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Does not recognize my external USB 2.0 DVD burner

by djoda / November 12, 2005 12:50 AM PST

I just purchased an LG GSA-2166D external DVD burner. It is a USB 2.0 and when I plug it into my Windows XP computer it does not recognize it as the correct drive. Initially the drive showed up correctly and I loaded the software that came with it, but started having problems so I uninstalled the software and must have deleted something I needed. It now just shows up as a DVD-RAM or CD ROM drive and will not see anything on the drive. It gives me errors when I try to access it.

Any help on what I need to download and reinstall to make this work?

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by jackintucson / November 12, 2005 1:00 AM PST

Go to the manufacturer's website and download the latest drivers and software and install them. I've seen time and time again. Let us know.

and life goes on...


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No driver on the website
by djoda / November 12, 2005 1:20 AM PST
In reply to: drivers..

I went to the LG site and it shows the burner, but there are not any drivers for it. Maybe it is too new.

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by Stan Chambers / November 12, 2005 2:03 AM PST

Typically, Windows will supply the drivers for cd drives.
It's most likely the usb controller drivers that are needed.
Go to the website of your computers mfg. to check for updated drivers.

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I'd return it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 12, 2005 2:06 AM PST

If it failed this quickly and they offer no support, just pack it up and call it dead. Ask for a replacement.

-> This is a warranty issue.


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LG GSA-2661D works great on my machine!
by Vintagemusic / November 18, 2005 1:45 PM PST

I purchase my LG GSA-2661D on Nov 18, from Best Buy. I was a bit hesitant about buying this exclusively USB 2.0 writer, as I've always had better luck with external Firewire drives/burners, etc.

To my amazement, the LG GSA-2661D immediately appeared in the drive list, and was recognized in all of my various Video Editing/authoring programs. I then assembled a nearly 3-hour MPEG2 project in TSUNAMI DVD Author Pro and commenced to burn the huge project.

TMPenc set the burning speed at 4X (pace of burning actually seemed faster) and the finalized 8.5 capacity DVD was taken to the living room for viewing. To my surprise, the Double layer DVD played on my 5-year-old SONY Carousel player. Picture and audio quality are beyond belief! Simply spectacular! Noticeably better than any homebrew DVD's that I've ever burned using 4.7 discs and Sony burner.

I should mention that I used none of the OEM software that comes with the drive package. I already have the commercial versions of PowerDirector 5 and Nero 7. My lengthy test DVD was edited in Canopus, output to MPEG and authored in TMPEnc.

So, I hope you get your LG unit recognized on your computer, as it doesn't get any better than this!


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