Worth knowing about. Some CD.DVD recording software is locked to a make/model drive so if you replace the drive, it doesn't fix the problem.
This is why I install CDBURNERXP to see if it works with the drive so I know if I have a failed drive issue.
Recently I inserted a blank DVD-R disk into my burner so I could record to it. I have had the system 2 years with no problems whatsoever. Now it either won't recognize the drive or says "insert disk". Strangely enough, the drive identification says DVD-RW drive until the disk is inserted, then the ID states CD-ROM drive. When inserting disks with commercial movies or data on them, they play fine. Although movies made with another computer are not recognized. I've tried several disks made by different manufacturers and none of them are recognized as DVDs.
According to my paperwork from Dell and my system information, my DVD writer is a HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GWA4164B. My OS is Windows XP 2.
I purchased a MADDOG DVD writer recently (when my other writer started the error messages) and am getting the same message from it when inserting blank disks. I am in contact with support from Maddog.
Does anyone know what the problem could be? Is it my computer?
Thanks in advance for any assistance you can offer.