A new strange thing with blank media that has cost me some money in return postage . . .
I’ve had this drive for almost three years and it’s never given me a lick of trouble.
I’d ordered some Verbatim 16x DVD-r from Amazon, and when I put a blank DVD in the drive, the light flashed, I heard some spinning, and then nada.
When I opened My Computer and clicked on the drive, it told me to insert a DVD.
I went returned them and ordered TY 16x from SuperMedia Store.
[I still have the 16x here - haven’t gotten an RMA or gotten to the post office yet]
I ordered TY 8x thru Amazon partner and they arrived today and I popped one in the drive and . . .
[I’m telling you where the TY’s are from in case it’s pertinent - I see so much info here about disc source in addition to mfg place and brand]
Ran to Best Buy and bought Sonys on sale - I’ve never had an issue with Sonys.
Came home, popped one in the drive and nothing.
Formerly, when I put blank media in, I’d get the dialogue box asking me what I wanted to do and I would answer “Cancel.”
So now, no dialogue box and XP thinks there’s no disc in the drive.
From quickly skimming another thread here, I got the idea to use Nero CD-DVD speed to look at the drive/disc. I opened it, and lo and behold, it saw the blank Sony!
I decided to try and burn a DVD from files on a hard drive using Nero Burning ROM. I have a successfully burned DVD now.
I just popped it back in the drive and got the dialogue box.
A transfer rate test says it burned fine.
CD-DVD speed recognizes the TYs also, and so I supposed they will burn just fine.
I have absolutely no idea what’s going on here -
why is XP all of a sudden failing to recognize blank media in this drive?
I can probably get by just fine as long as Nero knows it’s there because I can’t think of anything I do with DVDs NOT in Nero, but still . . .
any suggestions are welcome.
Blank CDs give me the dialogue box as they always have.
XP Home, SP1