This also refuses to write DVDs - Im using the same type I have used throughout, but to be on the safeside I opened a new spindle of them - still no luck.
Went into My Computer and it showed the drive as being a CD drive as opposed to naming it.
Went into Device Manager and the drive is shown by its Name and referred to as a CD drive however. It intermittently disappears from Device Manager.
I decided to put the original drive in and check the above 2 points, and found exactly the same happened.
What is strange is that in the burning software programmes without exception the drives are both correctly named as being DVD/RW drives and their respective names when installed.
I can play CDs, I can play most DVD's but cannot record any DVD, havent tried recording CD's as thats something I never do, and dont have any stock.
System is XP Home SP2 (as SP3 continually refuses to load and rolls itself back)
I have tried several DVD burning software programs including my favourite DVDFab plus several Freeware ones which I had used successfully before.
On one occasion I received an error message referring to formatting and packet writing but didnt note it down exactly. On several occasions the disk is reported as being Full, othertimes that the program to be recorded will not fit (this is because it bases it on a CD size).
I've tried changing Master and Slave connections, I've tried CSL on the interface, I've pulled all cables in and out several times.
Im now at a total loss as to what to check as looking at both drives Manufacturers sites they both do not produce drivers only using the Windows ones and my Firmware is the latest on each drive.