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Posted on Sunday, December 21, 2003 - 9:52 am:   

ok, here goes. i used to have Windows 98SE which worked great for 2 and half years without any major problems (i know, amazing isint it!), that was until my cd/rw started playing up. it was an IDE CD R/RW 4X4X32. basically it would crash the entire comp when a disc was inserted, and it would also make the cd drive icons disappear in my Computer. so the comp was still under warrenty and after a lot of trial and error i recieved a new Cd Writer about 4 months ago( exactly the same model only twice as fast i.e 8 speed.) the OS was still 98Se and it worked fine. but then after a couple of months it did the same thing again and so having been advised that an OS upgrade would likely fix it, as its more likely to be software than hardware cuz its a brand new burner, i did a full hard-drive format and did a clean install of XP Professional, and it still wont work! the cd-burner is not crashing the comp anymore, rather it recognises blank cd-r's and it will carry out the burning function, but it actualy doesnt burn anything onto the discs at all, it also used to read data files stored on cd in the same manner as my dvd-rom, but it doesnt do that anymore either, yet the properties section ensures me that my 'device is working properly'! can anyone HELP!?!? im a competent windows user and have tried everything i can think of driver updates, uninstalling and reinstalling drive, even tweaking the registry keys and nothign at all. i've almost given up and resigned myself to having to buy an external wirter so this doesnt happen again.
Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 - 9:37 am:   

I wish I had a definite answer for you as far as the burning issue goes. Many times it does come down to software used to burn CD's. XP has native burning software built in ala the old drag and drop to an open writeable folder and for this, if I remember correctly, Microsoft's aspi version must be used. Software that is supplied with the burner might conflict with the ASPI provided by MS and in doing so might only allow a CDRW to simulate the write operation on the disk. You think the disk is written however the disk remains blank. Download and install a utility called ASPI check and this will confirm if you have multiple ASPI layers installed.

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