by using quality media. it actually has zero to do with actual physical power of PC