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CD burner driver

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My sister's Windows 98SE PC does not recognize the burning featuer of her OptoRite 52×24×52× CD burner.  Where can I get some Atapi drivers for that?  Any other drivers?  The thing is treated just like any plain CD-ROM drive.  I installed it after the OS was already on there.

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Radomir Jordanovic
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Luc FrankenEMEA Server Engineer
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Hi radomirthegreat,

No special driver is needed, the software which you use to burn needs to have a reference to the drive. Check their website for an update.

Greetings,

LucF
Out of interest, did you use an install disk from the manufacturer or just plug and play?

New hardware may be labelled as 98 complient, but they are not made for it.

LucF has mentioned looking for an update on the manufacturers website and I agree.
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this might have been caused by OS compatibility. you may want to uninstall all software and the burner driver from your system, download the drive firmware from the manufactureres website, update the firmware, and then reboot to see if it works. install the burning software (without installing the driver from CD) after your system detects it correctly. the firmware updates are here: http://www.optorite.com.tw/_english/web/2_service/2_firmwares.php

the official CD drive troubleshooting guide of your burner:
http://www.optorite.com.tw/_english/web/2_service/4_shooting.php

as a side note, you may need to manually enable CD recording. right click on the CD drive, go to "CD Recording", and check the checkbox for "enable CD recording".

hope this helps.

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Which of the two firmwares should I download?  The bigger one?

The CD-RW drive was installed as plug and play, meaning that the PROPERTIES menu only has one tab, as it would have a tab for any CD drive.

When I installed the drive, I also installed just NTI burning software that came with another CD burner of the same speed, but not from the same manufacturer.  I made sure not to install any otherdrively drivers with that, since I only supposed (and didn't check) that the CD-RW drive was installed properly.

I would like this only to work temporarily.  I need to back up some files on the PC and then install XP.  The PC has a lot of problems getting on the net, but I have a floppy drive and a DVD burner for transfering large amounts of files.  Basically, would the firmware update work with NTI?  Or Roxio ECDC?  Or B's Recorder Gold?  Or Nero?  With anything at all?  Is it that simple?

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what is your burner model?
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Hey, sorry for the late response.  I've been doing some hardware work, as well as some other work at a part-time job, so I haven't had time to get to my e-mail.

I haven't checked the burner model, but it's a 52×24×52 CD burner.

It's a pity to spend money on burning programs when WinXP will recognize the CD burner automatically.  So, I'm looking for a quick fix to back up files (there's no "useful" net access on the PC due to 98SE and wireless lan and 512MBs ram problems) before I format the hard drive.  How about an OEM version of Nero that came with another CD burner?
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>>How about an OEM version of Nero that came with another CD burner?
How about getting the 30 demo from http://www.nero.com

Windows 98 doesn't have any cd-rom writing software included, so you will need to use some kind of program to do this with.

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Ah, I installed Nero and everything is perfectly fine!  The PC still thinks the CD-RW drive is only a 52× CD-ROM drive, but now the properties menu has Nero stuff as well as standard CD-ROM drive details.  To test the drive, I burned a 76MB CD yesterday and everything is fine.  How very strange!  It just so happens to be that the Nero I installed actually came with the drive!  And the instructions are that no other burning software should be used except for Nero.  So, thanks for all your help!
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radomir, just a question? What was wrong with my comments?

LucF
Sorry, but I agree with LucF.

What was wrong with him telling you that you needed the software that came with the drive, which was clearly echoed by Snowguy and he mentioned that LucF had said it.

Did you make a mistake?

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I thought he was referring to upgrading the CD burner's firmware.  Now that I've reread the comment, I see what he meant.  Oops.  Sorry, LucF.  How should I go about this?  Could I make a "points for" question?  Or maybe redo the points?
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No problem... this explanation is enough. I was just wondering.

Thanks,

LucF
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