DVD Writer Issues
Posted on 2006-11-08
CDROM - Memorex 52X on IDE channel #2 as master
HD - on IDE channel #1 as master
IDE / PCI board installed with 2 channels - appears as a SCSI interface in Device Manager (normal)
(this last interface is used for adding hard drives to the system for testing, cloning, etc.)
I added a Plextor PX-708A DVD Writer into the system to burn some audio CDs. At first it seemed to work but now it doesn't. A lot of weird things are happening:
- if there's a blank CD in the Plextor drive at boot, the boot process stops at the IDE / PCI BIOS boot. Removing the disk allows the boot to continue.
- trying to burn an audio CD with almost any software causes an error. Example: Windows Media Player will say that an error occurred but there is *no* information to say what happened. Event Monitor doesn't have any events associated with this. The error occurs almost immediately after the burn is asked for. Other software (Roxio Easy CD Creator 5.0) fails after more time. So does MusicMatch jukebox. etc.
Now, I *have* been able to make audio CDs on this drive in this machine but have tried to install various burning applications and that seems to have caused this failure.
What might I do to get back to a usable system?