I purchased a DELL I9300 Laptop in Jan 2006. The laptop came with SONY DVD+-RW DW-D59A drive. My Sonic was preinstalled. I installed Roxio Easy Media creator 7 on top of it and burnt data CDs and data DVDs. I was able to read old data CDs ( created using a different drive) and copy the contents to the hard disk. Everything was ok till two weeks back till I attempted to write a MP3 CD using Roxio. Roxio took lot of time to complete the MP3 writing, so I killed the process.
After this incident, the drive stopped recognizing any CD ( audio, data) or DVD.
I then uninstalled Roxio and MySonic ( though I never used MySonic for recording purpose). Based on few articles with suggestions to remove upper and lower filters in the registry, I deleted these entries from registry as well.
After this, the drive is able to recognize all DVDs except a data DVD that was written using the same drive earlier. The drive is also able to recognize few CDs but is not reading most of the data CDs which was recognized by the drive earlier.
I tried updating the driver; updating firmware; removing the drive; installing Roxio again ; cleaning the lens; booting it with the CD on in the drive but nothing works.
The strange thing is it reads ALL DVD movies without any problem; it doesn't read a data DVD ; it reads few CDs but not all of them ; it doesn't recognize blank CD for recording but recognizes blank DVD.
The OS is XP Sp2 Media Center edition.
Any help in resolving this will be of great help.