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Plextor DVD-RW drive not a burnable device

by nike1919 / November 23, 2010 12:56 PM PST

Hello,

I am running Windows XP on a home-built computer. I have been able to burn DVDs using my Plextor PX-712A DVD-RW in the past, but am unable to burn discs with this drive anymore.

The drive is still recognized by Windows, and when I put a disc in the drive, it can be read by double clicking the drive in My Computer. However, when I put a blank disc into the drive and try to run Nero (or DVD Shrink), the only options listed as burnable devices are my CD-RW or creating an ISO image -- the Plextor drive is not there.

I have tried downloading and installing the legacy drivers found at http://www.plextoramericas.com/index.php/firmware-manual-others/additional-legacy-firmware/108-px-712a-sa-uf-109 but to no avail, it still does the same thing.

Are there any thoughts as to what could be causing this problem? I have posted my computer specs below.

Thanks.

Motherboard: ASUS P5Q SE
Processor: Intel Core2Duo E8400 @ 3GHz
RAM: 2GB DDR2
Video Card: 512MB GeForce 9800GTX+
Operating System: Windows XP Professional 32-bit
Optical Drive: ASUS CD-RW, Plextor PX-712A DVD-RW

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For starters, drivers are now used for "burning"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 23, 2010 3:51 PM PST

We use apps such as CDBURNERXP for that.

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"Thanks"
by nike1919 / November 23, 2010 10:53 PM PST

The original post states that I have been using APPS such as Nero and DVD Shrink to try and burn DVDs (as I have in the past with this recorder and computer), I downloaded the firmware thinking that maybe updating that could help resolve the issue.

Just for fun, I downloaded CDBURNERXP and tried to burn a DVD. However, when I put a blank DVD in the drive with CDBURNERXP, CDBURNERXP says "Data exceeds the size of the media, DVD+R (Used: 4096.00GB). So, switching apps to CDBURNERXP after trying Nero and DVD Shrink did not help, since last I checked, DVDs don't hold 4TB of data.

Any other thoughts?

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Just one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 24, 2010 12:35 AM PST
In reply to: "Thanks"

Can you share what you are trying to do?

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Could be a failed drive also.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 24, 2010 12:44 AM PST
In reply to: "Thanks"

Driver updates and firmware updates don't help then. Only replacing the drive does.

Kees

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Actually that error would seem to indicate ...
by Edward ODaniel / November 24, 2010 5:04 AM PST
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that you (or someone else) had been trying to use drag and drop to the writer and XP only writes to CDs that way.

Navigate (using Windows Explorer) to C:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\CD Burning\ and see how much data it contains.

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Sorry.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 24, 2010 12:34 AM PST

But I meant not and not "now."

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Got it
by nike1919 / November 25, 2010 4:23 AM PST
In reply to: Sorry.

I was able to fix the drive and have burned several DVDs successfully. Guess it wasn't dead after all.

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Not burning for you
by flrhcarr / November 26, 2010 10:32 AM PST
In reply to: Got it

So how did you get it to finally start burning again?
I had the same issue with a burner. It would sometimes burn, sometimes wouldn't. Eventually it stopped burning. After dinking around with things & it, I figured it was just dead & replaced it. Who knows what their life is, & that one was about five odd years old & a primary burner.
The main issue with replacing it was the constant hit or miss burning wasn't worth the aggravation with new drives being dirt cheap.

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