I am having trouble getting Windows XP's native data CD/DVD recording feature to work with DVDs.
I have a DVD burner in my XP machine. I have used the DVD burner many times to burn video DVDs, and I have used Nero 6 to burn data discs.
I'd like to be able to use Windows XP's native "writable CD folder" technology to burn files to DVDs because it's convenient. But it doesn't work.
* When I insert a CD-R, Windows brings up the "Open writable CD folder" dialog box, and then opens the writable folder. Files dragged into the CD-R folder *do* get burned correctly.
* Now, when I insert a DVD-R (or a DVD+R), Windows again brings up the "Open writable CD folder" dialog box, and then opens the folder. But, this time, the folder doesn't have the "CD Writing Tasks" sidebar. When I try to copy files into the recording window, I get an error that says "Windows encountered a problem when trying to copy this file. What do you want Windows to do".
Strangely, when I eject the DVD, all of a sudden the folder gets the "Write these files to CD" (but there's no DVD in the drive). If I reinsert the disc, it says "There is no disc in the drive".
None of these problems happens with CD-Rs, only DVD-R's. And I can burn data DVDs with Nero, and I can burn video DVDs with video editing software, so it's not a busted drive.
I also have the drive enabled for "recording" in the Properties window.
The same problem happens on another Windows XP box here, so it's some general problem. I assume DVD-R "writable CD folders" do work on XP, right?
I do have Nero 6 Ultra installed on both machines. Is there a known conflict there?
I'd rather not randomly uninstall software trying to make the problem go away until I have some guidance about likely problems.
I don't understand much about CD/DVD driver architecture, ASPI, etc. Confusing to my small brain. Is there a way to know if I have problem drivers installed? What *should* my drivers look like?
I would like two things:
(1) An understanding of what sorts of services/drivers affect DVD recording
(2) Specific suggestions for likely causes, based on these symptoms