Using Windows XP on a Dell Dimension 4600 with a Samsung SM348B CDRW. 2 problems here, 2nd found if 1st doesn't occur. 1)CDRW does not always seem to spin up and recognise discs as CDR or RW. I have tried with various makes of CDR and RW, no one brand works where other don't. I have cleaned the drive, using a cleaning disc and alcohol kit. I have tried having no apps running when I put the disc in, and having burn software running (Roxio), no real difference. Standard discs work in drive, as do older copied discs from the same machine. 2) If the drive does spin up and recognise a disc, I can erase the disc, but when I write to the erased disc, or write to a new disc, the write process will start but not complete, again, with no disc brand difference.
I have heard that there is some new anti piracy software that is interfering with normal function of CDRW drives. Could this be causing my problem, and how do I detect / remove this? If not, any other suggestions? I am getting to the point of just buying a new cdrw drive.