Quick overview. I own a dvd/cd combo burner which is pretty new. It has worked flawlessly for five or six months up until very recently. All of a sudden it failed to read cdrw's or burn them. If I pop in a cdr it continuously tries to read it to no avail. The drive will read cd's (just not cdr media) and dvd's and will burn dvd's as well so I know its not a hardware issue. I have updated the firmware, I have updated the adaptec crap (I forget what the drivers are called) and have tried pretty much everything to fix this.
Here's what I got.
Win xp pro sp2
Samsung ts-h552b dvdrw/cdrw
Asus mother board (p4p800 - e)
Pentium 4 1.6
Here's what I've tried and discovered.
Windows xp is listing two devices in device manager for cddrives even though I've only got one drive plugged in. Xp device manager lists:
Generic Dvd-Rom Scsi cdrom device
(even though I have no scsi drive!)
and Tsstcorp cd/dvdw ts-h552
(I cannot remember if this is what it used to be, I'm assuming not)
Iv'e uninstalled both rebooted. I've uninstalled the IDE second controller rebooted. I've followed microsoft's xp article on how to edit the registry by deleting the filters to fix something like this caused by uninstalling a burning program and rebooted. I've followed some other articles editing the registry I didnt really understand and rebooted then restored the registry. I've uninstalled Nero and any other burning software I happened to own rebooted then installed nero and rebooted. I've rebooted just to reboot and then rebooted and still nothing.
I don't remember what I did to cause this to happen but it could be anything because I install and uninstall alot. Who knows. So if any one can help I would really really love you for it. I'm off to bed, its late and I'm sick of my computer (and rebooting, seriously) Thanks again.