DVD Drive problem

  lukeneale 13:22 20 May 2005

I have a Philips DVD-R Drive (DVDR1640K) & an optorite CD-R Drive on my custom built PC & I'm having problems burning DVDs.
What happens is this:
The DVD will start to copy & then for apparently no reason after "x" percent completed - sometimes 12%, sometimes 80+%, it will stop writing, Nero keeps counting the time & the PC does not lock up, yet when I double click on My Computer, neither the DVD or CD drive is showing.
I can't open either drive - it's as if they don't exist.
Inititially I thought it was an over-heating problem, but I've tried with the side of the case off & it still happens - I've tried various types of disc & they all seem the same.
I have had some success, but from a pack of 25 discs, I ended up with approx 10 coasters.
I've updated Nero & also the firmware for the drive.
Any ideas ?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:46 20 May 2005

CD writing problems
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Try this if the optical drives are not appearing in My Computer or Device Manager. This is sometimes caused by the removal of Roxio software. Run regedit and navigate to registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}. Highlight it and in the right pane, find the Upperfilters and Lowerfilters values. Highlight each one in turn, right click and delete them. Close regedit and restart the computer. If in doubt make a restore point before making changes. click here

  Completealias 13:48 20 May 2005

Take it you've checked all the connections to the drives?

If the drives keep dissapearing from explorer I would try a different IDE cable as well just to rule out that as a problem

  lukeneale 14:06 20 May 2005

I don't think it is a cable problem, as sometimes it will burn a disk OK & then when I go to burn another it begins the process & then stops, other times (If I'm copying from a DVD, for example), it won't even finish reading the disc before halting.

  lukeneale 09:06 13 Jul 2005

It turns out that it was a problem with XP Professional dropping the IDE drives - I repaired XP by inserting the XP disk & choose the option to install windows & then selected the option to REPAIR windows. You'll need the licenece key of the disk you are using.
Hey Presto it's fixed !

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