While the drive picks up a drive letter when connected and I am able to insert a Disk into it, I am unable to read any of the information on those disks and the drive does not recognise those discs as well
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It seems that the lens of the DVD writer is not working properly. Please try to clean the lens of the DVD writer with help of CD/DVD lens cleaner disc. The lens cleaner disc is easily available in market. After cleaning the lens try to run the CD/DVD again
You could try running a virtual Windows computer (using Parallels or VMWare) on your Mac. The LG site has drivers for Windows 2000, XP and Vista. There are no Mac drivers listed. Otherwise you need a different computer or burner.
I am sorry that I can't be of more help but the owner's manual indicates that this product was made for Windows systems only.
If the CD or DVD disks you inserted work in some other reader, then your reader is the problem -- even though it is properly connected to your computer, and Windows has the correct device-drivers, it is the "hardware" that is the problem.
When you insert a disk, rotate it to some position, i.e., top-lettering goes in first, and close the drawer. Do you hear the drive start to spin the disk? Open the drawer. Is the disk in the same (non-rotated) position? If so, then the motor that spins the disk is the problem. If the disk does spin, but nothing happens, then it is the "laser" part of the mechanics that is not working.
Are you currently using a Windows Machine? If so, press and hold the "windows button" (shaped like a flag on bottom left corner of keyboard) and press "r". Next, type the drive letter, followed by ":\". If this does not work, right click "My Computer", go to "Properties", "Hardware" tab, "Device Manager", "Disk Drives", and right click on the drive. Click "Format". If you get this far, post back...
I have the same annoying probem... I thought as many of you that there must be some kind of driver problem
for my device, and I gone mad searching for a strange inexistent driver
for it, but STOP SEARCHING THIS DRIVER! there's no specific driver for this device as the man working for LG says:
"this driver is plug and play and does not need drivers, it's supposed to use drivers that come with windows."
So.. what0s the problem?? as Weeply the wiseman (a.k.a MY SAVIOR) said.. the problem is the CABLE!! (at least in my case):
of my computers could find the drive, until I realized, that the USB
cable is loose and it gets loose easily... Try different mini-usb
cable, might be a problem of all cables supplied with the drive. So far
I am happy with the drive. Small, silent, works.."
Iy may seem it doesn't make any sense, but the problem is the USB cable, I tried with the one coming with my External Hard Drive And.. voilà!
What is happening is that the dvdrom firmware or the laser is failing and cannot read the disc; and because the pc is using all the system resources trying to do so; it appears that you cannot get anything to run, making it seem as if the hard drive is faulty also, though not the case.
You will need to replace the drive if this is a common occurance, as the life of a dvd drive nowadays dependant on use is aprox 2 years, because as the prices come down so does the quality of the laser required to burn and read discs.