Hi, I’m new to the forums, my name is Sean.
I have scourged forums all across the web countless nights in an attempt to solve this mystery.
I have had my PC long enough for the warranty to expire, but my disc drive in question has seen little use, in fact it’s only burned my initial two (2) DVD discs for a system restore, 2-3 data discs (mp3 format audio), and lastly I have used the lightscribe feature once.
Now you have a little background here’s the problem:
If I insert any blank media it’s not recognized.
If I insert any form of burnt media it’s not recognized.
If I insert the cover-side for a ‘lightscribe’ it’s not recognized (this is with
up-to-date Lightscribe software as well).
If I insert any factory audio, data, or video discs they can be read.
I have searched all over in an attempt at finding some ‘drivers’ in case for
some reason my system ones became corrupt.
I have downloaded several firmware versions and recently tried to flash
with the method as described here (http://club.cdfreaks.com/f36/flash-
I have also tried allowing the disc drive to boot as a master, a slave, and
currently have it set to be auto recognized by my bios and have it
plugged in as a slave.
I am currently using Nero 7, although I have tried several recommended burning programs with no luck, as well as simple disc recognition software including, but not limited to Lightscribe, Nero, and Sonic.
As far as the media brand issue goes… I would assume that it might not matter as much when taking into account the simple fact that I can not even burn an image on the cover side of a lightscribe disc.
(For topic’s sake I have used Maxell, Sony, Fujifilm, HP, Verbatim, Nexxtech, and PNY brands sucessfully at some point or another)
As suggested in another forum I did a regedit and removed my upper and lower filters, supposedly they sync over a period of time and once the media brand is changed these calculations can become in accurate.
From previous reads and tests, I have found that a complete system restore will in fact render the drive fully functional. The down side to this is that once windows connects to the wide web… Auto update somewhere/somehow fa-jiggles the drive putting me back to where I am now.
Any help anyone can offer would be GREATLY appreciated, and any further or more detailed information needed is available.