DVD drives have inferiority complex!

  Dipso 23:24 12 Sep 05
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I have two optical drives, a Sony DVD ROM and a Pioneer DVD RW. I was exploring some photo CD's today and the Sony drive started "not responding". I have had trouble with this drive before but since a system recovery everything was fine.

Tonight, ironically, I was trying to do an image of my C:\ drive using Acronis. I wanted to back up to my Pioneer drive using 2 DVD's rather than 11 CD's but the drive kept throwing the DVD's out saying there was an error.

When I look in My Computer both drives are showing as CD drives under "Details"? Strangely I can play DVD's using either drive but not write to the Pioneer.

I haven't changed anything (well, as far as I can remember). I did run Linspire from live CD the other night, this couldn't have caused this could it? I am sure I have used the drives since then without problems though. I am considering a system restore back to pre Linspire, but have not had success with those in the past. I would even prefer to restore to factory rather than do that to be honest.

The timing is really frustrating, I was attempting to do an image to save me time in future...

Does anyone have any possible solutions?

  Dipso 23:37 12 Sep 05

I have tried restarting, uninstalling both devices to no avail. I don't have any other DVD brands but will get some tomorrow and try that, but that doesn't resolve why the drives now show as CD drives?

  Dipso 08:51 13 Sep 05

Also tried "Troubleshooting" but no joy with that. They still think they're CD drives this morning!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 09:29 13 Sep 05

Uninstall the IDE channel the drive is on, reboot
when it finds new hardware let it install the IDE channel and when it finds the DVD reinstall the driver for DVD writer.

  xania 09:58 13 Sep 05

I understand that these drivwes can develop problems simply from dirt. Cleaning the fault drive and see if matters improve. Incidentally, my same source indicates that the DVD heads and CD heads are separate, so the device can work OK with one and not with the other!

  Dipso 21:13 13 Sep 05

I have uninstalled the IDE channel as per your suggestion. On reboot the drive was identified as a Pioneer DVDRW DVR-106D, I thought great! Then up pops the message CD DRIVE!! Although the main problem is that I can't write to DVD discs, I am also concerned that my other drive is also acting strange.

I have been trying to host an image of System Information but can't get Tinypic to load so I've had to copy n paste it but this is what's shown under "CD ROM" under Components, there is no branch marked DVD ROM.

Drive F:
Description CD-ROM Drive
Media Loaded No
Media Type CD-ROM
Name SONY DVD-ROM DDU1612
Manufacturer (Standard CD-ROM drives)
Status OK
Transfer Rate Not Available
SCSI Target ID 1
PNP Device ID IDE\CDROMSONY_DVD-ROM_DDU1612____________________DYS3____\5&258E97CF&0&0.1.0
Driver c:\windows\system32\drivers\cdrom.sys (5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158), 48.38 KB (49,536 bytes), 29/08/2002 02:27)

Drive G:
Description CD-ROM Drive
Media Loaded No
Media Type CD-ROM
Name PIONEER DVD RW DVR-106D
Manufacturer (Standard CD-ROM drives)
Status OK
Transfer Rate Not Available
SCSI Target ID 0
PNP Device ID IDE\CDROMPIONEER_DVD_RW__DVR-106D________________1.05____\432044463043333136345732204C202020202020
Driver c:\windows\system32\drivers\cdrom.sys (5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158), 48.38 KB (49,536 bytes), 29/08/2002 02:27)

  De Marcus™ 21:31 13 Sep 05

" Although the main problem is that I can't write to DVD discs"

Are you trying to use windows to burn to dvd or do you have other software?

  Dipso 21:34 13 Sep 05

I use Nero.

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